Saturday, June 22, 2013

Oh Hey Rape Culture Coming Out Like No Business

Oh Hey Rape Culture Coming Out Like No Business

Well now, I have to wonder what has gotten into the water lately as it seems that the whole patriachy has come out in full bloom with the nicer weather. In the past few weeks we have had some really questionable statements and projects make the headlines on the internet and just in pop culture in general. It's going to be tough for me to even know where to start in all this. But hey, let's go with the video games.

Over at E3 it was a pretty clear case that Xbox got its ass handed to it by Playstation. But let's not talk about that boring played out shit. Let's talk about what happened during the Xbox reveal. What essentially was kicking a company when they were down.You tell me if this isn't a little questionable;

The presentation was for Killer Instinct's latest revival to the new generation of consoles. Because it's pretty clear that the latest generation wants nothing more than to play the old shit again. In any case, it featured the producer and a manager playing the game and he states
“Just let it happen, it’ll be over soon,” 
While most would shrug it off as simple shit talking while playing a game, it does have the roots in being related to rape. Even more so when you originally make a sexual reference to your dick as a fight stick and ask "Wow, you like those." 

I thought it was pretty fucking repulsive in that matter and the outrage for it was pretty justified. Just as much as I would if one told the other "Man, I'm just bending you over and you're taking it, aren't you?" It's simply something you probably shouldn't do on stage in front of the world watching the launch of your already questionable overpriced piece of shit game console.

But hey, Microsoft did respond and apologize for the situation with this company message;
“Yesterday, during the Xbox E3 briefing, one of our employees made an off the cuff and inappropriate comment while demoing ‘Killer Instinct’ with another employee. This comment was offensive and we apologize. At Microsoft, being open and respectful with others is central to our code of conduct and our values. Bullying and harassment of any kind is not condoned and is taken very seriously. We remain committed to make gaming fun for everyone, and in that effort, we must lead by example.”
Which is a step in the right direction, but it does continue to confirm that notion that video games are not for girls. Unless you want to have your self image shattered some more with big breasted avatar characters that are typically catered towards the male demographic. Just look at most all video game female characters and you'll see that there's a type that they like to create.

In any case, now that we got video games done, let's go to music. Just listen to Robin Thicke's newest song that will probably degrade you if you are a woman.

To be honest, I didn't even understand a single thing that is happening in that video. Like, it was a different language altogether to me. Sort of like what the adults sound like in the Peanuts. It was pure jibberish to my ears. Maybe that's just pop music in general as it is topping the charts in the pop scene for some reason.

But hey, what I can make out does seem like it's fairly questionable. I had to go with a few other sources to even realize what is going on and is being said in that sucker. But lyrics like "I know you want it," which when added with the video does make it all into the realm of being pretty rapey.  But then again, this should be of no surprise to anyone. Robin Thicke, when asked about how people are saying that if he thought it was degrading to women his response was simply "Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I've never gotten to do that before. I've always respected women."

And boom goes the dynamite. Ha!

But even that bluntness and back handed compliment level, the song continues to be a billboard success. It's also a huge hit in the U.K. as well. Which does make you question exactly what level of concern women have towards things that degrade and mock them so much. 

The final subject is about Kickstarter. Namely someone who tried and did sell their shitty ideas to the masses in the form of a PUA book that was certainly taken as rapey. I present to you, ABOVE THE GAME 

It basically was some Redditors attempt to write a book that took all the years of his knowledge of that stupid PUA system and answering people on Reddit's sub forum dedicated to that sort of nonsense and begged people for money to publish it. The sucker got over 800% of what he was expecting, or at least how much he needed to get the project funded. The problem is that the book seems like it ignores the very basic in common sense with advice such as picking her up and putting her on your lap regardless of how much protest the lady makes.

Shit like that and other stuff about being aggressive regardless on if the woman wants it or not. Suggesting that you should force her to rebuff your advances. Essentially it's Rape 101 for anyone who doesn't want any part of it. In all honesty, I have to say that I don't give a shit about this guy or his book. In fact, by all means he should be able to publish it, especially since there's his fans out there to support him.

Yeah, that's right. I may not agree with what he is saying in his book. Nor would I actually ever take any of his steps to landing the ladies. But by all means, he does have the right to publish whatever dribble he wants to publish. And if that means that it is published because a lot of other lonely losers out there want to read his foolish words, then more power to him.

I don't see how this is any different than the slew of self help books out there that are nothing more than scam artist just making a quick buck off someone too stupid to realize that the advice is no good. People have been calling for Kickstarter to not fund his project. I have to say, what the fuck? Why not? I'm not going to buy it, but we are, after all, in a free market. By all means people can pay whatever the fuck they want to pay for without big brother stopping them. And since Kickstarter seems like nothing more than a futures program, it just means that these people are pre-ordering their copy of another shitty book.

Will it lead to more rape? I think not. I mean, let's face it, what number of morons will take this advice and put someone on their lap? I mean, let's be honest. Most of the folks who read PUA books are completely lonely losers and lifting weights, let alone another person isn't going to happen any time soon. That's for damn sure.

And let's be honest, Kickstarter shouldn't start policing their projects and being stingy with it. Didn't Zane Lampery just raise enough money to do his drinking show again? Why wouldn't M.A.D.D. come in and bitch about him just encouraging drunk drivers? It's a slippery slope when we start monitoring and limiting what stupid ideas get funding and which ones don't. It's best to just let the people decide on which ones they want to support. Especially since this got over 800% of its request amount, it's pretty clear that it's popular enough for all of that.

So what makes this different than the other two things I talked about? Well, it's freedom of expression. No matter how offensive and awful something is, I'd rather defend someone's right to publish what they want, than get upset about the content that they are publishing. If you don't like the content, then perhaps you should vote with your wallet and not buy into it. It's really that simple without the need to censor people.

I really also don't think that Kickstarter has any obligation to take down the project because technically he is writing about his opinions and not about hate speech. Besides, they're just a funding platform and their main goal is to provide a place where others can vote with their wallet in what gets funded and what doesn't. In this case there was enough people to start and fund this project.

Perhaps that should be more of a shame on the public for sponsoring it. But then again, if there's a buyer for it, than it'll succeed. And really, that's all you have to deal with.

Well then. That was three stories that have been going on and has taken stance on the issue of a sort of rapey culture that we seemed to have turned into.

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