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I think it is worth emphasizing that the "Year of Publishing Women" is subtitled "A Provocation". I never read any serious status quo changing manifesto in to that but rather a very clumsy way of generating empathy for the female representation in that world. Not to say that there are not authoritarian feminists but that that particular piece was more rhetorical than earnest.
I'll take your point, even if I'm not immediately convinced by it. I'm obviously biased. However, to me, this article reads as very explicit in its intent ('I would argue that is time for everyone, male and female, to sign up to a concerted campaign to redress the inequality.', 'Why not have a Year of Publishing Women: 2018, the centenary of women over the age of 30 getting the vote in the UK, seems appropriate.').

I also find it interesting that the author herself chooses to put "provocation" in quotation marks further down the article: 'Of course, there will be many details to work out, but the basic premise of my “provocation” is that none of the new titles published in that year should be written by men. I’ve been considering literary fiction so far but other groups within fiction – and non-fiction – publishing could gain from signing up too.'

I've got a couple of short stories that I'm tempted to try to get published somewhere so I've been checking out a few literary websites lately.  Quite a few of them seem to have some kind of positive discrimination policy in place already, particularly American sites. They vary from an insistance on female protagonists, to requests for submissions from female writers or writers from under represented groups.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: The Witcher Series
« on: June 15, 2015, 08:17:46 PM »
The Slavic mythology point in particular doesn't really hold up.  They throw in a few Polish terms and names, but overall the lore of the series is largely the same Tolkien/D&D ripoff that almost every modern fantasy franchise relies on.  This Polish guy agrees with me, so naturally I am going to take his word as gospel:

To clarify, though, I don't personally have a problem with the lack of white people.  I just think that a lot of the excuses that some of the more dedicated fans have come up with to explain why it was very important that there be no non-white people are pretty silly.

Well, this other Polish guy wrote a counter argument to that article.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: The Witcher Series
« on: June 14, 2015, 05:06:45 PM »
Let's talk about the lack of people of color in the game.

Polish game, lack of people of color in Poland.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Narnia
« on: May 01, 2015, 10:25:48 PM »
I read them all as an adult, never read them as a kid. I read them in chronological order, not publication order. As a kid I always thought it had one of the most intriguing titles, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe."  Imagine my surprise when I find out it's just thinly veiled Christian propaganda.


I found it especially odd that Susan rejects Aslon (God) and gets to live while everyone else dies in a horrific train wreck. But then they go to lion-heaven (I guess that's good?), where the dwarves reject God and the main characters run with leaps and bounds to some mountains. Also, someone turns into a dragon at the end of the world to teach us about gluttony. The devil is also almost exclusively represented as a woman which I find sexist.

Wasn't Tash the devil? You know the god that the evil dark skinned hook nosed desert dwellers worshipped...

Gotta admire the dwarfs though. Fuck you Aslan, dwarfs are for dwarfs!

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Gamergate!
« on: April 26, 2015, 03:10:41 PM »
I think there were something like six Literally Whos at one point.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Gamergate!
« on: April 26, 2015, 02:43:11 PM »

And now the government is involved.

I think Zoe Quinn paid for that hearing though. Anybody can speak to congress if they have the money.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Scottish Independence
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:54:01 PM »
Finland has around the same size population as Scotland.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Gamergate!
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:23:46 PM »
When most of the major games websites start talking about making the gaming community more inclusive and then tell most of their core audience to fuck off because they're not wanted any more, you do start to suspect there might be some kind of social justice agenda going on.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Scottish Independence
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:19:10 PM »
I don't see what you are all fussing about. Scotland, and the UK, and the entire Western world, dodged a bullet. If Scotland had voted to leave, what would that have done to the UK's ability to project itself as a power on the world stage? What would have happened in the UN Security Council? How would they have divided the nation's debt? How would Scotland have paid for the NHS, since they don't have a tax base to do it? Without the much more populous England, how can they keep the NHS afloat in Scotland?

How would they have defended themselves? For that matter, would the rest of the UK been weakened as well? Scotland can bleat about N. Sea oil all it wants, but the fact is that there probably isn't as much there as earlier projections said there were. There's only so much money you can make on sheep.

Remember, Scotland has only 8% of the population of the UK. How can they pay for the social welfare state that they like so much? Lets face it. England pays for the social welfare state, both in England, and in Scotland.

I'm not saying that Scotland isn't important. It is. All I'm saying is that they need to use their brains, and it appears they did yesterday, thank God! Britannia remains strong, united, and free.

Population size doesn't translate to higher quality of life. Some of the smallest countries in Europe have great economies, low unemployment etc. San Marino for example.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Gamergate!
« on: September 19, 2014, 11:03:08 AM »
Moot has been assimiliated by the Sarkeesian.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Scottish Independence
« on: September 19, 2014, 10:56:47 AM »
Oh well. Maybe this will lead to increased devolution powers in the UK.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Gamergate!
« on: September 18, 2014, 03:21:35 PM »
It looks like Gamergate is entering the endgame period. The SJWs have conducted a massive smear campaign to discredit all gamers as sexist misogynerds. All Gamergate threads are being deleted by the 4chan moderators. On the other hand the evidence of a conspiracy amongst the gaming websites is growing -

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Scottish Independence
« on: September 18, 2014, 03:14:05 PM »
Most of the British population were in poverty during the Empire period.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Scottish Independence
« on: September 18, 2014, 03:07:56 PM »
International relevance is overrated. Best to be out of the UK and away from the black hole of London.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Mystery of the lost Franklin Expedition
« on: September 09, 2014, 03:57:01 PM »
It looks like one of Sir John Franklin's ships has now been found. The entire expedition went missing in 1845.

Possibly the Terror?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Scottish Independence
« on: September 07, 2014, 09:26:08 PM »
He is our future leader. Tremble in awe.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Scottish Independence
« on: September 07, 2014, 02:30:16 PM »
There's some reports saying that Tory rebels are planning to overthrow David Cameron if Scotland does go independent. Maybe that will pave the way for Boris Johnson becoming PM?

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Gamergate!
« on: September 06, 2014, 11:26:48 AM »
I think if the story was just that Zoe Quinn slept with her boss and a journalist or whoever, then it would have blown over pretty quickly. There don't seem to be many reviews of Depression Quest around anyway. But there was such a massive degree of censorship on forums and websites that people started digging to find out what was going on, and started to uncover some pretty suspicious stuff.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Gamergate!
« on: September 05, 2014, 10:47:23 PM »
Most of the game websites and journalists are focusing on the abuse Quinn is getting, while ignoring the corruption angle.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: ISIS and the Middle East
« on: September 05, 2014, 06:15:25 PM »
Hardly an incentive to desert or surrender.

Might as well stay in IS and fight to the death in that case.

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