June 26, 2013

Video games and rape culture: why dildo swords aren’t a joke.

Trigger warning: sexual violence


What have I learned today? That rape culture is alive and well in the gaming community.

An upcoming video game, Saints Row 4 (SR4), was refused classification by the Australian Classification Board. Everyone lost their shit about the nanny state – and how nothing had really changed with the introduction of the R18+ classification for games at the start of this year – even before any specifics about the why were released. But it was clear that one of the reasons was sexual violence – something that I can’t recall anyone in the classification . . . → :: Read More ::

December 24, 2012
Gun nuts in the US defend the 2nd Amendment – by attacking the 1st Amendment.   Leave a comment
For Christmas, the Uniting Church and Churches of Christ call bullshit on inequities and abuse of power, Catholics, Anglicans and Lutherans offer generic platitudes. Leave a comment
ALP MP calls for AFP investigation into Brough and Co over Slipper/Ashby mess. Coalition questions if it’s a good use of taxpayer funds, apparently not seeing any similarity to their own constant calls for publicly funded investigations of their political rivals. Leave a comment
December 21, 2012
World doesn’t end. Stupid people everywhere don’t self-examine and wonder at their own gullibility. No, you don’t need a link for this. And I’m lazy. Leave a comment
December 20, 2012
Oddly, the ACMA finds that tearing an interviewee to shreds because they’ve got nary a leg to stand on isn’t bias, it’s journalism. Leave a comment
“Americans – particularly white men – remain stubbornly enchanted by the freedoms that they imagine the gun represents. Too many of us still want our Man Card, and, in a way unique to our country, we will sacrifice our own children to get it.” Leave a comment
Idiot moves in above nightclub, complains about noise. Leave a comment
December 19, 2012
Abbott hasn’t read the federal court judgement he’s dismissing. Doesn’t sound at all like something Abbott would do in an interview with Leigh Sales. Leave a comment
Government swipes money from UN aid budget to pay for arbitrary imprisonment of refugees. Leave a comment
December 18, 2012
“And as [Abbott] wrestles, too late, with the task of convincing a sceptical public that there is more to him than meets the eye, he might reflect on the words of Luke’s Gospel: “For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses himself?”" Leave a comment
December 17, 2012
“the judgement is so dismissive of Ashby and his colleagues that it’s a minor miracle it didn’t end with the words “Now piss off, ya fucken muppets.”” Leave a comment
Internet stays free(ish) (for now). Leave a comment
December 14, 2012
Journo calls bullshit on Coalition not answering questions. Leave a comment
OECD tells Swan he should stop being so uptight about the surplus. Leave a comment
Ashby case really starting to bite the Coalition in the arse. Leave a comment
December 13, 2012
Assange for Senate? O.o Leave a comment
December 12, 2012
Ashby’s case against slipper thrown out for being obviously a political and personal attack, and an abuse of the court system. Leave a comment
Women shouldn’t bake because it’s anti-feminist, or some shit. 34 comments
December 11, 2012
Idiot pranksters somehow didn’t think that something might go wrong with illegal invasion of privacy through deception, are surprised when it does. Leave a comment
December 10, 2012
“irresistible garden of penis-witchery” Leave a comment
December 7, 2012
Gillard stands by surplus promise. Leave a comment
Idiot goes more than double the speed limit, records it, posts the video on youtube. Leave a comment
December 5, 2012
Israel casually announces the re-commencement of war crimes. Everyone too polite to mention the fact that Israel is blatantly violating the Fourth Geneva Convention. Leave a comment
December 3, 2012
Coalition still lying about carbon tax causing most of power price increases, media letting them get away with it despite definitive proof to the contrary being on public record. One comment
Abbott only wants to talk about policy. Also, moving into comedy. Leave a comment
December 1, 2012
Tony Abbott and his slushy character question Leave a comment
November 29, 2012
Bishop lies to be better at accusing Gillard of lying. Leave a comment
November 28, 2012
Coalition keep slinging the same mud that won’t stick, hoping it will stick. Leave a comment
UN human rights committee votes unanimously to ban female genital mutilation. Leave a comment
November 27, 2012
Labor MPs agitating for Palestine support Leave a comment
Catholic Church taken to International Criminal Court Leave a comment
November 26, 2012
Bigots. Again. Still. Leave a comment
Coalition still clutching at straws, trying to get mud to stick on Gillard. Per crossbencher: with all the attention, if there was something to find, it would’ve been found already. Leave a comment
LNP in turmoil as Newman continues to channel Joh. Leave a comment
November 23, 2012
Coalition and Labor support a visa policy that allows people to effectively buy their way in (unless they’re refugees, then buying your way to a country is illegal and horrible). Leave a comment
Church groups working to make refugees’ lives easier asked by government how to make refugees’ lives harder. Leave a comment
Out with one dictator, in with another. Leave a comment
Abbott would cut overall refugee intake. Quite the humanitarian. Leave a comment
November 22, 2012
Abbott gets called on “illegal” lie (again), doubles down on the lie (again). Leave a comment
Abbott criticises government for getting better deal on chemically identical chemo drug, tries to pretend they’re cutting funding for cancer patients. Leave a comment
November 21, 2012
Israel hasn’t had enough of killing Palestinians to convince voters in their upcoming election that they need to stay afraid. No quite yet. Leave a comment
Racist douchebags get caught on camera, likely to face charges. Leave a comment
November 20, 2012
Western kids want fame and money, kids from the developing world want jobs that do good. 16 comments
Federal government to finally plug hole in federal anti-discrimination law.   Leave a comment
The five day working week is offensive to the business lobby. Leave a comment
And to the Catholic Church I have to say this: you certainly did fuck an awful lot of kids, and at some point, this is going to make you wildly unpopular with the powerful anti-kid-fucking lobby. Leave a comment
Some (but not much) federal government money set aside to fight human trafficking. Leave a comment
November 19, 2012
Barnaby Joyce: lunatic. Leave a comment
Overwhelming support for voluntary euthanasia. Leave a comment
November 16, 2012
What the bible has to say about when life begins (spoiler: it’s not at conception) 13 comments
November 15, 2012
Abortion bans kill, or Why ‘Pro-Life’ is a gratuitous misnomer. Leave a comment
Americans being stupid. Leave a comment
November 14, 2012
Victims of abuse call bullshit on Pell playing the victim. Leave a comment
Even Abbott thinks that priests should be required to report abuse they learn about through confession. Leave a comment
“the community won’t tolerate violence against the elderly”, but by ommission, apparently violence against anyone else is… okay? Leave a comment
November 13, 2012
Lessons for Abbott, pollies in general, in Romney loss. Leave a comment
November 12, 2012
Homeless rate up by 17% in 5 years Leave a comment
Increasing pressure for royal commission into child abuse in the church Leave a comment
November 9, 2012
Palmer calls out potential corruption in LNP, severely pisses off LNP. Leave a comment
Australia to get on board with Kyoto 2 Leave a comment
Iran trolls US, attacks drone in international airspace. Leave a comment
‘Net filter squashed, ACL still providing lulz. Leave a comment
November 8, 2012
Nate Silver is awesome, just saying. Leave a comment
Treasury and Government call bullshit on Opposition complaints about costing embarrassment. Leave a comment
November 7, 2012
Opposition complain about Swan asking Treasury to assess their policies… mostly because they don’t want people to realise how terrible those policies are. Leave a comment
Dodgy voting booths are dodgy. In favour of Romney. 111 comments
November 6, 2012
High Court to hear mining tax challenge Leave a comment
November 5, 2012
Coalition tax policies would help large corporations, harm smaller businesses. Leave a comment
Idiot stores breast milk in lead crystal decanter, surprised when baby has lead poisoning. Leave a comment
Cosy relationship between News of the World and Cameron. Duh. Leave a comment
November 2, 2012
Combet trolls the Libs on leadership tension. Leave a comment
November 1, 2012
UN calls bullshit on Australia’s handling of refugees. Again. Leave a comment
Thomson accuses Labor of pandering to the redneck vote. Leave a comment
October 31, 2012
Businesses call for surplus promise to be abandoned so they can get more money (and then probably criticise the government for reneging). Leave a comment
King of like how the Coalition vote down spending cuts so they can complain about excess spending and the government maybe not being able to keep its promise on balanced spending. Leave a comment
Republican Governor praises Obama for Hurrican Sandy response, tells Fox he doesn’t give a shit about presidential politics when there’s a natural disaster (when they try to deflect his praise for Obama). Leave a comment
Cory “Gay-Marriage-Leads-To-Bestiality” Bernardi keeps top spot on ticket ahead of more senior Lib, despite Abbott’s comments last week that seniority should determine position (but only when it can be used to embarrass the government). Leave a comment
October 30, 2012
Farrell hands top spot to Wong after pressure from PM (and probably others) Leave a comment
Fuckwits’ uppance  comes. Leave a comment
October 29, 2012
Public dental, NDIS, school funding – “distractions” according to the Opposition. Yeah, who cares about … healthcare… or kids… or disabled people.   Leave a comment
Opposition treasury spokesperson says 2.3% growth is “flatlining” and 0% growth would be a recession. Maybe Joe Hockey just hasn’t heard of negative numbers… Leave a comment
October 26, 2012
Tracy Spicer unloads a bucket full of smackdown. Leave a comment
October 25, 2012
Abbott tries to play the victim, as though he’s being persecuted for being a father. Leave a comment
Rape babies are God’s work: Republican Leave a comment
October 24, 2012
Head of ASEAN calls Coalitions’s boat policy stupid fucking bullshit. Slight paraphrase. Leave a comment
Abbott getting to be known internationally as effectively “that sexist guy”. Leave a comment
Fuck people. Seriously, arseholes. Leave a comment
Grats someone on breaking the law and sending out paper that’s probably covered in your fingerprints. And being a douchbag; grats on that, too. Leave a comment
October 23, 2012
Don’t predict a major earthquake? Jail time, bitches. Leave a comment
Abbott attacks cuts to baby bonus, saying government doesn’t understand having kids. Then tries to pretend it’s not a cheap shot about the leader of said government who doesn’t have kids. Leave a comment
October 22, 2012
Abbott’s negativity hurting himself more than the government Leave a comment
October 19, 2012
Abbott predicts (promises?) “election campaign will be the filthiest and the most personal in living memory”. By which he means people will call him on his bigotry, while he’ll be a bigot. Leave a comment
“gays, hell bent on taking the social fabric, sewing sequins on it and turning it into some kind of sex-cape.” Leave a comment
Iran: Yeah, you know what, I think the UN Security Council does need more US allies with a history of helping invade middle eastern countries for primarily political reasons. Leave a comment
October 18, 2012
Jones forced to fact-check, or else. Leave a comment
*snrk* Leave a comment
October 17, 2012
The crime David Hicks was convicted of gets overturned. So… that means, after formal appeals, no conviction. Which means the condition that he not sue for human rights abuses goes out the window, too. Man, sucks to be DFAT right now. Leave a comment
Canberra University hovers somewhere between defending and staying hands off the doctor who suggested contraceptives to ‘fix’ a male student’s The Gay. Leave a comment
For everyone who says “Abbott doesn’t hate women, he has daughters”, Macquarie Dictionary has some ‘splaining that might help you understand misogyny. Leave a comment