On “Content” and “Consumers”

This video nails it. I just started to seriously pursue establishing my writing platform, to get known and liked and have people care about the things I write. The things I say.

Because I love to create.

Because I want to entertain.

But being at the bottom of a very, very, very large pole of established online “content”, it is feeling overwhelmingly hard to even bother. I want to set myself apart. I want to be something I have created. But I feel like all I can do is keep throwing more and more content out there, hoping to cause a small ripple in the sea of white noise. Maybe, if I write enough one-shot, forgettable but short-timed entertaining content, someone, somewhere will notice me.

Maybe not.

Watch this video. Think about it. The Internet is what’s entertaining us the most, every waking our of our lives these days. People–real people with hearts and brains and skepticism and faith and diversity and strength and sorrows are creating every bit and byte you consume–no–everything you enjoy. That moves you to tears. That makes you smile. That urges to explore.

That connects you, even if just for a brief moment, with the person on the other end creating these powerful little bits and bytes.

Support the art. Support the thing you love.

Share, like, subscribe, yell the IP off a fucking rooftop.

Just a quick note on the side

I’ver received a spam comment or two about how these women playing the victim role and blah blah blah and both sides are being treated badly and more blah blah blah and something about youtube videos telling me how feminism is poising (caps included) EVERYTHING.*

Well. People bully on the internet. But I don’t recall any ladies out there threatening a fellow male (and their relatives) with rape and murder. 

Empowering feminism is a win-win for (caps included) EVERYONE. It enables men to pursue lifestyle choices that are perfectly fine, but labeled as “Woman-work” or “Girly” (or even such things as “gay”). 

Life isn’t equal. The threats aren’t equal. Frankly, women could go out and threaten and rape and murder other men to balance the scales. Instead, they chose to research the root-cause and speak up about it. Instead of feeding the symptoms, they make aware of the cause. 

 

That’s all. 

Thanks.

 

 

 

*Those comments were made with one-time accounts, long since deleted. These “real men” are hiding behind walls and anonymity. They don’t have the “real balls” to show their fucking face when they make their accusations. Good job representing our gender. Cowards. 

Women on the internet. Or: What the actual fuck?

Here’s another view on the current hate against women on the internet. Seriously, I urge everyone to read it. To understand it. To do their own research and form an opinion that’s open and honest. The internet is meant to connect the world, to bring everyone together. To share and enjoy. To not only exclude, but pushing away women, is madness. People responsible are not only those threatening, but also all of us who do not speak up, don’t look into the issue, and aren’t passionate about supporting those that deserve it. Need it. Internet bullying turns into violent threats. Threats of rape. Of murder. Against the targets and against their families. Read those articles. Listen to these women.

And this (also linked in the article below) is the threats this brave woman received. Warning: mature and disturbing content: 

https://twitter.com/femfreq/status/504718160902492160/photo/1

Don’t cry out about, “But not all men are …”. No. They aren’t. But this is not about men. This is about women and violence against them. Don’t make the women yet another object in a talk about men as subject. Violent, cultural norms against women are the subject of the debate. I don’t care if you are a good guy. If you are: stand up and speak out. Call out the assholes. The psychopaths. The haters. Be a real man. For the sake of your mother. Or your wife. Or sister. Or daughter. Or co-worker. Or friend. Women are everywhere. They should not be afraid of men, but feel the same safety and generosity they’re willing to share with us. Equality and all that.

Anyone believing this is not as bad as it is needs to reconsider their position. Reconsider their involvement with the issue of violence against women. This happening online is just the modern projection of misogynistic hate-crimes. From male entitlement that a woman “owes something” to them, to the statements of men (and other women) that woman who gets raped “must have deserved it”. Don’t believe me. Please. Look it up. Look into it. I dare you.

This is ludicrous. Women are (spoiler warning) People. People like any other human being. Treat them with respect. Treat people as people, not as gender or race of faith.

If this level of hate is reached from talking about video games, what do you think will happen when women speak about real-world issues, such as politics, religion, war and money? How far will this go? How far are you willing to let it go?

If you feel the need to be “a real man”, be a fucking real man and support those that to ought to be supported. Don’t hate against them. Don’t get angry or offended by the too-obvious truth.

This is happening.

Do not look away.

Speak up.

Overcoming Object Love: How to Write Female Leads Who Are People (by Robbie Blair)

Link to Article: Overcoming Object Love: How to Write Female Leads Who Are People by Robbie Blair

Quote:

And my favorite has to be Joss Whedon‘s response, as re-told at an Equality Now address:

Interviewer: So, why do you write these strong female characters?

Whedon: Because you’re still asking me that question.

This Article on Writing Female Leads That Are People is a great read for those trying to get away from the stereotype surrounding female characters–lead or not.

I’m not going to write a huge article about the article, just me thoughts after reading it and a personal experience regarding the topic.

In a nutshell, it’s about taking away the object from the character (male or female), and putting a real person in the writing. I think it’s a worth-while read, because it is important to get away from generalizing people based on gender, ethnic background, faith or what-not. People are people, first and foremost. 

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