Gaming, Boys, and Education

At the very least this woman blows Anita Sarkeesian out of the water. Unlike Sarkeesian, this woman – Ali Carr-Chellman – actually uses some numbers and statistics and facts, so she has earned the right to be listened to. This is only made even more ironic considering that TEDEd have also hosted Anita Sarkeesian herself in the past. As usual, the comments on that particular video are closed, as is the usual modus operandi with anything propagated by Feminists and their like-minded ilk. Continue reading

Raw Footage Review: An Example of Divorce and Child Custody

The original response for this video comes from another YouTube user’s channel and video: Bar Bar – Dissecting Raw Material

This article is meant to provide an in-depth look at an example of how people work and conversations go about on a realistic level. This video is particularly striking, giving an example of just what some people will go to for their children.

This video basically shows a divorced father, named Caleb Leverett, trying to offer his son, Parker, a choice in regards to which parent he is to live with. Fortunately, the father and Parker try to go about it in a civil way, by at least presenting themselves to talk about it. The mother is adamant about “getting her son back,” and a heartfelt and hour long interlude proceeds.

The most notable thing about this video is the different ways that each parent goes about determining what is best for Parker. The mother throughout the video insists that he should listen what she says. Caleb, the biological father, repeatedly states that he is not forcing Parker in any way, and that he is free to leave or do as he pleases. Continue reading

The Navy and Kinect: “Stopping Sexual Assault”

Xbox One Kinect

The Kinect will make sure you’re not a sexual abuser.

The Kinect never ceases to be a great source of unintentionally hilarious entertainment, and that’s not even considering actually playing the thing, necessarily.

Though in this case it has less to do with the Kinect itself, and more to do with a management and higher brass that seems hopelessly out of touch. Kotaku sheds some light on the idea of the U.S. Navy using Kinect software as a proxy for sexual harassment/assault training and deterrence:

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“Sailors are going to learn how to read another person’s verbal cues and body language with a Kinect training game meant to curb a sexual [harassment]/assault issue that has become increasingly embarrassing to the armed services.

Like all great things in the military, this game has a very literal and no-fun title: ‘Avatar Based Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Training.'” Continue reading

Why Women Wear High Heels: A Theory

High Heels

High heels or stilettos?

A while ago, a prominent writer, Frost (whom I can’t find much information on despite a bit of intense Googling), wrote an article asking why women wear high heels. It seems like a somewhat weird question, one could almost ask that about any accessory. I did not particularly like his reasoning, as it was very complex, even convoluted, I’d say. Anyways, high heels in particular are interesting.

Some say that it accentuates the female form, stretching their lower halves and reinforcing what curves are there. Others say it is just an accessory like any other, one that women wear to fit in with all of the other women, similar to the typical “Ugg boots, iPhone, handbag” combo that so many have poked fun at in recent years. Many say that it is just a sign of class and status, a way of expressing femininity, in the same way a well-tailored suit expresses class and status for a man. Continue reading

Women and the Draft: Too Little, Too Late

Female Soldier

A woman in uniform.

Recently, at The Daily Caller, a poll was released revealing that now a majority of voters now support women in the draft:

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“A poll released this week found that a majority of registered voters support including women in a military draft.

The poll, conducted by the Florida-based CapitolSoup.com and Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, found that 59 percent of registered voters polled believe women should be included in a draft. Thirty-eight percent said women should not.

Women supported drafting women more than men, with 61 percent of women favoring such a draft, compared to 57 percent of men.” Continue reading

In Video Games: Is It a Man or Woman?

The creators of Natural Selection 2, yet another big, brown, multiplayer focused FPS, has sparked quite a bit of controversy over their new female marine armor design. Basically, the new designs are more practical and realistic, like real armor, thus making the female marines looking practically like men, similar to what real military armor and equipment does.

Unsurprisingly, there has been a good amount of positive praise for the design decision, which is fine in itself. It’s difficult to argue that video games aren’t necessarily sexist when many of them have a healthy dose of female skin being flashed on screen. What’s interesting, however, is what this new design direction and philosophy means or represents as far as just how disingenuous the whole concept is.

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Natural Selection 2: Female marine armor design

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Misunderstanding Objectification

Objectification

Objectification goes both ways.

Visual representation is the same as objectification.

Or, it’s to say that you cannot visually represent something without objectifying it. The word “objectification” has unfortunately become part of an emotionally charged lexicon of jargon used in place of an actual argument. Under such use, the original meaning is typically lost. Yet such misuse offers a great opportunity for (re)discovery if one is actually willing to search for what these terms truly mean via any legitimate dictionary or thesaurus.

Here is what the word “Objectification” actually means:

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[T]o present as an object, especially of sight, touch, or other physical sense;

[M]ake objective;

[Externalize]

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