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Archive for March, 2007
Posted by Richie on March 29, 2007
Posted by Richie on March 22, 2007
Lumberjacks, pirates, and Chuck Norris all agree that there is but one arbiter of manliness, and he has but one name: Maddox. The longtime proprietor of the absurdly popular website, The Best Page in the Universe, Maddox has thoughtfully collected his vast masculine wisdom for the first time in a useful reference work, The Alphabet of Manliness.
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Posted by Richie on March 19, 2007
Update: I’ve noticed that, two years after I wrote it, this post is still getting a lot of traffic. I’ve also noticed that a lot of my search engine referrals are from people looking for The Wotch or TG fiction. Because this is quite an old post, the ideas aren’t as well formed or articulated as I’d like, so if you’re interested in an analysis of The Wotch / TG fiction in general, I’d advise checking out this other Wotch post and this review of It’s A Boy / Girl Thing as well.
I’ve actually been meaning to write this for a while, but it’s difficult to talk about without it looking like “Hey, check out this fucked-up comic for perverts“, or, worse, that I’m transphobic. Which I’m really, really not. So it’s important to state now, before I get started, that this is specifically about the way the concept of being able to change gender at will (essentially) is used in The Wotch. I think what it says about gender identity vs. gender roles is applicable elsewhere, or else I wouldn’t have bothered writing it. This isn’t an attack on The Wotch, even though it’s obvious that I have problems with certain aspects of it, but if I’m talking about it specifically because there are so many webcomics out there with transgender content, all of which handle it differently, and if I get any more general then I risk misrepresenting them. And this isn’t even about transgender, anyway.
Posted by Richie on March 12, 2007
Posted by Richie on March 7, 2007
I actually planned on writing this last night, but in between then and now, Tekanji has said basically everything I wanted to say, albeit about a different incident. I’m going to write it anyway, though, mostly because Stormy went to the trouble of finding archived versions of the comment threads. Actually, there were two kinds of responses, so this might not be entirely redundant.
Posted by Richie on March 4, 2007
Brief introduction: I used to write a weekly-ish blog on MySpace, which went relatively well for the first few months until my suggestion that blaming women for rape wasn’t a good idea went down like a ton of bricks inside a lead zeppelin hovering over shit creek. This made me realise that I didn’t actually want to know most of the people who read it, so I’ve moved here. Shh!
I’ve erased the MySpace blog now, largely because the comments were so depressing that I spent the three days in between posting the entry and deleting everything muttering “Fuck, did he actually say that?” at inappropriate times. I saved the entires as pure HTML, and I’ve reproduced them here. There are still some niggles because I haven’t used
Blogger WordPress before, but things will hopefully work properly soon-ish.
(Older posts were written for a slightly different audience than the one this blog is going to get, so the explanations and language might come off as patronising and simplistic. I don’t think you’re stupid, I’m just too lazy to edit them).
Posted by Richie on March 4, 2007
Eragon was… well, I knew it was going to be awful, but I desperately needed to see how Jeremy Irons would react to CGI dragons this time around.
He was, once again, the best thing in the movie, although for the opposite reason this time: He was playing it totally straight and actually bothered investing his character with a personality and some dignity, which is more than anybody else did. I’m not sure if he actually changed any of his dialogue or not, because he spoke like, you know, a human being, whilst every other character, be they man or elf, were forced against their will to henceforth declare their thoughts in the unnatural manner which this vile sentence has been constructed in. To battle!