Tolerating bigotry is a death sentence

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“To learn who rules over you,” a famous figure once said, “simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

Impassioned “pro-free speech” conservatives claim the quote comes from François-Marie Voltaire. But they’re off by a little over 200 years. The phrase actually originates from a 1993 essay by white supremacist Kevin Alfred Strom, who proudly declared the Jewish people are those exempt from criticism. It’s a classic fascist sleight of hand: claim victimhood, project supremacy onto the marginalized, and fool liberals into thinking your voice is being silenced. And it works. …


A look at Natasha Vargas-Cooper’s “Womanhood Redefined”

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via Trans Girl Next Door & SFWeekly

As trans women are ought to do, I’ve been thinking a lot about bodies recently. More particularly, the social taboos of transitioning or transitioned bodies, and the ways in which society ties trans people at the hip to their assigned at birth sexes.

Freelance writer Natasha Vargas-Cooper recently published an article in The American Conservative called “Womanhood Redefined.” The article, which has been spread subtly and not-so-subtly among liberal and left circles, kicked up a storm after Jacobin editorial board member Connor Kilpatrick allegedly hinted that the article was “very good and obviously true.” …


Games can be stressful. But interactive fiction thinks about game design in a new light.

[This essay was funded through Patreon under the ZEAL project. ZEAL aims to provide high quality criticism of rarely discussed games and comics, and showcase the talents of exciting new writers and artists. For details and information on how to donate, please check out our Patreon!]

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When you first start going to therapy, one thing they don’t tell you about mood disorders is how they seep into your everyday life, poisoning the things you love. They rob you of your energy to read books, listen to music, play games, try new things. You start to hate the stuff you love. …


As it turns out, your mileage may vary.

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Dingus.

I like the idea of Pride. I think it’s important to have an event where LGBT folks can get together and say, “look, I’m here! I’m there! I’m everywhere!” I grew up in the fledgling part of the mid-2000s, where LGBT (particularly, the L and G) visibility was there, but was hardly accepted. I was the product of that weird era, so to be out in 2016 where there’s so many people out there saying “we’ve got your back,” well… that’s something special.

But there’s something I need to talk about. And that’s the monetization of Pride, and the corporate focus in so many of the floats and booths. …


Gendering Manga, Anime, and JRPGs in the West

[This essay was funded through Patreon under the ZEAL project. ZEAL aims to provide high quality criticism of rarely discussed games and comics, and showcase the talents of exciting new writers and artists. For details and information on how to donate, please check out our Patreon!]

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Now that I’m in my 20’s, most of my early childhood memories have gone away. Sure, I can still remember reading Charlotte’s Web in 1st grade, playing Math Blaster in 2nd, and getting bullied in 3rd. But everything around elementary school feels dreamlike as an adult. I have no idea how I got here, why I made it this far, or how I’m holding down a career as a freelance writer. …

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Ana Valens

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