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Halo 4 is, weirdly enough, leading the way in gender equality

It’s not often that I get to comment on gaming and feminism in a good way. [Unless Anita Serkeesian has said something again.]

It’s not often I that get to say nice things about the Halo games. [Unless it’s about the expanded universe, which apparently rocks.]

But here it is: barely a week before the release of Halo 4, Kiki Wolfkill and Bonnie Ross have announced a lifetime ban feature for sexism on XBox Live.

Way to come down on the awesome side of the debate, guys! Though I have to admit, this is the most optimistic quote I’ve ever seen:

“I’d like to think most of our Xbox Live players don’t support this kind of behaviour.”

I’m not going to touch that with a barge pole, for fear of unseating someone else’s faith in humanity in general, and gamers in specific.

Watch and read these links to know more, I have to sleep.

News: Halo 4 creators introduce lifetime ban for sexism

Interview: Halo 4 devs speak out against sexism

Hat tip to Borderhouse for this one.


I can only love and tolerate so much…

[Trigger warning for a lot of stuff. Not here, but on some of the links. Mostly slurs and some rape jokes.]

Whilst browsing the blogs, I came across this post by Feminist Fiction, and it raised some similarities with recent developments in the skeptical community which I felt like sharing. But first, some background.

I am a brony. You all should know that. In fact, I am pleased to say that I am one of the guys mentioned in FF’s post as buying and proudly wearing my Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash* badges. Because Twilight, Dash and the Mane Six all kick ass, and the brony/pegasister fandom is an awesome one – in my experience, it’s always been full of creativity, love, and care.

“Love”? On the internet hate-machine? What a novel idea!

So I was horrified to find out about the sort of abuse that went on at Everfree convention a while back. You really would think that this fandom should be free of misogyny. Transphobic slurs, molestation jokes and country matters prove otherwise.

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Comments, comments, everywhere, but not a jot to read.

Here’s my day so far. Wake up; have a cup of tea and some breakfast; decide what to do with more asshats commenting on that one post that SO incensed some misogynist cockbags.

I think my response worked well enough. I mean, the average level of inanity and pointless stupidity on this blog/the internet hasn’t increased.

This one scored a high level 4 though.

Case in point.

Yay, I’m already getting spam from idiots!

After writing a brief message clarifying my position on lifts, I expected that people would read it, understand, and move on. So I was surprised when I checked my comments and found this hiding in the spam. This is the reason why I have a comment filter on.

I am bringing this to your attention because to call this commenter retarded would be an insult to the mentally handicapped. This is beyond stupid, it’s infantile, and infants get berated when they do wrong. And this is so very wrong.

So when you read this, bear in mind that I am not publicising this site. Fuck that shit! The links, as they stand, have been changed to fit where I think they should go. If you want to check out the inanity of this post, then you will have to paste them into your address bar manually. Consider it a tax on stupidity; or, more accurately, a mere fraction of the effort it would take to drag the intellect of a normal person down to this sort of hateful misogynistic crap. So, if you want to look, beware: HERE BE DRAGONS.

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