Reblog if your cramps have ever
- made you vomit
- lasted between 2-3 days
- stopped you from being able to walk or run
- made you cry
It’s not considered a viable excuse on any occasion, and I would like to know why.
- woken you up at night the pain was so bad
can also add:
• almost made you pass out on a bus heading to university
• make you turn green and huddle around a toilet the day before your sisters wedding
If you’ve seen the video below, I’m just here to say I agree with much that is mentioned within it. It should not be okay to let people, often labelled as trolls or cyber bullies, to say the harmful things that they do to people. After seeing this video and others like it, as well as sites like http://everydaysexism.com/ and http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/post/44031266538/some-notes-about-women-on-youtube I felt a little fired up on the topic.
I’ve been browsing much more YouTube lately, in search of educational series, simply because I find them refreshing from YouTube’s normal random entertainment videos. And I was curious if the statistics check out, are some of the female hosts I watch on youtube much more prone to receiving harassment. Sure enough, first video I click on in my subscriptions featuring a female host had this comment on the first page I looked at:
"I fucking hate <name of host’s> creepy facial expressions, only I enjoy watching is her tits. Did i complain right guys? alright cool!"
Putting aside how oddly the comment is structured (I suck at grammar so I can’t criticize that aspect) , this said a few things to me:
1) I don’t even know if this individual watched what this video was about, or cared about the subject matter what so ever.
2) Physical traits are the first to be scrutinized, nothing actually pertaining to criticizing the presentation or content of this video.
3) After criticizing the host they proceed to sexualize them by highlighting their interest in the hosts body, specifically the breasts (again something that has no relevance to the subject matter in the video.) And then indirectly encouraging others to give them a nod of approval through a rhetorical question.
This is a pretty minor case compared to instances around the internet where women have received death and rape threats, but who is to say this isn’t how those kinds of comments start?
One of the first stages of rape culture is to dehumanize women and sexualize them, which this comment highlighted to me. The next thing that made a red flag in my mind is one of the responses I received:
"Don’t be a Prude." and "Who cares?"
This troubled me deeply, and only reinforced more of what I had read and seen online. People think this behavior is okay, and that it’s not harming anyone. If anything, I’m the one that is in the wrong for trying to speak up against it.
I want to note, in my responses so far I have avoided bringing gender into the conversation. I don’t want this to become a guys vs gals dispute. I would actually like to advocate that as a society we would function so much better if gender wasn’t an issue to start with. Men, women, & anyone in-between, can work on equal terms and be a great team. I also have not brought names into this, including the video this comment responded to with the concern of aggravating more hurtful comments towards the host.
So as I received these responses, I started to question if it really does matter. Should I continue my rebuttal to their responses, or should I just let it go. I already know the chances of reform are non existent, and an apology to the host incredibly slim. There is not much to be directly gained from ‘winning’ the dispute, however there is the sense that by reacting to these things that perhaps more will participate in doing so and discourage this ideology from modern society.
What do you think tumblr? Is this a Captain Ahab type whale hunt, or is this something the internet could embrace? Can we cull cyber bullying by shunning people using a real world spotlight ?
Thanks for reading.
I forget if I’ve posted this earlier, if I have sorry, its relevant to something I want to post and discuss.
E3 was great! Just look at all brand new games they give us!
Just look at protagonists! Isn’t it great, how modern technologies let developers create so many different characters?! Just look at divercity of facial hair! Or how many hues of dark brown used for their hair!
EDIT: Yes, SRIV and EVE let you customize your characters. But that picture was mocking characters they use in marketing and advertisement.
Yup, need a wee bit more variation in characters these days…
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someone had asked about this sweater earlier and I wasn’t able to post about it till now. sorry about that!
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