On Trans Porn

Butterfly WomanSo, as I may have mentioned, I now work in a porn store. As you might imagine, we have a section of DVDs dedicated to transgender actresses, labeled as “shemale” porn. As you might imagine, I have some mixed views on this, so let me discuss them in detail.

First off, I fully support that there is an industry of porn for trans women to star in. As the rules of the internet tell us, if it exists out there, there is porn of it (rule 34), and if there isn’t porn of it, then it will be created (rule 35). We are already going to be fetishized, no matter what, so if there are those who want to make money off of that industry who happen to be trans, such as the actresses, then I fully support them. At the same time, I will admit to being made uncomfortable with it on a regular basis, just based on the level of fetishization that occurs, including on the boxes. Continue reading

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Is Japan Racist? An Answer to Gaijin Goombah

QuestionSo, I’ve made it no secret that I watch a lot of YouTube channels like Extra Credits (I even helped pay for Alison’s surgery when they asked for help a while back), Game Theory, Culture Shock, and so on. Recently, I was watching a video over on Gaijin Goombah’s channel where he was talking about the recent outrage over Overwatch’s skins, with them being accused of being a form of cultural appropriation. While he made some good points in that video that I agree with, I’ve also disagreed with him on many issues in the past. Linked in that video was one from back in June where he tried to tackle the question of if anime (and by extension, Japan) is racist. He makes a lot of good points, and I’ll link the video below, but this is an example of one of those times when I disagree with him. Continue reading

How an Obscure 90s Anime is Still One of the Most Progressive Shows Around

animeThis post is coming a bit later than I’d hoped, but I am making a post this week as promised. I will get back to my once a week schedule, and hopefully, eventually back to twice a week. Now, I know there’s been a lot going on in the news, most of it having to do with the elections, but I neither feel like discussing that, nor do I feel like most of you want to hear more about it. It’s scary. So instead, I decided I would discuss a more lighthearted issue today: 90s anime. Now, by American standards, I’m probably not considered otaku anymore, though by Japanese standards, I might be, but not for anime. That said, I do love me some good anime, and I actually learned a lot of Japanese from watching anime when I was younger. In the rare hours between working, sleeping, and school (got an A in one course confirmed already, and the other is likely to also be an A, just waiting on the final to be graded), I’ve been rewatching a series I loved as a kid back in the 90s: Yu Yu Hakusho. Continue reading

Diversity in Heroes

Butterfly WomanSorry for the late post, but I couldn’t sleep last night and ended up sleeping most of the afternoon and evening instead.

Hero stories, whether powered superheroes or just unpowered vigilantes, have always been a great medium for discussing diversity issues. Sometimes, this is very anvilicious, such as with the X-Men as a whole being a metaphor for various civil rights movements since their inception. Other times, it’s less so, such as Captain America or Superman sticking up for everyone, no matter who they are (though sometimes even those can get anvilicious). That’s one of the joys of these stories, they’re always able to promote actual human rights discussions without being blatantly about that topic.
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The Makings of the Magic

golden-watch-gears-31074-1920x1080Yesterday, I finished by stating that I had already covered the arguments against the option for a same-sex couple option for the beginning of Fallout 4 via the lore within the games, the history of the games themselves, and the technology within the games. I then asked if you could guess what I would be covering today. If you guessed the mechanics and marketing for the game, you were right. Everyone else, you fail, but keep reading, because this is, in my opinion, the real reason this is an issue. Continue reading

Tech Growth in Alternate Timelines

Burning BridgeSo, yesterday, I talked about one half of the major argument people make against their being an option for same-sex couples at the start of Fallout 4, namely that with the 1950s aesthetic, the culture wouldn’t allow for it. Having shot that argument down, let’s get to work shooting down the other half of their argument: the story. See, Fallout 4 takes a similar stance to Fallout 3 in the character creation process, but is instead the flip-side of the coin. Instead of being the kid, and your chosen adult look affects how your dad (the major driving force for the main story) will look as in FO3, FO4 has your appearance changes affecting how your son, Shaun, will look in the future. Continue reading

1950s Style, 2070s Values

Press_Fallout4_Trailer_DeathclawAs some of you may have guessed, I’m off from classes all week so I’m doing Fallout related posts every day. Good times for all. Today, I want to tackle another major argument that people often have in response to the outcry over the forced heterosexual opening. Specifically, I want to address the 1950s aesthetic that is prevalent in the Fallout universe, and more importantly, why that argument doesn’t extend to the values of the people in the 2070s leading up to the apocalypse. Continue reading