Ph. Lobke Leijser
I DIDNT UNDERSTAND THAT SHE WAS WEARING A SWEATER WITH WHITE SLEEVES I ONLY SAW THE BLACK AND GOT REALLY SCARED BECAUSE I THOUGHT SHE HAD FREAKISHLY SKINNY SLENDERMAN ARMS OH GOD
What people need to get about representation in video games is that it doesn’t take effort to do. None. You don’t actually need to model different clothes or anything. You don’t need to bring in a physicist to explain how tits bounce. You don’t need to take a course in how to write a character “female” or “black.” People in real life can wear any kind of outfit, have any kind of personality and literally any body type and still be any gender or race. It’s not rocket science.
That’s why it frustrates people that human protagonists are overwhelmingly white dudes even as the industry churns out monumentally diverse and complex worlds, weapons and monsters. Determining the race and gender of a main character is barely more involved than deciding where one realistically rendered tree stump is going to go.
Look at Portal. The fact that the protagonist is female never actually comes into play. She’s just a character, like any other player character, who happens to be a woman. That’s all people want. Just more of that. Nobody even wants to “ban” or “take away” characters like Bayonetta, they just want to see more Chells in place of Solid Snake Ripoff #450
This “lion human” is literally the oldest known original character. It’s the oldest known evidence of our species demonstrating imagination.
"We shouldn’t shoehorn token women into creator’s artistic visions" is one of the most common criticisms I see when diversity in the media is brought up and there are three big reasons why it’s ridiculous:
1) Human beings are all different in real life so making fictional characters more diverse is inherently a natural choice and can no more qualify as “shoehorning” or “tokenism” than making a character blonde vs. brunette.
2) More diversity is automatically a good thing always. More diversity cannot, in any conceivable way, detract from anything ever. It never has and never will, unless it makes you angry when you get to choose between 100 ice cream flavors instead of like 5 or you’re one of those people who hates pokemon now that there’s more pokemon in it (IN POKEMON!!? HOW DARE THEY)
3) The abundance of middle aged white straight dudes as protags ain’t a product of everyone somehow having the same personal creative vision it’s a product of impartial corporate committee-driven development processes all ripping each other off.
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Bought two when was in my doomsday prepper phase
This is brilliant.
What a smart idea!
"If a female writer had produced such an almighty mess, you can bet she’d be despised by now."
May your Labor Day be full of right-thinking and celebration!
We found this on our online exhibition, Doodles, Drafts, and Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian.
Let us be vividly clear about this.
What the New York Times did to Michael Brown today was not merely slander. It wasn’t a case of a lack of journalistic integrity.
Highlighting that a black teenager was “no angel” on the day he is being laid to rest after being hunted and killed by racist vigilante forces is not an unfortunate coincidence.
The New York Times deliberately played into an archaic American tradition in devaluing both the merit of black life and the tragedy of black death.
They chose the day of his funeral, as his family, friends and activists everywhere have to grapple with a human being lost to pontificate about how he was “no angel”. Michael Brown was many things to many people; a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew and another black causality of murderous police institutions and today, amidst all the racist violence he, his loved ones and community have had to endure, he was going to finally receive the respect and moment of honor he deserved and NYT decided today, of all days, to tune in their audience onto wholly irrelevant facts about his life - that in turn, transform the very injustice surrounding his death and the following police violence that plagued Ferguson into a national panel about whether or not his death is actually worth mourning and their language suggested that to them, it indeed is not.
This was hardly an accident or mistake. This is the perpetual hostility that is met against black life in America. The consensus is that black people deserve no respect and for black life to be legitimized and honored, we must meet a list of prerequisites. Subsequently, if black people aren’t valued, neither are our deaths understood as tragic or murders seen as criminal action.
This has been the atmosphere of America since its inception and much has not improved.
I came up with some webcomic award categories, feel free to add more
- Laziest Method for Painting Trees
- Most Transparent Author Fetish
- Names Most Obviously Lifted From a Past RP
- Most Frequent Rainfall Depicted in One Setting
- Highest Potential for Incest Slash Fiction
- The Mrs. Robinson Award for Sexualization of Senior Citizens
- Most Creative Use of Expletives
- Highest Number of Pages Clearly Made While Intoxicated
- Highest Number of Extras Crammed Into One Panel
- Best Candidate for the Omegaverse
- The Aaron Diaz Award for Adamant Denial of Objectified Female Characters
- The Ryan Sohmer Award for Most Intolerable Protagonist
- Best Artistic Rendering of Dredlocks
- Most Phoned-in Costume Design Choices
- Least Phoned-In Costume Design Choices
- Best Canon Explanation for Elves
- Most Obstinately Written For The Satisfaction Of The Writer And The Writer Alone
- Best Retrospective Justification of Ethically Unsound Writing Decisions Made As A Teen
- Most Obviously From A Storyboarding Background
- Nicest Try, I Guess
- Most Exquisitely Rendered Noses
- Most Ponderous Worldbuilding
- Most Improvement on Existing Anime Tropes
- Least Racially Sensitive Steampunk Setting
- Best Webcomic Made Entirely to Spite Another Human Being