Xenosaga, or the Game That Got Me Back to Gaming

Xenosaga is a game about an engineer and her (sexy) robot (alter-ego) saving the world from dangerous philosophical concepts. My first computer was an Atari 800xe, and that’s the clear beginning of my life as a gamer. There was a time in my 20s when I thought I had grown out of video games, and […]

Objects in the Virtual World Are More Real Than They Appear

Slavoj Zizek speaking in an excerpt from The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema “It’s just a game” or “It’s just the internet” is the standby excuse for allowing reprehensible behavior towards other people when interactions with them are mediated by a computer. Zizek argues that it’s precisely when the constraints of society are removed that we […]

Why Women Feel Guilty About Gaming

Women’s leisure is not taken seriously because women’s work is not taken seriously. Women’s work outside of the home is still construed as a kind of hobby. At the same time, the work inside the home is invisible and unpaid. In a world where the value of a thing is determined by its price, unpaid […]

Monday Linkdump: LAN Party Bans Women to Avoid Sexism

I bet these dudes in Texas were not expecting that the whole internet would be mad at them for “solving” the sexism problem at their LAN party by banning women at their upcoming Battlefield 3 launch party. It’s a private party and the organizers can do what they like, legally speaking, but let’s not confuse […]

Why I Write About Gaming and Feminism

I write about gaming and feminism because I love gaming as a hobby, but because we live in a sexist world, and games reflect the world, games are not free of sexism. If I thought that games and gamers were incorrigibly sexist and horrible, I would not bother to write about them very much. I […]

The Seven Habits of Women-Friendly Gaming Communities

Every time I go to a garage sale, I see a dusty copy of The Seven Habit of Highly Effective People. There must be a lot of people trying to be effective but not really putting their heart in it.  I read the introduction once where the author shows his scheduling priority system and I […]

Be Nice, Lady! Or Else…

When women complain about the conditions of our oppression, one of the common responses is to criticize us for not being polite enough. The argument offered every time is that if you were nicer, maybe more people will listen to you. Not only must we endure oppression, we are also supposed to kiss our oppressor’s […]

Good News, Everyone! Complaining Worked

Today’s post was going to be about the mandatory gender field in google+. If you’re reading this, you probably already know what google+ is, but just in case you don’t Ill give a summary. It’s a new social networking service created by Google. It’s currently in beta testing, but chances are if you’re one of […]

Romantic Love is a Force for Evil

Romanticism develops in proportion to the liberation of women from their biology. As civilization advances and the biological bases of sex class crumble, male supremacy must shore itself up with artificial institutions, or exaggerations of previous institutions, e.g., where previously the family had a loose, permeable form, it now tightens and rigidifies into the patriarchal […]

Not sure how I feel about this. Thoughts, anyone?
Another antifeminist shill outs herself. I’m glad she admits she’s not a feminist rather than re-defining feminism to be “whatever I want it to mean!” One could play antifeminism bingo with this article. “I did it and so can you if you just step up” — victim blaming for women oppressed economically. “I love being feminine” — embracing gender essentialism.  “Feminism is what keeps women back” — mistaking naming the problem for creating the problem. Sadly, Ms. Theus has been duped into performing the work of the patriarchy by shilling for it. She probably gets more by playing along than she would by truly examining her condition and speaking out. One of the conditions of women’s oppression is that we are supposed to pretend to be happy about it. For an antidote to this post, I suggest reading Sara Ahmed’s article “Feminist Killjoys (And Other Willful Subjects)”

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