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Shit that Pissed me off – 4/8

Asshole Gamers Lose Their Shit Over a Transgender NPC

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.

Of course there is a picture of Cheetos and Mountain Dew on the internet.

Of course there is a picture of Cheetos and Mountain Dew on the internet.

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.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 4/1

Japanese Whalers Killed 200 Pregnant Whales

So the Japanese are still whaling in the name of “legitimate research.”  They headed off for their yearly kill of Minke whales and, among the 333 whales they were permitted to kill, they managed to bag 200 pregnant females.

To be fair – when you are killing a whale, you can’t tell if it is a pregnant female.  I’m sure if they had known that almost 2/3 of the whales they were killing were pregnant, they would have killed them anyway.

Is this whale pregnant? Who cares????

Is this whale pregnant? Who cares????

The excuse they give is that they are researching the breeding habits of whales or some other bullshit that basically comes down to “fuck you, rest of the world, we just want to kill whales.”

I don’t get it.  I really don’t.  All this bullshit to keep the members of four whaling vessels employed.

If they can’t find any other jobs for these guys, Trump could probably use some help building a wall.  I don’t think he has any problems with the Japanese.

Oh.  Um….never mind….

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 3/25

Microsoft Hired a Bunch of Models in Skimpy Schoolgirl Outfits for an Industry Party

Before I go on my traditional mini rant, let me begin by saying the head of Xbox games, who sponsored the party, and the head of Microsoft both came out saying, in effect, “holy shit was that a horrible decision and we feel like complete assholes and while we can’t actually say we are going to fire whoever put this party together, we are totally going to fire whoever put this party together.”

So I don’t want to pile too much abuse on a company that seems to recognize how stupid it was to host a women in gaming panel on the same day they hired some sexy Catholic schoolgirls to encourage gamer nerds to dance.

I will, however, heap abuse on whoever actually decided to hire the sexy Catholic schoolgirls.

Because what in the hell were they thinking?  In a time when their industry is under heavy fire for not really giving a shit about women gamers, they decided it’d be a good time to blatantly not give a shit about women gamers.

I did a Google search for "woman gamer" and found this image. The internet is a strange and wonderful place.

I did a Google search for “woman gamer” and found this image. The internet is a strange and wonderful place.

They could have hired ripped dudes to dress up as Italian plumbers for a little gender balance and it still would have been a dumb PR move but probably wouldn’t have resulted in quite the uproar they are currently experiencing.

I realize the return on investment may have seemed lower given gaming is still very much a male dominated industry but when you are throwing thousands of dollars at a dance party for gamers, you may have already been making poor investment choices.

Maybe if it had been a Dance Dance Revolution party for gamers…

PS: After reading this article, I do think it’s important to address the dancers.  They were doing a job for which they were hired.  There is nothing wrong with that.

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Shit That Pissed me Off – 3/4

Cheryl Tiegs Thinks a Plus Sized Model is “Unhealthy”

I don’t know what is more bothersome, the fact Tiegs chose to say this at all or the fact she supported her claim by saying she heard it from Dr. Oz.  You know – the same Dr. Oz who regularly supports miracle cures and herbal remedies that don’t work.

He seems like the definitive source to use when discussing a healthy weight.  Or health in general.

Speaking as a diabetic, I am well aware that excess weight can be unhealthy.  I understand that while fat shaming is a thing and needs to be avoided, there is also a need to talk about the fact that weighing too much can be unhealthy.

Not that I would suggest for a moment that her weight comes anywhere close to qualifying as "too much."

Not that I would suggest for a even moment that her weight comes anywhere close to qualifying as “too much.”

But the amount of weight Tiegs carries around (not very much) can also be unhealthy.

When a public figure starts talking about who weighs too much, it makes a difference.  Especially to young women who are being told all sorts of things about what their body should look like.

Now I personally don’t have a problem with my doctor telling me I could stand to lose a few pounds because he knows my medical history and makes recommendations meant to improve my overall health.  If Cheryl Tiegs showed up and started to talk to me about how much weight I needed to lose, I’d be less inclined to give a shit.

So please, Cheryl, shut up about what other women should weigh.  Leave that kind of unsolicited medical advice to Dr. Oz.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 2/26

John Kasich, the “Moderate” Republican, Just Defunded Planned Parenthood in Ohio

The bill he signed didn’t specifically defund Planned Parenthood. No. That would be too obvious.

It just said public funds will not go to any provider of health services that also provides abortions.  Like – you know – Planned Parenthood.

Don’t worry, though!  The funds that are no longer going to Planned Parenthood (and other abortion providers but mostly Planned Parenthood) will now go to other clinics that provide health services for women, HIV testing, and other services that Planned Parenthood was doing a great job providing.

Republicans like to say that they support women’s health (as John Oliver pointed out this week), but it really feels like it is “the health of women who choose not to terminate their pregnancy.”

You, young lady, are welcome to all the medical assistance you can afford! Because we aren't going to pay for it. That's socialism.

You, young lady, are welcome to all the medical assistance you can afford! Because we aren’t going to pay for it. That’s socialism.

Because if you want to terminate a pregnancy for any reason, your health no longer seems to be a concern. The hate focused squarely on Planned Parenthood (but really it isn’t just Planned Parenthood guys) has everything to do with demonizing an organization that has the balls to perform a legal medical procedure without being ashamed about it.

So while Kasich tries to convince you that he’s a moderate, just remember that he hates Planned Parenthood (seriously – it’s not just Planned Parenthood) just as much as the next Republican Presidential candidate.

He also understands Planned Parenthood just as much as the next Republican Presidential candidate.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 2/12

Dallas Judge Says He Will Not Perform Same-Sex Marriages Due to Religious Objection

I literally have no problem with a religious leader refusing to perform same-sex marriages.  I mean, I do because it is time to realize that love is love and the God you believe in is a homophobic jackass.  But they have a right to make those calls based on their interpretation of the Bible or Koran or whatever.

A judge is elected to perform a legal job and part of that job is marrying people.  As prescribed by law.  Which he is supposed to fucking uphold.  Impartially.

If you want to be a judge who doesn't have to follow the law, you need to start climbing the food chain. Like this dude.

If you want to be a judge who isn’t impartial, you need to climb the food chain.  Like this dude.

He claims the state Attorney General gave him permission to make this call based on an opinion that suggests he doesn’t have to perform the ceremony if there is someone else who can do it.  However, he is still practicing discrimination because he’s totally cool with performing “traditional” marriages.

I call bullshit.  Just do your fucking job.  If you don’t want to perform the “wrong” kind of marriage, don’t do them at all.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 1/29

School Principal Forces a Girl onto her Knees Because of School Dress Policy

It feels like just last week I was writing about young women being subjected to draconian dress policies.  Oh wait – it was just last week.  It’s like this sort of thing happens to young women all the time!

Gosh, I wonder what that does to their body image and self-esteem?

Who cares, right?  What’s important is that those young ladies remember that modesty is their best option in life.  It’s for their own good.  Young boys can’t be trusted.  If your skirt doesn’t touch the ground when you are kneeling, it is too short!

Yeah, curvy Barbie! You'd better GO HOME AND CHANGE!

Yeah, curvy Barbie! You’d better GO HOME AND CHANGE!

I really do understand the need for certain dress codes in schools.  At issue here, though,  is not the idea of a dress code but rather the idea that young women are shamed for showing off (what is deemed to be) too much of their bodies while young men do not face the same stigma.

In this case, the principal defended the action by pointing out boys had been sent home for wearing ripped jeans.

Did he make them kneel so he could measure the size of the holes?

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 1/15

South Dakota Lawmaker Wants Children to Submit to Genital Inspection Because Transphobia

File this under “laws that will never pass but what absolute insensitive fuckwit would even propose such a thing?”

South Dakota representative Roger Hunt is really concerned about transgender children being allowed to participate in sports based on their gender identity and he wants to make sure that kids are carefully forced into his personal definition of their gender.

Roger Hunt won't have to show his genitals because he's already shown that he's a dick.

Roger Hunt won’t have to show his genitals because he’s already shown that he’s a dick.

The only way to do this, he reasons through legislation, is to force kids to produce a birth certificate and also to submit to a genital inspection.  Score one for trans shaming but also score one for embarrassing every child who wants to participate in sports!

What’s that Billy?  You want to play Football?  Not until we make sure you have a penis!

Don’t worry, Billy!  It’s not discrimination.  Your sister Sally wants to play volleyball but she can’t do that until we see her vagina!

See?  Fair!

BTW – Hunt isn’t alone.  There’s also this fuckwit in Virginia.

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Shit that Pissed me Off – 12/4

This Bullshit Gotcha Video

In the video (which is complete bullshit and anyone who watches it and sympathizes with the filmmakers can just fuck the hell right off), a couple of guys trick a girl to prove that when she claims she has a boyfriend, she doesn’t actually have a boyfriend.  What a bitch, amirite?

No.  She’s just not interested. But she’s probably learned that if she says “I’m not interested,” the answer could likely be “why not?”

Seriously, college aged girl, what is it about me you find unattractive?

Seriously, college aged girl, what is it about me you find unattractive?

At that point, she has to lie and come up with some nice way to tell the guy he seems kind of sleazy and makes her feel unsafe or she can tell him the truth.  She’ll probably lie because when most of us are confronted with the choice of telling someone they are a sleaze or telling them something slightly nicer, we’ll go the nicer route.

Also, she’s probably learned that if she tells him that he is sleazy and makes her feel unsafe, he could ask her why she thinks that and then call her a “cunt” or a “bitch” or “frigid” and say she deserves to get raped.

Here’s the sad part, though, for the girl in this video, no answer is OK.  If she says he’s kind of sleazy (because he is) and she isn’t interested, she’s a bitch.  If she lies to be nice or just to avoid a more unpleasant conversation that she doesn’t want to have because fuck him she’s trying to study and he should have just left her the fuck alone, she’s still a bitch because she lied!

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Shit that Pissed me off – 10/23

Another Hearing about Benghazi

In spite of the fact it has been publicly stated that these hearings are nothing more than an attempt to discredit Hilary Clinton as a presidential candidate, the Senate held more hearings about Benghazi this week.  In what should come as no surprise, the committee spent considerable time discussing Clinton’s e-mails even after claiming they wouldn’t.

The saber rattling by the right about Benghazi is embarrassing.  It is done.  We are done.

The public doesn’t fucking care.

I mean, that isn’t true.  The far right cares and can’t get enough.  They think somewhere there is a smoking gun.  Ignoring, of course, the fact that the one body completely unqualified to find a smoking gun is the United States Congress.

The US Congress even concluded J. Harvey Oswald acted alone. I mean, they were right. But that isn't the point.

The US Congress even concluded Lee Harvey Oswald wald acted alone. I mean, they were right. But that isn’t the point.

If you would like to beat Hilary Clinton (or Bernie Sanders), oh Republican establishment, can I suggest you do it with better policies and better candidates?

Or are you already aware that won’t work?

Iowa Right to Life Director Doesn’t Really Know Much about Birth Control

I will never understand why pro-life advocates are not strongly pro birth control.  I mean, people will have sex.  It doesn’t matter how many purity rings you sell or how many abstinence only sex ed classes you teach.

Hell, married people who don’t want to have kids will have sex.

And if some of those women who want to have sex get pregnant, they might want an abortion.  Why wouldn’t you be in strong support of something that reduces the odds of an unwanted pregnancy in the first place?

I’m serious – there should be pamphlets about contraception and condoms at every pro-life event.  They should be handing that shit out in front of Planned Parenthood.  Here’s a good slogan: “use protection so you don’t even need to consider having an abortion!”

But they aren’t handing out condoms. In fact, after statistics have shown abortion rates in Iowa dropped after use of contraception increased, the head of Iowa’s Right to Life said:

I think that contraception, by and large, has a huge failure rate.

For the record, she is totally fucking wrong.  Used correctly, the failure rate of most contraception is less than 1%.

So – and I ask this with all respect – what the fuck is this really about?

Road Rage

I’m going to be the first to admit that I fucking hate other drivers.  All of them.  They are in my way and many of them engage in random lane changing or hang out in my blind spot or tailgate or drive too slow in the fast lane or don’t pull into the intersection to turn left until the light turns fucking yellow.

So I really understand road rage.

I am so angry, I will shake my fist at you in the rain!

I am so angry, I will shake my fist at you in the rain!

I don’t understand a guy who pulls out a gun and shoots another driver.  Nor do I understand a dude who swerves to hit a motorcycle.

When I get angry at another driver, I honk my horn at them.  If I’m super out of control, I might do it twice.

I feel like it is the proper way to say “you drive like a douchebag” without, you know, shooting them.

I know regular readers will be shocked that I didn’t complain about guns here.  So let me be clear, I’m not happy some asshole had a loaded gun in his car and shot a four year old.  He doesn’t get brownie points for admitting he murdered a kid because some other asshole cut him off in traffic.

Road rage is certainly made worse by a loaded gun.  But it is always bad.  The solution, of course, is for everyone else to stop driving.

Anti Geek Bullshit

So maybe you know (or maybe you don’t) that this week contained the date Marty and Doc Brown travelled to in Back to the Future II.

You may also know that a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer dropped this week.

Geeks were understandably excited about these two events.  The former resulted in a whole lot of jokes.  Many of which were repetitive and/or not very funny.

The latter resulted in blog posts dissecting every single shot.

And, of course, both resulted in a bunch of people railing against the geeks for being so fucking excited about something they personally didn’t like.

It takes all kinds, I guess but here’s the thing: if someone is excited about Back to the Future because they fucking love those movies, why do you give a shit?  If you are pissed that people don’t love your favorite movie, you need to learn something about art.

Love of art is subjective.  And yes – the Back to the Future movies are art.

Pop art, sure.  But still art.

You don’t have to like it.  But you don’t have to unzip your fly and piss on it either.