I'm reblogging this quote for truth. When I started becoming aware of systemic injustice is when I started being held at even more of a distance. My family and church didn't know what to do with me, and could only tell me to "stop reading those things." Individual people would come up and thank me, sometimes, after I spoke up on others' behalf in Institute, or tried to make sure that someone was okay. But to anyone who had any kind of power or privilege in White Mormon culture, I vanished except as an annoyance.
On the plus side, most White Mormon people are kind of boring anyway, except when their scandals show up in the newspaper. Being around other trans women and "woke" friends has been very good for me.
(About the word "woke:" Arinn notes that it has been appropriated by white people to mean "sensitive and aware," when it was originally used by black people to mean "alert to potential danger." She discusses the need for such a term, in a society that's even more hostile to people with black skin than it is to me personally.)
Be sure to turn off all the lights from 8:30 to 9:30 PM in your time zone, today, unless doing so would be unsafe.
Also, feel free to tune in or subscribe to our Twitch channel! We'll be streaming at 8 PM Central. It's a little bare-bones right now, but we're archiving our Fate/EXTRA streams under "Videos" and our viewers usually get lively discussions and character speculation going.
Did you know our entire streaming setup (a fanless laptop, a capture card, and a PSTV) uses barely any power? We're doing our part to save energy ~
EDIT: Turns out we're actually getting started closer to 8:45 PM Central. Whoops! Don't forget to turn out the lights ~
We've already cleared Tamamo's route, so we're streaming New Game+ with a different Legendary Soul, an imperious swordswoman in a red dress. Who was she when she was alive? Who knows! The Fate series likes to genderbend, so that alone doesn't narrow it down.
May contain fanservice, bisexual flirting, existential horror, and brutal emotional violence. Also, we swear sometimes and cough a lot.
It's an enchanting game where you explore a wondrous land ... that has monsters coded as "tribal" and "indigenous" in the way they dress and build dwellings.
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Don't get me wrong, Zelda games have always had problematic stuff in them. Like the Gerudo. But like, the main "generic enemies" throughout most of the series, the Moblins, are portrayed as fully-sapient professional soldiers. Sometimes silly ones, as in Wind Waker, but soldiers nonetheless, who are part of an occupying army. And who are moral actors capable of making their own choices, like the ones in the original Legend of Zelda who aid Link in secret.
Is no one else bothered by this? ^^;;;; Because it looks like a gorgeous game, but I really can't get past this, and it seems like no one I follow has even noticed. If they talk about the indigenous-coded monsters at all, it's to say how the game lets you kill them in creative ways.
... on the plus side, it did give us shirtless Link.
Content note: Political violence, physical violence, and why I feel using the latter to combat the former will get us all killed. Or at least, all of us whose bodies are politicized.
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If you're an abled white man, we don't need you to punch Nazis for us. The Nazis can and will take out their anger on more vulnerable targets. What we need is for you to pick one of the battles we're waging, and use your power and privilege to shield us. Either give what we need to keep fighting, or find out where the line of fire is and get in the way. In MMO terms, we're cycling DoTs on the raid boss, but we need you to heal, buff, and tank for us.
(MMORPGs are a much better lens to view a group struggle through than solo shooter / adventure games, because anyone who's worked with seventeen other people to clear Dynamis knows what happens when someone refuses to listen, or makes the run all about them.)
Nazis talk tough and collect firearms, but they're fucking cowards. All bullies are. Just look at how scared they are of trans, female, and/or PoC bodies, let alone yours! If you make it clear you oppose them, you don't need to throw punches to get them to back down. Most of the time, all you need to do is tell them to fuck off. Just make sure we're okay, afterwards, and that you listen when we say what we need.
Content note: Money, and shiny personal electronics which may be unattainable for many readers.
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We're okay with getting fewer things, if the ones that we have make us feel better about ourself and our place in the world. And we're okay with Alias buying us electronics, or with saving up for expensive devices, if they last us a long time and delight us the entire way.
This is just a quick note to let everyone know that
- We're back from Calgary, and
- We haven't sorted vacation photos yet!
Stay tuned for photos, and also an update on the DW SU RP we were planning before the trip (and before destroying our laptop)!
So I'm on vacation in Calgary with alias-pseudonym for all of next week, and at one of the smaller games stores we found a set of Frostgrave treasure tokens! These represent the valuables which the players must try to recover.
We picked up some paints, brushes, and non-spray primer, and these are the results so far:
( Picture! )
So that's the story of how I went to Canada, and my partner gave me Frostbite. \ ^^ /