gender equality

This Movie Will Pass The Bechdel Test – CH2

This makes me MUCH more relieved. I always felt like I didn’t write female characters well, and I don’t think I ever passed the Bechdel Test for La Tormenta. Mad Max made me feel inadequate and chauvinistic, but this at least puts my mind at ease. A quick check in Wikipedia tells me I definitely passed the sexy lamp test, but I don’t think I passed the Mako Mori test (which is VERY hard to do in a story with a male main character). Oh well, the only way is up, right?

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Matt Taylor’s T-Shirt Controversy

I think these 2 9GAG posts sums it up pretty well. Also, that shirt was made by a female friend for him. And seriously, just because video game and anime women dress somewhat skimpily doesn’t mean that the creators and the consumers are chauvinists. Again, how they dress doesn’t define their character. That’s YOUR argument, by the way, radical feminists.

Radical feminism is less about seeking gender equality, and more about men-bashing. It’s exaggerated, over-the-top bullshit. How does that shirt even drive women away from STEM (Science/Tech/Engineering/Math)? So Kim Kardashian goes fully nude and these feminists don’t say a word about how she’s perpetuating the idea that women are only good if they are naked and beautiful (and Photoshopped)?

(Fuck, I didn’t even want to mention KK, because I’ll be making her even more famous. And we don’t need people like her to be famous. We need people like Malala Yousafzai to be famous.)

I think any woman with two brain cells to rub together will agree that his achievements in getting that probe on the comet should be lauded, and his shirt doesn’t do anything other than tell us he’s a fan of video games. And that if women want to get into STEM, all they have to do is to work hard and prove themselves.

And before any radical feminists slam me for saying that ‘women don’t have to prove themselves, you fucking chauvinist!’, I shall make it clear: everyone has to fucking prove themselves. Man or woman or whichever gender you wish to identify yourself by, you need the necessary education and qualifications to do whatever job you wish to pursue, especially in STEM. If you think there should be a gender quota, or even a race quota, then go to hell. If you’re capable, you get hired. If you’re not, you don’t. That’s true equality. Not some bullshit about how a single gender or race or whatever deserves more because they are in the minority, or society has discriminated against them. I judge everyone by their individual merits, and they can judge me as well. That’s real equality, not the generalisation and stereotyping of people because of their gender, their race, their political views, or whatever the hell the people generalise about.

I can see why people don’t want to associate themselves with the word ‘feminism’. Its core message has been twisted and turned into an ugly, disgusting caricature of itself. And of course, just to prove mine (and many other people, including women’s, point), TIME had to issue an apology over this poll, just because they included the word ‘feminism’ as a candidate to get banned. Well, it bloody well should be banned from use, so its meaning won’t get corrupted any further.

EDIT: I realised that some of my older fanfiction may be considered to have objectified women, and pervaded one-dimensional stereotypes. You know what? I totally agree. I was juvenile, immature and hormonal. Hell, I still am. But as I grew older and learnt more about the world, I realised that that kind of writing is horrendous unless in the context of gag humour (both in terms of the messages it conveys, and the quality of the story). Which is why I’ve endeavoured to try and create complex characters, both male and female, in my current project.

I’m not making excuses for my earlier works. But I’m not going to disown and apologise for them either, because they’ve helped me grow as a writer. If not for the disapproval of my own stories, I won’t be attempting to write something more interesting, more complex, and far better developed. So radical feminists, go ahead and accuse me of being chauvinist. I know myself better than anyone else, and my conscience is clear.

The Most Powerful #YesAllWomen Tweets

As a guy, I can’t empathise because these things don’t happen to me. And Singapore, with its strictness and conservatism, is not really a place where you find regular occurrences of what is mentioned in the #YesAllWomen tweets. Sure, I probably haven’t heard of that many cases anyway, but the news reports the arrest and incarceration of molesters all the time (instead of letting it get brushed off), so I think misogyny’s not a prevalent problem here.

Well, I can be thankful that I have little chance of being an unfortunate bystander when someone lets their madness take over them and goes on some killing spree. I can be thankful my sister won’t be subject to such treatment. I suspect the female classmates I know are probably glad they are in Singapore and not elsewhere, where women are gazed upon with misogynistic eyes.

TIME

In a disturbing, now-removed YouTube video, the suspect in the murder spree near Santa Barbara, Calif. promised his revenge against the women who he says forced him to live “an existence of loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires.”

“You girls have never been attracted to me,” Elliot Rodger, who killed six people before taking his own life, said in the video. “I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it. It’s an injustice, a crime, because… I don’t know what you don’t see in me. I’m the perfect guy and yet you throw yourselves at these obnoxious men instead of me, the supreme gentleman.”

Rodger’s comments inspired an online conversation Saturday around the #YesAllWomen hashtag to criticize the way society teaches men to feel entitled to women at the expense of their health, safety and, in Rodger’s case, lives. Here is a…

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Equality At Last: Teen Boys and Girls Have Similar Views on Sex and Porn

Hurray for gender equality, even though it’s from the uncomfortable topic of porn that conservatives decry. Of course, this is a survey done in Sweden, which is a pretty progressive country by all accounts, so while it’s great for the feminism movement and gender equality, it’s not too surprising to me. Well, we can only hope this sort of sentiment continues to spread.

TIME

Turns out young people have finally realized that both males and females, desire, and care about sex.

Even though teenage boys consume more pornography and think about it more often, a new study that interviewed 800 Swedish 16-year-olds discovered that teen boys and girls fantasize about the same things. Not only that, but teenage girls are more interested in pornography than conventional thinking leads us to believe.

Based on the findings, there are no differences between the number of teen males and females who say their sexual behavior is influenced by pornography in a big way (which, might not be a good thing). Unsurprisingly the teens that do watch pornography have more favorable attitudes towards it in general.

But get this: more than every 10th female who reported watching porn said they watch it less than they’d like. And, the females in the study were more experienced than the…

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