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URL :http://bitchmagazine.org/blogs/social-commentary
Filed Under:Issues & Causes / Feminism
Posts on Regator:830
Posts / Week:3.4
Archived Since:January 22, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Save vs. Sexism: With a Little Help From Our Friends

2012, Elizabeth Sampat and Lillian Cohen-Moore. Every time I want to quit gaming—writing games, playing games, writing about them—my friends are there to remind me that bullshit does not last forever. Then there are the friends I’ve bonded with, through the good and the bad, like my brain twin Elizabeth Sampat. Show More Summary

What's a "Real Mom," Elizabeth Banks?

Actress Elizabeth Banks inserted her foot far back into the reaches of her mouth recently while discussing motherhood with People magazine. The Hunger Games star shared her thoughts on becoming a mother for the second time after her second son was born last November: "You don’t realize how easy one is until you have two. Show More Summary

Help Homefulness Happen: Donate Today!

Homefulness is a vision that goes back decades. It was the theme of the first issue of POOR Magazine in 1996. It is a poor people–created vision of good housing, where home, garden, childcare, education, community, and art and media making are fluid and shared. Show More Summary

Save vs Sexism: On Language with Amanda Valentine, Part 2

Photo credit: Ed Healy Amanda Valentine is an award winning game editor and book reviewer. The host of the 2013 ENnie Awards, Amanda is always busy and in high demand. As the number of women both creating and playing tabletop games continues...Show More Summary

Body Double (Standard): The celebrity profiles of Megan Fox and Beyoncé

Men’s magazines are dubious during the best of times, but so far 2013 is bringing out their worst. Last week, eyebrows were raised by this flimsy GQ profile of Beyoncé Knowles, where author Amy Wallace says Bey's “as hot as fish grease.”...Show More Summary

Save vs Sexism: Enjoying a Fiasco

Disclosure: I co-wrote a Fiasco playset in 2012, with fellow game designer Logan Bonner. Fiasco, published by Bully Pulpit Games and designed by Jason Morningstar, is a game where the cover says it all. Fiasco follows a particular narrative form: Act I, The Tilt (where everything goes horribly wrong), Act II, and the Aftermath. Show More Summary

Lady Liquor: I'll Tell You When I've Had Enough!

It's last call here at Lady Liquor. Which is bad news for me, because I feel like I'm just getting started. Like: I talked about concern trolling regarding crack babies, but I didn't get into the mixed science on fetal alcohol syndrome...Show More Summary

Save vs. Sexism: Rolling With Kids

I started playing Dungeons&Dragons with my older siblings when I was just a kid. It’s been more than 15 years since then, and gaming has been growing in every direction. That includes increasingly younger gamers. Happily, there haveShow More Summary

The Biggest Loser: Now, With More Fat-Shaming of Children!

Worried about those extra pounds you gained over the holidays? Don't be! According to a study released last week by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), those pounds might save your life. Well, sort of. JAMA analyzed approximately three million adults for the study and found that those whose B.M.I. Show More Summary

Save vs. Sexism: Kickstarting Sexism with Kingdom Death

Sometimes, board games have cool miniatures and artistically admirable player pieces. Other times, they have patently sexist, exploitative and offensive miniatures. Sadly, this week has supplied an exemplar in the latter category. Kingdom...Show More Summary

Canada's Indigenous-Rights Revolution: Idle No More

First Nations Attawapiskat Chief Teresa Spence has been on a hunger strike for an entire month. Apparently, this is what it takes in Canada these days to get attention from the country’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who continues to treat the chief's desperate measure with chilly indifference. Show More Summary

Everything You Really, Really Didn't Want to Know about the Steubenville Rape Case

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard something or other in the past month about a horrifying gang-rape case out of Steubenville, Ohio, involving two of the town's star football players, an inebriated out-of-town girl, and an alarming number of adults willing to defend the boys and blame the girl. Show More Summary

Save vs. Sexism: Beyond the Silo

Games come together through the combined development of designers, editors, publishers, layout, art, printers, graphic designers, public relations, project management, playtesters, art directors, and more. It can take a stunning number...Show More Summary

Lady Liquor: Drugs, Alcohol, Moral Panics, and Children as Property

Wait a minute! Wait a minute! It turns out! Women drink too! Sometimes they even drink faster or more than men, according to a charmingly colloquially written science news piece that crossed my notice over the holidays. According toShow More Summary

Save vs. Sexism: Where Are Her Clothes?

Game art can enrich a roleplaying game. While browsing your friendly local game store, games will often draw you in with their cover. That said, too many times, covers look like this: In the comic-book community, there’s a lot of discussion...Show More Summary

Save vs. Sexism: New Years' Resolutions for Fighting Sexism

It’s the second day of the New Year, but any day is a good one for resolutions against sexism. Whether you’re a games consumer or a games maker, there are things you can do to make tabletop games a more inclusive and less sexist hobby. Show More Summary

Save vs. Sexism: The Sexuality of Monsterhearts

Monsterhearts is a paean to the teen supernatural genre. When I was a teenager we had Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine’s Fear Street, and a number of teenage-protagonist horror movies to settle the itch. People talk about the explosion of the teen genre, but it’s always been around. Show More Summary

Save vs. Sexism: The Joy of Gloom

I love Gloom. I have a gothic, morbid, Edward Gorey–esque streak a mile wide. I’ve been that way my whole life. Gloom satisfies that love of creepy and adorable in one go, with the added bonus of being a game. It’s a bit more active as activities go than parking on the internet looking for creepy-cute art for my house. Show More Summary

Save vs. Sexism: Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is a game that is fiercely popular, constantly requested, and perpetually sold out. In tabletop gaming, it is a cultural phenomenon. It's also deeply problematic. Over and over at conventions and parties I hear...Show More Summary

Save vs. Sexism: Raised by the White Wolf

Disclosure: I’m a long-standing fan of many games put out by White Wolf, and was one of the writers for the newly released update of White Wolf’s Convention Book: N.W.O. The first time I cracked open a White Wolf role-playing game, it was Mage: The Ascension. Show More Summary

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