Feb. 3rd, 2011

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It's not just enough to say you are against rape, or against patriarchy, when you are a guy and not be willing to be called on the stuff that you do or take advantage because of your status of privilege in society.

And yes I'm talking about Penny Arcade and PaxEAST.

Its easy to be a guy and think that your going to a convention has nothing to do with supporting rape culture. Because frankly we can be pretty secure in the privilege being a guy gives us.

Now I'm not going to say I'm innocent of doing this. Goodness knows [livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom puts up with a lot of shit from me. But part of wanting to be an ally is knowing that questioning your own assumptions is the first order of business.

I has the greatest respect and admiration for women like my wife or Courtney Stanton for the crap they put up with. But they shouldn't have to, and they certainly shouldn't be doing it alone.

Guys, and I'm particularly speaking to gamer guys because you’re my subculture and no matter how stupid you are I still identify with you, it is time to realize that we're mired in this patriarchal crap and it makes a difference and we have to own our own stupidity and point out the stupidity of others. And than work to change it.

If you support the guys at Penny Arcade, and that includes supporting PaxEast, than you are part of the problem. You are looking the other way at rape culture. And looking the other way is basically agreeing.

And unfortunately I count myself as part of the problem because I don't post enough about this sort of stuff in a coherent or consistent fashion. And I'm not proud of that.

So folks, look around and think is this really what we want to be? Is this the ebst we can be? And hopefully like me you'll agree its not. And maybe a part of that is walking away from Penny Arcade and PAX.


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