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Wednesday
Apr022014

Rape Culture 101: Pop Culture – Books and Literature (Part 8)

(Editor's Note: trigger warning for this series - rape and violence) One of the 'fun' things about rape culture is that it tends to weasel its way into almost every aspect of our society and our media. It’s not just movies, music, and public figures who seem okay advocating rape. There are books that do it too. (Thankfully, though, these examples are much harder to come by.)

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Tuesday
Apr012014

Episode 107 - Titanfall and TMG

Game on Girl Reaches New Heights - 39,000 feet!

This week, Chris and Kelly from The Married Gamers join Regina and Mark to discuss the new first person shooter, Titanfall. After reading Susan Ardent's article, "Why TItanfall's Trailer Made Me Emotional," we were very interested in the game and its representations of gender. Chris and Kelly share their insight and experiences within the game. Are you playing Titanfall? What are your thoughts about the game and the female soldiers? 

Then we WRaP up the show with what we are Watching, Reading, and Playing. Tune in to hear our latest obsessions. Let us know yours in the comments.  

International Tabletop Day is April 5th! Regina and Isabela will be at Cloud Cap Games in Portland, OR and Chris and Kelly will be at the Crazy Squirrel in Fresno, CA. Make sure to check out the events at your local game store and join in the festivities! 

Until next time, Game On!
Regina and Mark, filling in for Rhonda

Episode 107

Friday
Mar282014

The Need for Gender Equality in Video Games, Inside and Out: Part 2

Note: This was originally written for my WRI 105 class for an essay prompt asking "How Shall We Live?" For an article, I have included supplementary illustrations and made some further additions. This article is filled with explicit language, much of it sexual in nature and could result in triggers for some readers. However, I feel that the harshness must be shared in order for people to see what women have to experience in the gaming industry. Due to some of the language and imagery below, I will force a jump.

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Monday
Mar242014

Episode 106 - Welcome Back Grab Bag

The Doc returns to the show from a brief hiatus and there are lots of topics to discuss. Mark joins Regina and Rhonda to discuss the Ban Bossy campaign promoting leadership in girls. Does one word have major impact on how kids view themselves?

Our hosts also take on the Star Trek spin-off Enterprise. Does Enterprise Suck or Succeed? Do you think our hosts agree or disagree on this topic? Listen to find out!

Leave us your ideas on the use of "bossy" and your thoughts on Enterprise.

Until next time, game on!
Regina & Rhonda & Mark

Episode 106

Tuesday
Mar182014

Rape Culture 101: Pop Culture – TV & Film (Part 7)

(Editor's Note: trigger warning for this series - rape and violence) We've got a lot to cover this week, so let's jump right in, shall we? Rape and assault in a less-than-condemning light is pretty common in movies and TV shows, and has been for decades. Here are examples I have found in which rape or expressions of non-consent are either dismissed or portrayed in a positive or comedic way.

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