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Bad Boys, Bad Boys: Whatcha gonna do when they come for y—- wait you were harassing WOMEN online? Nevermind then; we’re cool bra.

“If you have any kids, they’re going to die too. I don’t give a fuck. They’ll grow up to be feminists anyway.”

[All quotes used can be found here. They are tweets shared by feminist game designer Brianna Wu that she received before fleeing her home]

Saying you’re going to T-bag someone’s mother isn’t illegal. It isn’t particularly funny or clever, but it’s also not going to land you in federal prison for 5 years. Saying you will kill someone, even if you say it online or through any digital medium, can land you in jail for up to 5 years. Federal law 18 U.S.C. § 875(c) states: “Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication containing any threat to kidnap any person or any threat to injure the person of another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”

“I wish whoever rapes you, gets a POV video of it”

If it is illegal to say you will come to someone’s house and rape and murder them, then I have 2 questions: 1) why are so many people still making these threats online and 2) WHY THE FUCK AREN’T THEY IN PRISON?

“You just made a shitty game nobody liked. That’s it. No one wil lcare when you die”

Now, I know it’s all the rage to hate on feminism these days; it’s very “hip” as they say. It’s even more in fashion to belittle white, well-educated feminists trying to make a difference (this belittling most often coming from young white male academics who clearly are the voice of the silenced and marginalized woman). But carceral feminism? Forget about it. Did you just hear that? It’s white, male, straight academics peeing themselves with excitement. Wipe up that puddle boys; I’m not done yet.

“I hope you enjoy your last moments alive on this earth. You did nothing worthwhile with your life.”

Prisons aren’t the answer to everything. The law isn’t the answer to everything. There are still going to be systemic problems women face even if this harassment law is enforced. Sometimes calling the police makes it worse. [Other appeasing line for those who will willfully not engage in the substance of my argument because I haven’t hedged and nuanced enough.] Besides, you’ve gotten what you wanted anyway. Because right now there is no recourse for these women threatened out of their homes. So that’s good right?

“I’ve got a K-bar and I’m coming to your house so I can shove it up your ugly feminist cunt.”

Back to the topic at hand. Women have been getting threatened and harassed out of their homes and out of the gaming industry, well, actually out of almost all technology-based industries since there were technology-based industries to harass women out of. What’s happening now, however, is that the harassment is coming in public forums in addition to the private ones used in the past. Further, it’s happening, or at least women are coming forward about it, at an alarming rate. We have also reached a kind of tipping point where women occupy an important ($) market for companies. Women spend about half of the dollars spent on game and represent roughly half the players. This, if nothing else, forces companies to pay lip service in support of stopping the threats and harassment.

“Your mutilated corpse will be on the front page of Jezebel tomorrow and there isn’t jack shit you can do about it.”

So why isn’t the macho-industrial complex coming to the aid of these poor, helpless, frightened women? Or said another way, why does there seem to be no repercussions for this type of harassment? I don’t know. I want this to stop. I want women to be able to freely participate in gaming or any technology industry and culture.

“How’s that for terrifying you stuck up cunt? I’m sick of you fucking feminist asshats.”

Now, before you jump on me for wanting to silence or change or whatever the dude-bro gaming culture, let me qualify. I would like to think that I’m not too sensitive when it comes to jibes online. I can T-bag with the best of them. That’s not the culture we need to change. We don’t need to take the jokes, insults, and banter out of gaming. We need to stop DDSing women for being women.  We need to stop calling women’s workplaces and families to call them whores. We need to stop the rape and death threats. This is not a fine line, people. We have likely all been a part of an inappropriate joke. There are some that are offensive, but they likely don’t involve publishing someone’s address online, tweeting their kids’ names, or making a video game where you beat the shit out of them. Let’s stop that part.

“I’m going to rape your filthy ass until you bleed, then choke you to death with your husband’s tiny Asian penis.”

Ok ok, it’s easy to say, “let’s end harassment!” Cuz, who wouldn’t want to do that? That brings us to an interesting point. What do we do about this? For one, I say we demand that that Federal law 18 U.S.C. § 875(c) be enforced. Then, I say as people who love gaming that we refuse to be a part of any group that conducts this harassment and we talk loudly about it when we see it. Finally, I say that we as academics stop being sidetracked by this and that and really start to give a shit about what is happening to these women. We do research on technology. We use technology to teach. But this technology comes with blood on it’s hands and we need to start giving a shit about it. I issue this challenge to every academic with a Facebook/Twitter/Google+ account: every time you want to post something about one of the following items, you instead post something about harassment in video games: anti-feminism, object-oriented ontology, Ian Bogost, lazy students, computers in the classroom, or brunch.

“Guess what bitch I now know where you live. You and Frank live at 6** *****, Arlington MA, *****”


the wwf’s living planet report 2014, which discovered that we’ve lost half of all the world’s wildlife in the past fourty years, showed more specifically that the population of common dormice dropped by 43 percent between 1993 and 2010.

not only are dormice vulnerable to habitat loss, but they’re hesitant to cross open fields, and the grubbing out of hedgerows in recent decades has removed the wildlife corridors between woods that has allowed the dormice to move more freely to new habitat.  

dormice have very specialized diets of berries and nuts, and with less habitat they are unable to seek out enough food to fatten up before their six month hibernation (which was featured in these two posts). 

photos by (click pic) andrea zampatti, richard austin xmiroslav hlávkobengt lundberg, david kjaer and ingo ardnt



best thing i learned working with and learning about kids: when they do shit like this, especially to something they themselves use and enjoy, leave it there for as long as possible. let them return to the fun thing over and over again so that it sinks in that the thing they did was wrong, they ruined something, and now they can’t have fun because of it and they should never do it again. it teaches them consequence of action and cautiousness.

i did this with a 3-year-old kid i babysat who filled his playstation with peanut butter before i got there, just every time he went back to it and asked why it’s not working, i opened it and pointed to the peanut butter stains and said “you did that” and he says “yeah”, “will it work like that?” “…no”, and when he got it and promised to never put anything but games into a game machine again, his parents bought another and he kept his promise. it works, even at that age.

this was a long and unnecessary rant but so many times i’ve seen parents IMMEDIATELY replace their kids’ toys/electronics that they destroy over and over again and i’m just like NO THEY’RE NOT LEARNING ANYTHING THAT WAY 

they also don’t learn from being thrown into fires

(Source: ogtmoreno)


what do you mean it’s not christmas yet

i don’t use this 3DS anymore and i have digital copies of these games now so i’m giving the physical copies away along with the console. i’m not interested in selling them because lbr have you ever tried selling gaming stuff

it’s easier to part with as a gift so they might as well go to someone less fortunate than i

  • is this how you do the rules
  • 1 entry for each reblog (reblog as much as you want)
  • 1 entry for each like
  • you don’t have to follow me i don’t care
  • the 3DS and games are european but i’ll ship anywhere
  • the 3DS comes with a stylus and charger
  • i’ll answer questions off anon
  • giveaway ends on november 25 so the things can arrive in time for christmas
  • i won’t announce the winner unless they want me to, in order to protect their privacy

good luck!!

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