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2014 becomes 2015


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It’s New Years Eve, and while I thought about doing a 2014 in review today and yesterday, the topics made me rather tired.  My planned topics were to discuss Ferguson and GamerGate, but I really didn’t want to talk about whiney piss babies who complain that they can’t get laid while policing the sexuality of all women.  Plus, discussing police brutality just made me very tired.  I mean, exhausted.

So here we are, one last day in 2014 before the new year rolls over from the old.  We’re time traveling forward into the future just as expected; one second at a time.

2014 brought us a lot of things that were really great, but 2014 also brought on a lot of things that really sucked and were truly awful.  The aforementioned GamerGate was a prime example.  GamerGate, like many organized protests of it’s like, was the worst planned thing, made under the absolute worst intentions.  A group of guys who can’t stand that a woman had sex, then has her game reviewed in a rather positive light (by the guy she had sex with, apparently).  Oh, and naturally it all began with the woman’s ex-boyfriend.  That entire thing is the beginning opus of GamerGate.  There was no call for any sort of ethics in journalism (and even that three word phrase is not entirely true, as it was ethics in game journalism) to take place when the first complaints were about a woman having sex.  Really, who cares.

Another awful thing was what happened in Ferguson, and continued to domino right up until the last week.  Police officers killing young men.  I should add, they were all young black men, and in some cases, black boys.  Children.  Many of the victims were still in their teens.  It’s shocking for me because when a person is tasered in Canada, there’s a huge public inquiry.

However, this is the last day of 2014, and here is a list of things I would hope that comes about.

  • An end to the war on women.
  • An to treating other countries as a place where really bad things happen.  Because they happen here too.
  • An end to Men’s Rights Activism.  It’s pointless and does nothing.  MRAs only exist to derail actual conversations.
  • An end to right wing extremism.  Right wing extremism is a puss on society, and ends up hurting everyone.

These are merely things I would hope to see happen.  There’s a lot of things I would love to see, but that would take some time to think about and list them all here.  I do have two New Years resolutions, however.

  1. Stop reading the comments on internet sites and Youtube videos.
  2. Get that book going.

Happy New Year, everyone.

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Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Life, randomness

 

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2014: In Review – Representation


2014 has been a mixed bag when it comes to representation.  By that, I’m talking about the representation of visible minorities and those who have different sexual orientations.  I say it’s a mixed bag due to the fact that it hasn’t been exactly the best year for such things.

We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of really good authors, both up and coming and some long time authors, make big strides in writing books and putting characters into them that do represent people of colour, women of colour, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  So we’ve got a good representation there.  But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows.

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Books, while good, aren’t visual catching.  Comic books, Television and movies, on the other hand, are pretty in your face when it comes to representation.  And this year has been pretty whitewashed, male, and heterosexual.  In other words, the same bland crap we’ve received all the time in the medium.  There have been strides, however.  The excellent tumblr blog DC Women Kicking Ass has gone out of it’s way to showcase good comics (not just from DC) that not only feature women, but a diverse range of women.  Storm came out this year, Ms Marvel had a great run this year, doulby good considering the book is about a Pakistani American teenager.  Captain Marvel, and others.  Marvel Comics has done well with their stable, but that doesn’t mean there’s still some flaws there.  It took them a while to finally announce a female lead movie in Captain Marvel, but the fanbase is still waiting on one for Black Widow.  And it hasn’t been sunshine and rainbows for female lead books, there’s been some cancellations, such as the Fearless Defneders, for example.

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Meanwhile, the Distinguished Competition hasn’t been doing much better.  Trying to follow in Marvel’s footsteps, they’ve announced a great deal of movies that are forthcoming with Wonder Woman being in the mix.  How it’s going to turn out is unknown at this point in time.  But at the comic book level, things haven’t been doing so well.  Female lead books aren’t doing well.  One of the best written books is being cancelled after a hack kneed decision of making sure superheroes don’t lead happy lives was announced.  Batwoman won’t get married, and to add insult to injury, the current writing team (who replaced the original writing team) decided a kidnapping and rape would have been a great story arch to the series.  There’s also the Huntress, both Wayne and Bertinelli.  Helena Wayne was essentially stuffed in a refridgerator, and Helena Bertinelli is hardly recognizable as the daughter of a mob boss anymore.  One good light is that the Secret Six is back, written by the pre-52 creator Gail Simone.

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Outside of the big two, there’s been other promising titles, such as Bitch Planet written by Kelly Sue Deconnick.  So, there’s some progress, but it’s painfully slow.  Here’s hoping 2015 picks up the pace a bit.

This is a screen capture from Dreamworks Prince of Egypt.  Which was a superior film than Exodus: Gods and Kings.

This is a screen capture from Dreamworks Prince of Egypt. Which was a superior film than Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Movies haven’t exactly been great either.  The biggest disappointment was Exodus: Gods and Kings, where every character is portrayed by a white person which is strange for a region that is predominantly filled with brown skinned people.  And to those who say that white Europeans were traveling around, think again.  It was Middle Eastern and South East Asian people (Arabic, North African, Pakistani and East Indian) who developed the Silk Road.   The movie didn’t do well at all at the box office, and one comment said it all.  For people of colour, don’t think of Exodus: Gods and Kings as a missed opportunity but as a bullet dodged.

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It isn’t all bad, though.  We’ve had a lot of really great discussions and education with people who have been working hard to turn the old stereotypes on their heads.  Laverna Cox and Janet Mock, along with Laura Jane Grace have been really working hard to show that transgender people are just everyday ordinary people.  And that there is a huge difference that comes up in interviews with transgender people as opposed to cisgender people.  There’s differences in the interviews with gay and lesbian people than there is with hetero people.

And there year did come to a close with a picture perfect ending.

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The Nick cartoon, Legend of Korra ended on a bang of a hote, as the finale for Book four showed something incredible.  For the first time in a kids cartoon (in recent memory, at least, and completely visible), Korra walked off into the sunset (spirit portal) with Asami, marking a same sex relationship.  This was confirmed by series co-creator Bryan Konietzko:

You can celebrate it, embrace it, accept it, get over it, or whatever you feel the need to do, but there is no denying it. That is the official story. We received some wonderful press in the wake of the series finale at the end of last week, and just about every piece I read got it right: Korra and Asami fell in love. Were they friends? Yes, and they still are, but they also grew to have romantic feelings for each other.

The only downside to all of this, is that it’s taken so long.  We’re almost at 2015, and we’re still fighting to have proper representation in books, comics, movies, and television.  We made some gains, but there was an equal number of failures and fumbled balls.  Hopefully, 2015 will see more major wins as far as representation goes.

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2014 in Fun, Life, randomness

 

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2014 in review: Team Canada Gold In Sochi


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Among the horrible conditions, the rampant worry about Russia’s stand on LGBTQ+ rights, and the overall feeling in the Olympics as a whole, there still was sports to be played, events to witness and history to see.  In the end, Canada came away third in the medal standings with 10 gold, 10 silver and 5 bronze.  Russia was first with 13 gold, 11 silver and 9 brozne and Norway came in second in the medal standings with 11 gold, 5 silver and 10 bronze medals.

But the showcase for Canada was capped off with the game everyone was waiting for.  In the gold medal game, Canada played Sweden for hockey supremacy.

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The Canadians beat the Sweds 3-0 to take the gold medal.  Four years before, Team Canada beat the Americans on an overtime winner from Sidney Crosby in Vancouver.

Team Canada WomenEarlier in the Olympic schedule, Team Canada’s women beat the Americans in an overtime thriller, 3-2 to take the gold medal.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2014 in Life, randomness, Sports, video

 

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