Tag Archives: gender ambiguity

How the other side lives (and the other side is me)

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(Content warning: harassment, misogynistic slurs.)

This is not another personal account of pervasive sexual harassment on the internet.

All the same, I need to put a few things in context. A couple days ago I noticed a Twitter troll was harassing several women including GameSpot writer Carolyn Petit and those he found standing up for her. I tweeted a link to Twitter’s report form for abusive users and attached a screencap of one of the things he’d said. After 50 or so retweets (thanks), he found me, and began an off-and-on assault of tweets calling me a slut, saying I would feature in an anal sex minigame in the next Grand Theft Auto, and announcing he would kill me and get his money back from my apparent prostitution services.

This is the first time I have experienced this.

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Beautiful Escape Dungeoneer: On Gender Ambiguity in a Binary Paradigm

Reposted from PopMatters Moving Pixels.

Note: Beautiful Escape: Dungeoneer features disturbing themes including abduction, torture, mutilation and rape. Read with caution.

Whatever else may be said about Beautiful Escape: Dungeoneer, it’s an experience which sticks with you. I don’t ascribe this to good writing so much as a great hook with tolerable writing supporting it, but if there is one area where the narrative and characterization grabbed me utterly, and put me at odds with the reviews for the game I had encountered, it’s in the character Daily.

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