*skips tutorial* how the fuck do you play this game
*plays the game for the 15th time*
*tutorial y/n: yes please*
*30 minutes you already know by heart*
*+5 XP for crouching properly*
hey girls, this is actually incredible, being drunk makes me immune to depressing mass effect posts
no you don’t understand how important this is
you really don’t
I just hope I don’t forget about this by tomorrow.
this is amazing
this is like magic
+127 to mass effect resistance
a potion of mass effect resistance
If I have to hear one more motherfucking person say how hurk-hurk-hot Leia in the slave outfit is, I am going to sit here and fume quietly because there’s nothing I can realistically do beyond that. But I will do so very pointedly, sir.
It’s not the outfit in and of itself. The outfit is fine, seeing how she’s been captured by a vicious space slug who doesn’t seem too up on his women’s rights literature. It’s the goddamn context, pictured here:
"(Jabba) tugged, with his swollen fingers, on the chain attached to Princess Leia’s neck. The more resistance he met with, the more he drooled - until he’d drawn the struggling, scantily-clad princess close to him once more."
She is being held against her will. She has been put in an outfit she would never voluntarily wear, given what we know about the character. It is literally called the slave outfit. They don’t mean “slave” in the nice, kinky, let’s-have-some-awesome-consensual-play sense either. They mean that in the I-legally-own-you kind of way. That outfit she has been forced into implies that someone in that scene is getting off on her near-nudity, and it’s probably the fat asshole watching her (and Jabba the Hutt too, ho ho!) She is on a chain. The situation is humiliating for her. At this point in the story, she believes she has lost the man she loves and that there’s no hope for the cause she has dedicated her life to. This is your hero at her lowest point, when all seems lost, because that’s how hero narratives in three act structures work. And you think that’s fucking hot?
(And don’t you even fucking come at me with your “oh, but she choked the shit out of Jabba and kicked ass so it’s okay.” Nobody is choking the slug thinking about how awesomely independent she is.)
But you go ahead, build a website that puts you, the viewer of and contributor to said website, in the shoes of the villainous space slug who did this evil, humiliating thing to the hero, because next to a woman forced into sexual slavery, apparently he was the more relatable character.
I cannot put it any more kindly than this; if you watch that scene and think to yourself, “you know what, that evil horny space slug has the right idea”, you are a shitty human being.
I just noticed this
I really like calling multiple anonymous recipients of stuff I say “guys” or “dudes” because, I don’t know, I like these words. Probably because English isn’t my native language, so anything non-official subconsciously gets extra funny points, or something, and especially learning non-official English is something of an achievement, because they don’t teach that at school (casual words OMG unacceptable you won’t need these, kids), so when you finally learn a colloquial word, it’s an achievement of your own. I think? Maybe?
Anyway, that’s actually anonymous and gender neutral, right? I mean, usually, you can call a group of people made up of men, women and others “dudes” or “guys”, and it’s still acceptable.
But would it be the same if I called a mixed-gender group “girls” or. Or. Um…
…well there aren’t even generic female or gender neutral terms like these, are there.
And of course it wouldn’t be the same. Of course it wouldn’t. It’s obvious, but it’s so deeply ingrained in my brain that I need to REALIZE it.
You failed me.
I failed myself.
FAILURE. Failure all around me. I’m collapsing under the weight of failure on my shoulders.
everyday-sexism asked: Eesh, I'm still getting the hang of Tumblr. Ask? Reblog? Comment? I don't know what the etiquette is! I just wanted to let you know that I very much appreciate your thoughtful response, and I absolutely agree with you. Honestly it was a nitpick on my part to begin with, and largely besides the issue, but I couldn't help but address it. I hope I didn't come off as pedantic or missing the point there. Again, I agree with you, and thank you.
Oh my god I forgot to delete the part about sending an ask from my reply. When I wrote it I intended to send it as an ask instead of replying to Matt Rhodes again, but then I reblogged it instead because it got too wordy and ugh. Sorry. I messed up. Sorry. My bad. (I went back and fixed it to not look silly.) Sorry. I hope it wasn’t my babbling about asks that confused you about Tumblr. Sorry. ALSO: I’m not an expert/veteran, and also: I wouldn’t know you’re new here if you hadn’t told me; BUT if you have any questions about how Tumblr works, I’m happy to help in my limited capacity.
Anyway, I thought it was definitely a valid comment, and not besides the issue at all. Firstly, the fact that everything is being marketed via sex is not exactly ideal; and then secondly, potential exclusion of asexual or aromantic people is another issue that is very common and very much deserving of being called out. I mean, I hope I didn’t actually exclude asexual people in my response, but I also acknowledge it’s possible.
Anyway. Either of these is a valid reason to chime in. Discussion can only occur when people chime in, and discussion is the only way to learn from other people’s experiences. So thank you for replying.
Also thank you for agreeing with me, that always feels nice, amirite :)
Also I looked through your blog a bit and it’s awesome and you’re awesome and thanks and don’t change.
The Lady be a Wench
Skyrim Nexus is primarily a place where you go to take a delightfully gender-neutral game that looks like this:
and make it look like this:
As for your daily dose of sexism, that wasn’t it. This is it. It’s a mod that adds wenches. Not women, mind, or barmaids, or female employees, or any of that nonsense. Wenches. You’re welcome.
Don’t you worry your pretty little head over customization either, because if you dislike your regular watering hole’s wench, perhaps due to her tendency to be the wrong race, you can just kill her. Easy as pie.
All wenches have random appearance and are respawnable but the race will be the same depending on their inn/tavern.
Example: The wench at New Gnisis Cornerclub will be a Dark elf, if u kill her, another random dark elf wench will respawn.
With three separate versions of this mod, this author really has thought of everyone’s needs and sensibilities. All of us gamers are accounted for. I cannot think of any single human being whose needs and sensibilities would not be met by this “hot file”, chosen by staff to represent the best the modding community has to offer.
Let’s see some reviews!
I continue to enjoy this mod - the more wenches the merrier. I just wish England in the winter had ladies like this.
But then I’m sure the ladies of England just adore you.
i realy like the idea of this mod. i would lke to know wether it will work with the prostitution mod i use? in the mod i use,the innkeeper takes a cut of my earnings. he/she requires that i wear a wench dress when i’m working (whoring) the wenches from this mod wouldn’t become whores unless i recruit them i think.
Which came first, the wench or the whore? And if the whore be a wench, who takes the whoring earnings in this game about killing zombie dragons with sharp metal sticks?
And my favorite:
How indeed, reallifegirl, if that is indeed your name?
Are you jealous or just paranoid?
Replaying Jade Empire, which happens to be one of my favorite games. But I forgot about this bit.
That’s the main character on the screen (male in this screenshot, can be female as well, doesn’t change the conversation.) The text on top is his lifelong best friend Dawn Star, the girl he grew up with, expressing concern about a new party member, Silk Fox. The text on the bottom are your possible answers.
I swear that I literally, no joke, stared at my screen with my mouse hovering over those options for over ten minutes. The game could not continue until I made this choice. Is my gentle lifelong friend who is worried about our safety:
- the recipient of obvious female cattiness?
- the perpetrator of obvious female cattiness?
- BITCH SHUT YOUR MOUTH
It could be one of those, certainly. That’s possible. Those are reasons to distrust her. It could also be the fake name and the way she sabotages everything we do and the mask she refuses to take off. Or wiles. She’s female, it’s probably wiles.
Dawn Star and Silk Fox proceed to spend the entire rest of the game hissing and clawing at each other like cats in a wet burlap bag.
Oh my god, I know, this happens so often, in so many games. It used to be background noise to me and I just slid right past it mentally, but now I pay attention to these things, and it ruins everything for me, because IT’S EVERYWHERE
It happens so much, and it’s usually far worse than this (as in, Silk Fox is actually suspicious and morally ambiguous), because on top of jealousy, it’s this slut-shaming bullshit. As in, the nice, feminine, subtle, quiet female character is really grossed out/outraged by how sexually liberal and socially nonconforming that other female character is. And naturally the former is the good one, at least in the sense that you don’t have to think twice about it. The trustworthy, the friendly, the professional, the good one. Ugh.
Thanks, but no thanks
Unless you plan on starting to use these on male characters as well as female. You know. Full armor on women that suddenly switches to a thong when put on a male. Surprise! Or bare back for both men and women. Then believe me, I can’t wait to see it. Because, you know, it’s not that men look bad in these, it’s that heterosexual men feel uncomfortable looking at sexualized men. But trust me, heterosexual women and gay men would love that just as much as heterosexual men like them on women. I truly have nothing against revealing armor if it happens to everyone in the game equally.
This is an excellent rebuttal, I fully agree, and thank you for articulating what I was too angry to say at the time.
Here’s the rub though.
I would personally not love that. Not even a tiny little bit. It’s my own personal preference, really. I want to stress that, that it’s personal. But as a woman (bi, cis) I would prefer not to be included in this promise. I absolutely agree that it would level the playing field. It’s just that the level we’d be playing on in this case is still a level I intensely dislike, because it’s still all about sex when it probably doesn’t need to be.
I feel like ever since I was twelve or so, every single thing in my life relates back to sex, even when it doesn’t. Games and ads and magazines and TV shows and plots that grind to a screeching halt so the main characters can get it on, enough already. I can’t leave my goddamn house without being somehow reminded that SEX EXISTS, THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW. All these motherfucking games need romance side plots now (romance endgame: sex!), and I hate those. Not because they’re problematic (although they almost always are, looking at you there Mass Effect), but because they’re pointless and boring and so, so very cliche. Honestly, I have had it with these motherfucking dating sims in these motherfucking space adventures.
I categorically do not want my male heroes to be actually equally sexualized. Ideally, I would prefer it if entertainment as a whole was a little less obsessed with sexualizing every damn thing. I don’t need my video games and books and movies to arouse me. I’ve got the internet, which has more hours of porn than there have been hours of human life throughout history, and I don’t even know how that’s possible. Just like I despise sexualized female armor because the message is “never forget that this character is female”, so do I intensely dislike the out-of-context message of “never forget that sex exists!”
Yeah, I fucking know. Get on with the story already.
Maybe this comes off as sex-negative. I hope not. But seriously, when it comes to sex in fiction, I’m at the point where I’m getting way too much of a good thing.
Oh no, I didn’t mean to say that everyone likes sex and would enjoy sexual content. No, of course not. I just meant that it’s not just heterosexual men that are interested in sex, contrary to what games represent. I’m pretty sure not all men feel entitled to, or even interested in, digital boobs either. To be honest, if I were a man, I would feel kinda humiliated by the fact that designers treat me like a sex-obsessed man-child who won’t care about anything if it doesn’t have enough breasts. What I said was: “heterosexual women and gay men would love that just as much as heterosexual men like them on women” which kinda meant that all genders and orientations are potentially interested in sex, even if not every individual is, and not every sexual individual wants sex as much as the other, and not necessarily all over their entertainment.
I totally get what you mean and I am with you that not everything has to be about sex or romance. I love Bioware romances- god, I live for Bioware romances- but as soon as a game tries to force/manipulate me into a romance, I groan and mentally switch to dialogue slalom mode to avoid it whenever possible.
Besides, I’m 100% sure that if I was to stare at a male armor sexualized to the same extent the female ones are, I’d be too distracted to focus on anything in the story- and honestly, I’d hate that. Frankly, I don’t personally want to see sexualized men in games for my own enjoyment, but I am happy when it happens nonetheless, because it would be a sign of progress to me- either because it at least tries to cater to women as much as to men, or because it ignores the childish complaints from overly sensitive dudebros who don’t want to feel gay. It’s kind of like what Saints Row series does, and I love Saints Row so much for this, even though my character only wears T-shirts and jeans and doesn’t have any extravagant sexual characteristics. I just mean that if you want to provide sexualized fanservice, provide it for all fans regardless of gender and sexual orientation. Or don’t provide it at all. Preferably, make it optional AND available for every configuration. That would be ideal, I think.
For the record though, I don’t exactly blame designers or writers specifically (without direct evidence), because some of this content, or all of it, might be executive meddling, so I’m not gonna lay blame on specific people down the line. I also want to say that in case you don’t follow Matt, he’s a really professional person who, I believe, actually cares about countering sexist design, which is commendable, especially for a man. That might not be clear from this one post of his, so I thought maybe I should say that.
imagine the graffiti written on the bathroom stalls of the normandy
- does the illusive man take illusive shits?
- stop it joker
- james your huevos are killing me
- In compliance with bathroom stall graffiti etiquette, I shall place verification of my presence here. EDI was here. Joker would also request that I inform you we did not ‘make out’ in this stall as for some reason he finds the location embarrassing.
- Alone in this place/The sounds of running water/Ah. I feel better. - K
- CONSENSUS REACHED
- is that how the geth take a crap
- [fascinatingly crude drawings of alien genitalia]
- This is the crew that saved the galaxy. Amazing