Shit that Pissed me off – 4/8
So Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear came out with an expansion and it includes a transgender character. Which is cool.
No word on what bathrooms the character is allowed to use. I suppose it depends on the state…
Anyway, a bunch of dickweed gamers are apparently pissed because the writer of the game had the audacity to introduce her social opinions into a video game! They are dropping one star reviews in the gamer equivalent of carpet bombing. With Cheetos and Mountain Dew.
Amber Scott, who wrote the game, has this to say:
As I’ve said before (and I won’t say much more on this subject other than to get my perspective out there): I’m the writer and creator. I get to make decisions about who I write about and why. I don’t like writing about straight/white/cis people all the time. It’s not reflective of the real world, it sets up s/w/c as the “normal” baseline from which “other” characters must be added, and it’s boring.
So that seems pretty logical. Nobody should give a shit.
But apparently including a transgender character in a fictional world that has ogres and goblins is just to unrealistic for some gamers. The best solution, of course, is to shut up and complain about the gameplay.
So we all remember the widely debunked Planned Parenthood videos that seemed to show doctors just selling baby parts on the black market for top dollar and then going home to their spacious lakefront homes where they hypocritically lived with their non aborted children, right?
I mean, you would think that was on the videos given the vigor with which many state legislatures have continued to pursue Planned Parenthood.
In Missouri, an investigation turned up no wrongdoing but that really didn’t sit well with some conservatives at the State house so they formed the State Senate Committee on the Sanctity of Life (not a typo.) The committee spends zero time, so far as I can tell, talking about the death penalty.
Instead, they are trying to get Planned Parenthood to turn over consent forms that include the names of every woman who has had an abortion. Which honestly feels a lot like an invasion of privacy.
But who cares? Those abortion doctors shouldn’t be able to live in those nice lakefront houses!
For all the talk about how they don’t want to punish the mothers, the pro-life crusaders seems awfully interested in finding out who they are.
Apparently the fact that two Star Wars films in a row feature women in lead roles means that every Star Wars film (except the previous six) won’t feature women in lead roles.
This is upsetting some guys who seem to think that there just aren’t enough movies about men out there.
My favorite is this guy:
— Irish Fanatic (@Irish_fanatic1) April 7, 2016
Apparently, a movie with a male lead isn’t original. There are only two choices, Irish Fanatic. Actually, given our shifting concepts of gender, there are actually more than two choices but that’s probably more complicated than you can really comprehend so let’s just stick with two.
So if there are only two choices, how exactly is one of them supposed to be more unoriginal than the other?
Original would have been a black woman who was also an amputee. Or an Asian trans woman. Original would have been…you know…original.
So how about you mysogigeeks stop freaking out over the number of women being featured in the Star Wars universe? Because there are more than enough dicks in geekdom already.
Look, I get it. Members of every viewpoint are regularly killed because what they believe is not popular in the country they choose to believe it. So I’m not going to call out Muslims for being worse than any other religion.
Radical Muslims are pretty bad, though. They aren’t bad because they are muslims. They are bad because they are radical.
Worse, though, is a government that seems to justify the acts of the radicals. The Bangladeshi Home Minister had this to say about the investigation:
It is needed to see whether he has written anything objectionable in his blogs.
In other words “He might have been wearing beliefs that were too revealing, in which case it was his own fault he was hacked to death with machetes in the street.”
Now he was speaking in Bengali so perhaps there is a problem with the translation. I’m sure he meant to say:
No. Why would I give a shit what was on his blog? He was hacked to death in the street! You don’t do that shit here! We’re going to catch these fuckers and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.
That’s probably what he said.
I know I’ve been writing about North Carolina and their hateful bathroom bill for a couple of weeks. Thing is, these nutbag politicians keeps saying the most awful/stupid things.
This week, it was their Lieutenant Governor, Dan Forest. Here’s what he had to say to explain why laws allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identity are discriminatory:
In fact, the Charlotte ordinance was amazingly discriminatory against especially women and girls who no longer had the freedom to walk into a restroom and know that they would be safe and secure in that restroom without a man walking in or a pedophile or a predator walking into that bathroom.
So what he seems to be implying is that the lack of an ordinance allowing transgender people into restrooms was the only thing preventing a predator from going into a woman’s bathroom.
Again, we are faced with the bullshit idea that there are a whole bunch of dudes who are dressing up as women just to prey on women in public restrooms.
If that were true, you don’t need to pass a law against transgender people. You need to install video cameras in every women’s restroom.
But not the men’s restroom. Because the guys can handle themselves. And if it is a high school and a transgender woman is forced to use the men’s bathroom, she won’t be putting those boys at risk.
Because she won’t. She, however, will be at extremely high risk.
But who gives a shit about that, right? She isn’t really a woman anyway.
Seriously. Fuck all of these people.
Two notes to end my weekly rant. First, my theater company is doing a fifty hour comedy marathon this weekend to raise funds. If you are local, do us a favor and come by for a few hours. If you aren’t local, we are streaming online. For fifty straight hours. Check it out. If you want to know when you can see me doing stuff, I wrote a post about that.
And I’ve written another short story. This week ended up being a tale that might evolve into something longer somewhere down the road. So check it out if you are so inclined.