So you all know, we’re still here! There just hasn’t been a lot of post-writing lately, due to working on other projects.
First, I have plans to write a post about the latest space stuff — that’s in-progress.
Second, I’ve been working a great deal on novel writing. Progress is slow but steady.
Third, I haven’t seen Interstellar yet, but it’s high on the list of things to see, comment upon, and nitpick.
Finally, I’ve also been working on writing assorted short stories. The current score: 30 submissions, 25 rejections, 4 outstanding, 1 acceptance.
Yup, I’ve actually managed to sell a fictional short story. For real. I’m excited. It will probably be a while before it’s published, but I’ll put a link up once it’s available for reading.
Anita Sarkeesian has released the next episode of Tropes vs Women. This time, she discusses the serious problem of video games promoting sexual objectification of women, sexual exploitation of women, and violence against women.
A content warning is required here. A lot of the material she covers is quite explicit and/or extremely violent. This is very creepy stuff. That it is so common in the video game industry is quite scary.
Added 2014 August 25. Part 2 of the episode is now available:
There is a problematic aspect to some of Sarkeesian’s analysis here. She focuses on how the games she is dissecting treat sex worker characters simply as objects, to be exploited or attacked, and how that contributes to oppression of women in reality. What she does not address in this video is that in real life, sex workers of all genders are people with agency themselves – people who are the victims of a system of oppression (sometimes called whorephobia) that intersects with sexism, racism, and other forms of bigotry but is not identical to any of those. I am not qualified to express opinions on this matter myself; so I can only recommend that people listen to what others have said about it. – MWB