Yesterday, in praise of Emma Watson’s speech at the UN and in criticism of feminist voices that have engaged in serious feminist critique of video games, a major game designer tweeted this:
But here’s the thing: we will not, we cannot, actually move toward gender equality without having a…
This is so on point.
There’s no such thing as a neutral narrative, and in fact, portraying narratives that don’t challenge the status quo as neutral, objective, unbiased (and therefore selfless, or at least disinterested), while portraying those who criticize narratives that uphold the status quo as agenda-driven, biased, “political,” and grasping, or at least, driven by a desire to get something that they don’t deserve, is probably the most effective way that supporters of the status quo resist change. But there isn’t such a thing as neutrality. The way things are isn’t “natural,” or value-neutral. And people arguing in favor of keeping “politics” out of their games (by which they really mean keeping women, people of color, and others out of their games unless those interlopers are willing to keep silent and stay in their place) aren’t passive, unbiased, objective, or selfless. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Wow, OK, I had kind of conceptualized that Joss Whedon post along the lines of “here are some random thoughts that I’m gonna store behind a cut in case a few people are interested,” not expecting so many people to reblog it. But since there was so much…
“What I’m getting at is that there is a division between what attracts women and what men accept/permit as attracting women. Men are engaged in a constant enforcement of heteronormativity, a policing of women’s desire and their own accession to it. ”
If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu.
The site threatening Watson was greeted with glee on 4chan and Reddit, where commenters explicitly stated their hope that the threats would force her to abandon her feminist campaigning.
More and more convinced that Reddit and 4chan are the antithesis of useful. Starting to think anyone who spends time in either place is actively harming and not participating.
Hermione Granger does not approve of your antifeminism.