feminism

The Difference between Having a Choice and Making a Choice

As of lately I notice how “It’s their choice” is often used to wrap up a debate. Like, we don’t need to discuss this because it’s people’s own choice. Or, this problematic behaviour is okay as long as people do it out of free will and are not forced to do so. I think that’s not right and is brushing off the discussion way too flippantly. A choice is made…


Babushka

Babushka. It’s probably one of the better known Russian words outside Russia. And let’s set this straight first: it’s NOT the wooden doll that fitst three smaller versions of itself inside. That’s a matryoshka, a babushka is a grandmother. Grandmothers have a prominent role in Russian (and generally Slavic) culture and society. In eastern Europe it’s a lot less common for older people to move to retirement homes or receive…


Red Dead Reactionary

Last Sunday, Rockstar Games teased the reveal of their next game. In the days that followed it quickly turned out to be a sequel to their megahit Red Dead Redemption. Yesterday (Thursday the 20th) they released a trailer. Apart from a lot of enthusiastic reactions, we also noticed a few sceptical comments. This is regarding representation of women, both in this game and in Rockstar Games in general. There was…


Play Like a Girl – Against Modern Football

The last few weeks this GIF surfaced once again on various social networks like Tumblr and Twitter. It shows a glaring look into the distorted world of top tier professional football (soccer) and the strange behaviours therein that many already have internalised and accepted as the norm. First and foremost of course, the images are meant to combat sexism. It shows a contrast to the stereotype of delicate, vulnerable women and…


Feminism and Me(n)

Can a man be feminist? Should a man be feminist? Does a man need feminism? Ask these questions in any random group of people and I can guarantee you get more than a dozen different answers. Along with questions in return that will dig even deeper into both the theoretical essence and the practical implementation of feminism. Are men suppose to use their privilege to aid the feminist movement? Should…


This Is Not For Us

A few weeks ago a female friend of mine was describing her experiences with Duke Nukem Forever. She was familiar with the chauvenist nature of the game and the bad ratings it received, but as a fan of the older releases and first person shooters in general, she decided to give it a try. For a good part of the game she thought it wasn’t actually that awful, and still…