Linkspamming in a bubble (16th October, 2010)

If you have links of interest, please share them in comments here, or if you’re a delicious user, tag them “geekfeminism” to bring them to our attention. Please note that we tend to stick to publishing recent links (from the last month or so).

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5 thoughts on “Linkspamming in a bubble (16th October, 2010)

  1. Deborah

    I’m not fond of the female character flowchart, personally. I’ve seen lots of angry discussion of it, but I admit my first moment of disgruntlement came when I saw that two — two! — of the Golden Girls were presented as if they were FeministFail. And one of them was Dorothy, for goodness’ sake. When you take basically the only US sitcom ever, practically the only US *show* ever, that highlighted older women as dynamic and sometime sexual beings, and present without further exploration as an example of FeministFail, you’re doing something wrong.

    I wish I could remember where I saw a link today to an alternate version of the flowchart that held creators responsible, not the characters.

    1. Terri

      Yeah, for a linkspam that bears my name, I have to say this linkspam has the most links I just don’t much like in a while. (I only provided one of the links in this one, but I guess whoever finished it up didn’t bother changing the name on the post. I wonder if we should maybe start putting linkspams under a generic posting name when there are multiple contributors?)

    1. Kaonashi

      Interesting thoughts, but it strikes me as a bit essentialist that kind of makes women out to be pink gossipers obsessed with feelings and men to be blue robots obsessed with status. Also, the author quickly starts joking about a function to “rate men” in her ideas for an alternative.

  2. Briten

    Concerning the Penny Arcade Dickwolves Affair.

    I did not find any problem with the original comic when the work consisted only of the original comic. I did not interpret the comic as funny and I did not believe that the strip was supposed to be funny.

    My original interpretation was that we the audience were supposed to have sympathy for the sixth prisoner and his situation and that we were to have scorn for the minotaur, who doesn’t care about the sixth prisoner, or for that matter the other five, but is simply trying to get his ticket punched. I figured that said strip was also suppose to elicit us the audience to go the extra mile if you encounter someone who needs help dealing with sexual violence or similar situations. (I myself wasn’t thinking in the frame of an actual victim when thinking about the strip, but rather someone who has to make a decision to help or do nothing, in short I was thinking ‘What should I do if I was the minotaur?’ rather than ‘How would I feel if I was the sixth prisoner?’ People who actually have been raped are probably more inclined to ask the second question.)

    Unfortunately for all of us in the audience, the more reasonable interpretation of the comic strip is almost opposite of the paragraph above. The authors of Penny Arcade have given us more clues than audiences usually get from the creators of artwork as to what they actually meant. They devoted a strip to mocking the critics with collateral mockery directed towards people who have been raped and all people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and they decided to retail a ‘Dickwolves’ T-shirt. Apparently what these guys wanted to say was ‘If you are raped in prison, then helping you is not worth anyone’s time, instead your predicament should be mined for laughs; and if you have PTSD then you are weak and you don’t matter.’

    I’m not sure that the kats at Penny Arcade still retain the ability to say anything important.

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