Singing Dogs and Gender Equality

Odd-Banner-CPromoting that your book (or movie or album or whatever) is created by a woman is like promoting you have a singing dog. The attraction is not that the dog sings well, but that it sings at all. Attaching the gender of the creator to the reasons why your audience should care about your creation is putting your work in the category of a sideshow freak. It’s something people gawk at, take pitty on, and applaud but never take seriously because it couldn’t stand on it’s own.

The gender of the creator does not tell the audience that the creation is good. Being male or female or whatever does not convey talent. People don’t buy Harry Potter because it’s written by a woman. People buy Harry Potter because it’s a good story.

In 2016 the only reason to put a gender to your book is because it wouldn’t sell in the fair and open market without it. You are appealing to your audience’s need to seem “open minded”. Most of these people aren’t going to actually read your book. They are buying it so they can feel better about themselves, give it a place of honor on their bookshelf and show off to other people how “progressive” they are. They are giving the singing dog it’s nickle for performing.

If women really and truly want to be seen as equals in the writing (or any) profession they need to drop the gender shtick and not be afraid to let their work stand on it’s own merit. To be judged just like everybody else. To stop hiding behind the shield of sexism and risk learning that they just aren’t good enough yet so they can strive to improve themselves and their work in the future. Without this risk they are just singing dogs. Nobody expects the singing dog to sing well. They just applaud that it exists and then forget about it when the next novelty comes along.

Honey Badger Radio: Zoe Quinn and Feminist Mean Girls

This week the Honey Badgers discuss bullying, depression, sexual bribery, bukaki, the war on anti-feminists, and vaginal slime. Enjoy.

Honey Badgers and the Killjoy

For those of you who don’t know, the Honey Badgers are an awesome group of women who believe in equality for men and women. These women are not feminists. They believe in true equality among the sexes and not special treatment for one gender over the other. For those of you who have noticed how active I have become lately on this topic, I was very honored to have been asked onto their show to discuss feminism in comics.

I would like to thank them all for having me on. It was great to be able to discuss these very serious topics (not just the comics ones) with women who weren’t going to make excuses for gender.

Please sit back and listen to this cast. Then visit their website at HoneyBadgerBrigade.com

Cosplayers, Perverts, and Social Justice Warriors, OH MY!

Re posting a rant I made on Facebook.

10421542_10204557220276871_1405079355335040618_nJust gotta say it. Everybody was so excited (yes, excited) to hear that a girl was attacked at Comic Con. News sites couldn’t wait to go on the witch hunt for the rapest who assaulted this “poor underage cosplayer”. And it didn’t’ help that the girl’s mother panicked and posted all sorts of things that weren’t true on facebook or that a man was arrested in this case.

And what did it turn out to be. The girl took a header at the hotel pool because she was intoxicated. That’s all. No assault, no rape, just a drunken tumble onto concrete. And the man who was arrested was arrested only because he admitted to giving her alcohol hours before hand and was released that night. Delinquency of a minor is not a rape charge.

Seriously people, is THIS what you want our conventions to turn into?! Feminists and social justice warriors seeing rape and harassment around every corner? Eager to point the finger at any male that comes along and say “you are a potential rapest and YOU are responsible for what has happened to this girl because you have a penis”. They are so hell bent to demand guards and escorts and scream that conventions are filled with perverts that they miss the obvious. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.

Yes, personal responsibility. This girl ran off from her friends, got drunk, and was injured due to her own actions. Nobody else’s. And as far as the convention floor is concerned, I do know there are perverts around who just want to cop a feel, but I have also seen more than one cosplayer shove her breasts into many a man’s face for pictures, or dry hump a vender while wearing a Slave Lea outfit. Your own actions speak for themselves ladies. The costume does not give you license to act provocatively with strangers and then cry sexual harassment when they cop a feel. The AVNs conduct themselves with better dignity and maturity, AND THEY ARE PORN STARS!!!

Do conventions need to enforce the “no groping” rules already in place or enact new ones? Yes

Does better security need to be put in place by the convention hosts and hotels? Yes

Do publishing companies need to provide better security for their cosplaying booth girls or guests? Yes

Should cosplayers hire their own body guards or at least travel in groups if they are concerned about harassment? Yes

Should cosplayers police themselves on behavior with convention patrons and enact their own rules for conduct? Yes

Should everybody just calm the fuck down and have a good time at convention? YES

 

Equal but Different

In response to this article on the Huffington Post
Originally Posted on Facebook.

Ok people. Look, here is the truth of the matter:

Women outnumber men in colleges 3 to 1.
Women outnumber men in all the social sciences by roughly 70%-80%.
Women outnumber men in medicine in all fields but one—surgery.
Women outnumber men in much of the biological sciences.

The program to get women into the sciences and medical fields HAS WORKED!!! The problem is, many people don’t see it as a victory until women dominate ALL previously male-held jobs in the sciences There has been a concerted effort over the last thirty years to get women into STEM fields, and no matter how hard they’ve tried, there are certain fields of research that only a handful of women will be interested in. Most of them involve mathematics and engineering. There is nothing wrong with this. There is nothing wrong with women preferring the life sciences over those involving mathematics and logic-based reasoning. It’s not sexism that is keeping women out of these fields, it’s personal choice.

The fact is, any women who wants to enter these fields is give a ton of opportunity. The women who want into these fields ARE in these fields. And the sooner we all can accept that the sexes are equal BUT DIFFERENT the better.

If you want real sexism and injustice against a particular gender try this on for size:

Boys are dropping out of high school at record rates.
The college acceptance and graduation rates of males is plunging to a historic low.
Women out number men in colleges 3 to 1.

Due to the feminist agenda twisting Title IX, men’s athletics programs are being shutdown all over the country, which is denying a lot of minority men a chance at college.
84% of all suicides are men and teenage boys

What the feminists fail to comprehend is that the playing field is level and that women are welcome in all industries. But this isn’t enough. They won’t be satisfied till women rule all fields formerly held largely by men and they are willing to shut down programs, companies, and jobs and sacrifice men in order to achieve their sexist goals of female domination.

Thanks to parity requirements, STEM fields that cannot generate 50% female enrollment are having their funding pull and being shut down. This is greatly contributing to America falling behind in the race for space, green energy, computers, transportation, etc., not to mention the loss of much needed jobs. Remember, this is a field that women largely DON’T WANT to go into, and it’s not for lack of encouragement.

Equality among the sexes means exactly that, equality. And with equality, comes differences. Some people do things better than others. And some groups of people are more prone to going into some fields of study than others. Taking opportunity away from men because you want more women in the sciences is causing more problems than it is fixing. Defunding sports, math, and science programs in schools has shown a marked increase in male unemployment and a severe increase in crime. When people (not just men) don’t have opportunities, they turn to the only options they have left.

Lets put aside this war of the sexes. Lets put aside this bull shit and and just accept that women do some things better than men, and men are better at some things than women. Leave the door of opportunity open to everybody so that anyone who wishes to can participate, and lets make jobs based on ability and talent rather than gender.