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Friday
Jul252014

What Hercules' Butt and Lindy West Taught Me Today

Hercules by Baccio BandinelliThis morning I came across a Lindy West article on Jezebel, “Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked.” First off, I didn’t know about Lindy West prior to this. Maybe I’m an idiot but, the internet is big.

After reading through the list and laughing, especially at the “bonus butts,” and reminiscing, I stopped myself and thought, “Wait. If this were written by a man about women’s butts, there would be outrage,” even if it is intended to be humorous.

I was going to call Lindy West out for applying a double standard. Sometimes women rage and rant against objectification of women and then, in turn, feel entitled to objectify men. This does nothing to bring awareness and change and, frankly, makes you a hypocrite or someone who likes to scream, “Wolf!” without having discernable convictions.

Writing pieces analyzing my feelings and motives is not my style. I don’t believe anyone wants to read my touchy-feely dribble. Logic and research are my weapons. Context is my mantra. Given that, I decided to research Lindy West and, after doing so, completely changed my mind on calling her out.

You’ll notice my first reaction to her article was to laugh. It was funny. That’s because she’s a comedian, a humorist, with a slice-of-life perspective. Go to her site and read her bio, or watch her videos.

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image.

This brought me around to another peeve I have with the easily-offended crowd. They lose their sense of humor. You can’t even laugh at yourself, the silliness of your sex, or human foibles anymore. And if we really aspire for men to be respectful of women and vice versa, then men should be able to see the humor in women the same way Lindy did in this article about Hercules’ butts. It’s Hercules, people. That’s funny.

Thank you, Lindy, for schooling me today.

Monday
Jul212014

episode 122 - Con*Gregate

This week, Rhonda reports about her experiences at ConGregate, a fan con in Winstom-Salem, North Carolina. Listen to hear all about this great experience! We continue our summer book recommendations based on your vacation destination of choice.

Links

Con*Gregate

Laura Haywood-Cory with Baen Books
Allegra Liana, the Chainmail Chick
Randy Richards, Paul Revere: The Zombies Are Coming
Tricia Barr is FanGirl
Edmund Schubert
Emily Lavin Leverett, editor and author
Janine K. Spendlove
Doc Geressy, The Sci-Fried Eggs show
Larry Correia
Stuart Jaffe
Paula S. Jordan on DarkCargo

SUMMER BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

BEACH

Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (The Blogess) 
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

MOUNTAINS

Grave Witch - An Alex Craft Novel by Kalyana Price 
The Stand by Stephen King

INTERNATIONAL 

The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemingway 
The Bone Woman by Clea Koff

Let us know about any local cons you are attending and your book recommendations for the summer!

Until next time, game on! 
Regina & Rhonda 

Episode 122

Wednesday
Jul162014

Continue?: Bullies, Video Games and the Concept of an Extra Life (Part II)

Author's Note - This series of essays discusses the tribulations I faced as a child and teenager in very explicit detail, and is extremely personal. However, it was very therapeutic to write, and while there are some embarrassing revelations about my youth in the piece, I feel that it is still worth sharing. Also keep in mind that I am not censoring anything that happened to me, so there are very harsh words in this text. For that reason, I will place this behind a jump. I have added images, including some original art I made in Photoshop in high school that, in retrospect, suggest the duality of lives I discuss in the essay was a prevalent thought even back then.

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Monday
Jul142014

episode 121 - Toni Lesatz: MyBookAddiction

This week, we chat with writer, gamer, blogger, and mom, Toni Lesatz from My Book addiction. We have a great chat about writing, gaming, and website promotions. 

LINKS

GameFly
Goodreads
Sewer Shark
Into the Dead
Zombie Gunship

For Toni Lesatz: MyBookAddiction
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Google+
Instagram
Pinterest
Twitter
Youtube

SUMMER BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

BEACH

Blood Sucking Fiends by Christopher Moore
Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel
 by Dean Koontz
Extra Credit by Nina Post

MOUNTAINS

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris 
Moon Called
 by Patricia Briggs
Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle

INTERNATIONAL

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak

Until next time, game on! 
Regina & Rhonda 

Episode 121

Friday
Jul112014

Continue?: Bullies, Video Games and the Concept of an Extra Life (Part I)

Author's Note - This series of essays discusses the tribulations I faced as a child and teenager in very explicit detail, and is extremely personal. However, it was very therapeutic to write, and while there are some embarrassing revelations about my youth in the piece, I feel that it is still worth sharing. Also keep in mind that I am not censoring anything that happened to me, so there are very harsh words in this text. For that reason, I will place this behind a jump. I have added images, including some original art I made in Photoshop in high school that, in retrospect, suggest the duality of lives I discuss in the essay was a prevalent thought even back then.

Click to read more ...

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