Category Archives: Gender issues

"I'm cute, not smart", first impressions [Intent versus Message, Part 1]

I would like all of your help on doing an experiment. This will be part of a short series that, among other things, will look at how intent and message interact. But in order to make my arguments, I need … Continue reading

Posted in Gender essentialism, Gender issues, Intent versus Message, Series, Tabletop RPGs, LARP, etc | 26 Comments

Hollywood, please stop shitting on my childhood

While on vacation, I went to see the Fantastic Four movie (the only reason it was worth it was because it was the first move I had seen in theatres in over a year) and had the dubious pleasure to … Continue reading

Posted in Film and televison, Gender Caste, Gender issues, Racism, The Evil -ism's | 9 Comments

Something to think about

Trying to help clear out some backlog for Jade Reporting (we’re looking for volunteers, by the way), I came across these recent titles from articles on Destructoid: New Destructoid wallpapers are hotter than your best friend’s mom Sexy No More … Continue reading

Posted in Gender issues, Media and journalism, The Evil -ism's, Video Games | 2 Comments

"I just don't believe in covering that story…"

MSNBC Journalist Mika Brzezinski, my personal hero for the day, does exactly what needs to be done about Paris Hilton: ignores her story in favour of real news. Too bad her co-hosts were misogynistic jerks who accused her of only … Continue reading

Posted in Gender issues, Media and journalism | 3 Comments

Male normativity in the usage of "homosexual" and "gay"

The terms “gay” and “homosexual” aren’t technically gendered; homosexual women often refer to themselves as gay, and the fact that the previous clause is correct English in itself should be self-evident as to my point. And yet, over and over … Continue reading

Posted in Gender issues, Queer Issues | 8 Comments

On women-oriented gaming communities

Zach over at Molten Boron became my hero for the day by posting, Kotaku Commenters Prove the Necessity of a Women’s Gaming Magazine, which debunks much of the misinformation Kotaku continues to spread about Iris and, most recently, our online … Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, rape, and domestic violence, Gender issues, Tabletop RPGs, LARP, etc, Video Games | 1 Comment

Obesity Moral Panics and the Gendered Presentation of Disordered Eating

The news here recently reported on a new study suggesting that eating disorder rates in Australia have more than doubled in the last decade, and the rates of “regular disordered eating” (that doesn’t necessarily coincide with a diagnosable eating disorder) … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Gender issues, Studies, The Beauty Myth | 2 Comments

On air Privilege in Action

Maybe it’s a little unfair to be using FoxNews as the subject of a PiA post, since that station seems to go out of its way to defend and perpetuate bigotry, but the methodology is exactly the same as people … Continue reading

Posted in Gender issues, Multiculturalism, Privilege in Action, The Evil -ism's | 5 Comments

"Geek Girl" Stereotype Bingo

Inspired by this post at Feminist Gamers and this post on The IRIS Network forums, I decided to take an old post of mine and turn it into a bingo scorecard. Basically the rules are that when you see a … Continue reading

Posted in For "her", Gender issues, Girlfriend Lists, Media and journalism | 15 Comments

Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there

Today’s PiA post comes from the Girl Wonder forums. It is, in part, a reaction to my privilege list, which the poster in question was linked to among other posts. I have lived my life bullied and dismissed and marginalized … Continue reading

Posted in Classism, Gender issues, Privilege in Action, Queer Issues | 5 Comments