Musing: On having “the right equipment”

11 Jul

The following is only tangentially connected to the Carreon farce of the last few weeks.

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Over at Popehat, commenter Gerta made a correction on the purported/perceived origin of a reference, and was soundly slapped back by Thorne:

Let me clue you in to a little something here…

The secret behind Ken’s “it’s-a-cookbook moment” comment in Part III?


Twilight Zone? Star Trek? Star Wars? We can’t help ourselves. It really did come with the y-chromosome.
In our efforts to be funny, you never see us go “full Lennie”. (And that one IS an “Of Mice And Men” reference; not “Laverne and Shirley”.)

You can be forgiven this time for not possessing the requisite equipment to sufficiently ‘get it’ but now that I’ve dropped some serious ‘dude makeup’ on you, it can only be a one-time deal.

Next time, I’d suggest not climbing onto such a high horse. It’ll lessen the chance of injury when you fall off it.

While I see how Gerta’s comment was more than a bit extemporaneous (as both meanings had already been pointed out up-thread), I found Thorne’s reply tasteless and more than just a tad sexist. Frankly, I wonder what the gals over at The Discriminating Fangirl, or the Smart Bitches, or Meljean Brook would have to say to that.

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Just a few days later (and I believe it was, once again, through a Popehat comment link–which I can’t find at the moment), I read about Donna Barstow, racist bigoted cartoonist, and her issues with Something Awful ‘goons’ (great analysis–at Popehat, of course). In brief, Ms Barstow is incensed that her cartoons are posted and discussed, in an overwhelmingly negative manner from what I gather, over at Something Awful. Further, Ms Barstow believes that criticism, particularly of the negative variety, is not protected under the First Amendment.

Or at least, not when it’s directed at her–it seems as long as she was the one posting and dissecting other people’s work it was all under Fair Use.

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Concurrent to this discussion, Courtney, a regular Popehat commenter, brought up instances of harassment of innocent people by internet mobs, citing the very recent case of Anita Sarkeesian¹. (In context: in the wake of the smackdown by the EFF and The Oatmeal, censorious douchebag Charles Carreon and his batshit crazy wife Tara have created yet another incredibly crass website, Rapeutation–because getting shit on by the internet after behaving like an unfettered asshat is exactly the same as being raped, as all rape survivors well know/sarcasm).

Another post brought back Elevator Gate and associated posts on it (see this comment)

What incenses me the most about the latter cases is the mind boggling misogyny–much of it from supposedly democratic, Western males.

However, I don’t want to silence those voices by legal means. I would much rather drown them–as Ken at Popehat says, the best defense against hate speech is more speech.²

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¹ Read much more, both about the harassment and the original project, Tropes vs Women in Video Games,  at Ms Sarkeesian’s blog, Frequent Feminist

² Or something close to that, as I can’t find the link right now.

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