Tearjerkers

My emotions today have reached a heretofore unprecedented level of sappiness.  I kid you not, as of 1:30pm Pacific time, I have cried over three different things I have seen online.  I’ve decided to share them with you here.

First up is Anita Sarkeesian’s TEDx talk, where she discusses the potential psychology behind the cybermob that attacked her so viciously over her Tropes vs. Women kickstarter project.

I teared up at the end.  Male and female video game characters pander so excessively to the heterosexual male fantasies that it leaves little room for those of alternate genders or sexual orientations to also indulge in the fantasy.  I love playing video games.  Love it.  But just once, I’d like to see a female character that isn’t weak, or aggressively sexualized.  Am I really asking too much when I ask to play a female character who isn’t wearing a chainmail bikini over the balloons on her chest?

And then there’s this picture.

That is Dan Savage (one of my personal heroes, though we disagree from time to time) and his longtime partner Terry, getting their marriage certificate signed in Washington state.  I wept like a baby.  I am so happy that my home state has made same sex marriage legal.

Finally, the fact that this is an actual film that will be shown at SXSW 2013 did me in.

I am so very excited for this film.  Wonder Woman is a personal favorite superhero of mine (and really, she should be for anyone else too!).  I recently read The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines, and the entire premise of this movie ratcheted my geekcitement up to 11.  I’m interested to see how the filmmakers will compare with the author of The Supergirls.

Has anything touched your heart today?  Maybe made you squee a little?  Share your excitement with me in the comments below!

Posted on December 6, 2012, in Book Reviews, Feminism, LGBTQ and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I’d just like to point out that the oversexualized videogame characters are also unappealing to sane straight guys.

    • My boss (not my boss for Nice Girls, obviously) would consider himself a sane straight guy, and he was pretty vehement in his “don’t change my chainmail bikinis!” outrage. But it makes me happy to see men who don’t subscribe to the idea that this is at all okay. Thank you!

  2. Have you seen this piece on the difference between men’s portray and women’s portrayal in gaming? It’s awesome, and explains sexual versus power fantasies.

    http://www.doctornerdlove.com/2012/01/nerds-and-male-privilege-part-2/all/1/

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