Entries in gender (4)

Friday
Mar292013

NNN Episode 105 - Review of Whitechapel Gods

 



Topics: Every Star Trek Series available for free on Hulu until April, Gender Through Comics online course starts next week, controversy around Adria Richards. Nosy Nerd Corner with Jamie, and a review of the book Whitechapel Gods [Download MP3]

Don't forget to submit your questions for the next Nosy Nerd Corner with DeAna.

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Sunday
Apr222012

LGB(me)

I work for an LGBT bookstore/adult novelty shop in Atlanta. I was hired to work on their inventory management but also as a way to add representation for the trans community in a traditionally Gay area that is dominated by small, fit attractive young white males. There is nothing inherently wrong with pretty young twinks being everywhere. I like that they have an area to go to where they can be themselves with no need to feign hetero-normative behavior. The thing is that Atlanta is awesome because of it's diverse LGBT community. There is really only one bar in the city where noses are in the air and you will be ignored unless you look like you just walked off a photo shoot. All of the rest are super casual and welcoming. I've partied with the Bears at the Atlanta Eagle, the Country guys at the Heratic and even with the more “urban” set at Bulldogs. While I've gotten my share of ignorant questions, there has never been any malice thrown my way.
The thing that I find the most surprising about the community's attitude towards me is that Gay men have a bigger problem with my Gender expression than Lesbians have with my male physiology. I am extremely early in my transition. The only treatment that I have undergone is psychological counseling, so I am 100% physically male at the present. Now, this would make one, or at least me, think that a Gay man would be more interested in me than a Lesbian woman since how I view myself would be little more than background noise once the clothes come off but It seems that Gender Identity counts for quite a bit more than one would expect. Inversely, most Lesbians that I speak to view my body as little more than details. Yes, while things are by no means perfect for me, I am very blessed to live in a place like this. In fact, the more I write, the more mundane, I realize that my life must sound but like my previous post, I am giving an outline. There will be plenty of time later to go into my brushes with the BDSM community, my dating attempts or even the 21” forearm dildo that we sell at work (complete with hand). My entries will be a nice mix of Gaming rants, musical snobbery and real life bullshit. I'll try and avoid the sob stories of fucked up childhoods that are always plastered all over the testimonies of other Trannys as I really think that everyone gets to adulthood differently and what really matters is how you go to war with the army you got.

Later Peoples.

Saturday
Apr142012

Abusing Gamers For Being Different = FAIL

This post also appeared at The Digitized Ramblings Of An 8-Bit Animal

Friday
Oct142011

Why Is There A Powder Keg Under Poison's Skirt?

With the announcement of the character roster for Capcom's latest crossover fighting game, Street Fighter X Tekken, one particular character caught my attention, not because I was extra excited about that character's presence, but because I knew the powder keg her addition could be. The character I speak of is Poison, the low-level Final Fight enemy who became a big deal when Capcom's amazing mishandling of her origin story emerged. Now, I'm not writing this post to defend or attack any position on any part of this discussion, mainly because Poison is what she is: a low-level enemy that for all accounts should have been buried in the annals of video game history like Ash from the import version of Streets Of Rage 3 or King from the Art of Fighting series.

For those who don't know about this issue, I will attempt to shed some light. When Capcom was preparing to release Final Fight in the American market, Capcom decided that American gamers would take offense to beating up a female enemy ( this is even stranger considering that Linda was a prominent female enemy in Double Dragon, which was released years earlier). They then made the ingenious decision to alter the character's origin and state that she was indeed born a boy who idolized another female character named Roxy, and thus began to dress like her. Later on the story changed more to say that Poison was not only a young boy who dressed like a woman, but that Poison was full on transgender.

This shouldn't matter, but first Capcom made it an issue, then folks who decided it was an issue made it one. Anyone who has paid attention to the video game industry knows that Japanese developers tend to not treat any minority group very well. Hell, American developers don't that well of a job either, but my point isn't to point fingers. We all remember the backlash that Capcom faced with their portrayal of African people in Resident Evil 5, and how other developers have stumbled around gender and race issues over the years. At the end of the day though, video games aren't the best environments to try to start a conversation about discrimination, especially after a game has been released.

I propose that folks who take issue with these issues contact the developers directly, or if you'd rather not waste the keystrokes required to search for and send an email, just don't buy their games. We all see how things change in world when an entity suffers losses to their bottom line, so that may work. In the end though, the same way comics still have a way to go as far as the way they deal with certain issues, video games do as well, and simply yelling about what you don't like instead of starting a discussion about what can change it won't make the problem better, it'll simply add "angry" to the stereotype pile.