I think it’s harder to be nice and accepting of yourself than it is to be to others.
the fucking worst is when people are like “you hate people for having a different opinion than you!!!!” like im not shitting on this guy because he thinks pistachio ice cream is gross im shitting on him because he actually believes that i and people like me dont deserve basic human rights and respect and safety
Tf2 + text posts
Very serious stuff
A cliché is NOT a trope.
A trope is NOT a cliché.
Tropes are things that are used over and over again. They’re conventional actions, people (archetypes), and things, that make up story the same way rhyming schemes and set meter make up poetry. Tropes aren’t bad. They’re a tool.
Cliché’s are thoughtless generic place holders. They’re frequently the first thought to occur you precisely because you’ve seen it so often. But the Clichéness is in the (lack of) thought, not the frequency.
When you worry that you are going to be cliché, what you’re worried about is that you haven’t thought enough about your story. You’ve taken the first thought that occurred to you and just taken it. Sometimes that’s good, that’s your storyteller instinct. But particularly at the beginning it’s easy to simply take your first thought because you don’t want to think any more about it. So, yes, you do tend to use tropes, and you tend to use the one that you have run into the most in a close situation because that’s easiest for your brain. And that’s bad: not the trope, how you used it.
What I’m telling you is that the Trope isn’t the problem. The problem is how much you’ve thought about it. A trope is a tried and true method for solving a story problem. A cliché is a tried and true story method misapplied. It’s the misapplication that is the problem.
My best piece of advice for dealing with cliché is to stop worrying if your method for solving your story’s problem has been done before. It has. And somebody did it before that. And someone else did it before them. But somehow it didn’t screw their story over. Funny that. Why would it inherently screw yours?
Instead worry if what you’ve done solves your story problem the best way that it can be solved for your particular tale. That’s when you’ve beat cliché: when you’ve mastered the extremely difficult art of correct application, which must be relearned for every individual problem. Not when you’ve miraculously mastered the impossibility of saying something new. Worry about your story, not anyone else’s. Of course what’s happening has been done before. But it’s been done right and its been done wrong. The people who did it right, did so by thinking very hard and rejecting anything that could be done better until it was good enough.
If your question is, “I’ve seen this done a million times. Should I….” Stop. It doesn’t matter. If your question is, “Why does this bore me?” Then you’re on the right track. And the answer isn’t just that it has been done before. It’s that it doesn’t work for your story. The answer that does work will have been just as used, it just won’t be the first thing to pop into your head. “What would make this interesting?” “What else could they do?” “What would have more meaning?” Those are the questions to ask yourself. That’s avoiding cliché, not going on a goose hunt just to avoid eating turkey.
Been playing Bravely Default for some time now, and am also SUPER hyped about the new Smash bros, so I created this ridiculous monster mash… It’s Smash Bros characters as Bravely Default jobs! (wuuuuut)
Yes, I did take some liberties when it comes to job accuracy (not even sure what Luigi is. Book Sage? Librarian?), but had a lot of fun drawing it. I will have this as a new print for the coming Anime Expo 2014. Hope you guys like it :)
Also, Kirby is a moogle because moogles.
its 20 fucking 14 can we stop pretending that online activism and general awareness campaigns “dont do anything” before i got on tumblr i was a racist sexist anti-feminist piece of garbage whos greatest understanding of any social issue was discrimination against white gay men and that trans people were “men trapped in womens bodies”
obviously something fucking right is going on so why dont you stop being pessimistic little shits.
Everything Beyonce does is careful and thought out. Her entire image is perfection crafted from planning ahead. She does not ‘wing it’ or throw things into her performances and public appearances ‘just because’.
What she did at this award show was amazing, especially because of how intentional and thought out it clearly was.
Feminism is a scary word for a lot of people. Many women are afraid of calling themselves feminist because they think it implies anger, hatred of men, or a rejection of traditional femininity.
Beyonce presented everyone watching with two distinct images of what many viewers viewed as two very different women. There is the strong, independent FEMINIST. She is the woman who likes being in control and being in the spotlight. Then there is the WIFE and MOTHER. She is soft, sweet, smiling at the husband and child you can tell she loves and values so much.
For every girl watching who was afraid to be a feminist, afraid to be powerful, because of what she thought she would lose, this is an incredible message. You can be all the things you want to be. You can be both. Feminists can have amazing happy, full lives full of both traditional and modern womanhood.
Feminism means gender should not be a source of persecution or a restriction of your choices. Feminism mean the type of person you should be is based on what you value, not what outside forces pressure you to value because of your gender or biological sex. Shout at the top of your lungs that you are a feminist and proud. Then go and be the exact person that you want to be.
A Voice for Men, a men’s rights site that is most notable for being featured as a hate site by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is currently hosting a conference on men’s issues in Detroit.
The images above are direct quotes of what some of the speakers at this men’s rights conference have said.
Sit back and marvel at the newest human rights movement.
Please share this post far and wide so everyone knows exactly what men’s rights activists believe!
That’s actually one of the tamer Warren Farrell quotes. He actually said that incest victims enjoy it.
And not for nothing, but Karen Straughan was “awakened” to misandry when her son’s school put him in the remedial class when she KNEW he was a genius.
And Erin Pizzey thinks the FBI is run by feminists who also shot her dog.
Reblogging again for that last comment.
It’s the same reason why a lot of women won’t speak out when they’re harassed, groped and abused: the onslaught of misogynistic “get in your place below me, bitch” is overwhelming not only in its strength, but its anonymity and lack of accountability. Places like Twitter and Tumblr and online communities sit on their hands and do next to nothing to stop this kind of violence.
I’ve seen comments saying that Anita receiving online abuse doesn’t mean her arguments are correct. Well, is anyone really saying that her video game analyses are 100% correct? Or are they saying “hey maybe the fact that someone speaks up about a serious issue is being threatened with rape and death and having their personal details spread around says that there’s a very real problem with the attitude towards women in our society, and the way that companies like Twitter do jack shit to combat it?”
People derailing the argument with “but men also suffer from violence” (true, and I’d like the see someone objective analysis of this that doesn’t involve shitting on female-targeted violence AGAIN, and we are all capable of seeing multiple problems that don’t have to claw the eyes out of each other to be valid) and “it’s just words” and “it’s a publicity stunt” need to go sit in the corner and engage some logic circuits for a change.
Not to mention that even when male-written articles are just flat-out fucking wrong, it’s not common for them to be responded to with this amount of vitriol. Thank you for posting about this, protowilson.
Even though I find Anita’s analysis of games to be incorrect (despite there being a goddamn goldmine of evidence for sexism in gaming, I can see from her effort that she’s approaching it from academia, which still doesn’t understand how to approach gaming), I don’t see why rape, death threats, and anti-feminist commentary are the responses.
This shit doesn’t happen to men this frequently*, yet it’s considered common place and acceptable. If you disagree with Anita, just fucking say why. You shouldn’t be covering for people who are sending her death/rape threats and urging her to kill herself.
Cause, just throwing it out there, but the people responding to her like that? They aren’t doing it because they carefully analyzed her videos and disagreed. They’re doing it because “GET TEH WOMENZ OUT OF VIDYA GAEMS AND BACK IN TEH KITCHEN”. The instant that people run to defend THAT group is the instant that you show just how severe the goddamn problem is. Who cares how wrong she is; fucking critically analyze it.
*Yes it does happen to men, yes men receive death threats when they’re wrong, yes men receive rape threats, but no it does not happen to the extent that it happens to women, and it IS NOT COMPARABLE
I was going to say that it’s as if some people don’t understand how to have a discussion, and then I realised that some people don’t even want that. They just go straight to the abuse because that’s their tried and tested and proved method for shutting down dialogue.
I’ve not watched any of Anita videos, but I’ve seen the criticism of them (cherry picking etc), which may very well be true - I couldn’t personally comment. But you know, it’s possible to criticise the cherry picking without resorting to calling someone a slut, c*nt or whore, sending rape and death threats, or invalidating their whole argument. To do so is the equivalent of a violent, untrained child pitching an almighty tantrum fit because someone didn’t give them enough lollies and now “EVERYONE WHO EVEN LOOKED AT ME FUNNY WILL PAY”.
I don’t understand how acknowledging violence issues in media has to be a pissing contest in who has it worse. Chronic female-targeted violence is an issue, depictions of masculinity are an issue, transgender violence and ignorance are an issue, any rape is an issue. There are a number of issues that need to be addressed and resolved. A person focussing on one does not invalidate the seriousness of the others. Can’t we all just work our way to stop being colossal assholes to each other for 5 damn minutes?
Being good to each other is so important, guys.