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“But Censorship!” Screams Echo Over Redacted Batgirl Cover

March 17, 2015

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(Warning: discussion of fictional sexual violence ahead.) It’s that time again. The time when the internet rings with screams of people crying ‘censorship’ over a pulled comic book cover that showcased the victimization of a beloved super-heroine for literally no good reason. This week saw another comic book cover controversy spin up over a variant […]

Posted in: Comics, Speaking Out

Under Our Noses: The Rising Anti-Semitism In Our World

January 17, 2015

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A man went to the store the other day to pick up challah for the Sabbath. Challah is the traditional bread Jews eat for the Sabbath, and pretty much any other time you can get away with it because the stuff is delicious. Families cut up the braided bread and share it together as part […]

Posted in: Speaking Out

A Freedom Worth Fighting For

January 8, 2015

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Back in 2011, the offices of a French satirical magazine called Charlie Hebdo was firebombed. The picture above is of the magazine’s editor, Stéphane Charbonnier aka Charb, holding the reason for the attack: a cartoon they decided to print that depicted the Prophet Muhammad. By the laws of Islam, it is religiously prohibited to create a […]

Posted in: Speaking Out

This Isn’t Your Community, Gamergate, It’s Ours

October 17, 2014

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Tonight, I want to write about Gamergate. Actually, let me be clear. I don’t really want to write about Gamergate. I wish I’d never heard the term. I wish we could get in an epic Doctor Who TARDIS the size of the planet and go back to before two months ago (by god it’s been that long […]

Forgiveness and the Paradox of Letting Go

September 16, 2014

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An exploration about forgiveness and letting go.

Posted in: Personal

Gamers, Gatekeepers and the Golden Rule: Gamergate and the Real Ludic Century

September 8, 2014

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Image: found via Al Jazeera's The Stream blog

I was at lunch the other day with my mother when a woman came by the table. She stopped to say that she loved my t-shirt, which had the Portal-inspired logo for The Mary Sue on it. I thanked her and she hesitated, looked at my mother, before saying, “It’s just terrible about Gamergate. I […]

Because It Really IS A Problem: Turning A Blind Eye To Inequality In Games

August 27, 2014

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Just yesterday, I watched the second part of Anita Sarkeesian’s brilliant analysis of ‘Women As Background Decoration’ in her series Tropes vs Women. It depicts the various, often graphic, ways in which women are included in games as background characters to be brutalized, demeaned and murdered in the course of video games. Her video (which […]

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