Shit 9GAG Says

May 27

Hello, everyone.

My name is Harley and two days ago, I was sexually assaulted by my stepfather while in Canada, a foreign country to me and his home country.

For background, I am a twenty-two year old queer individual with a vagina, and I’m currently finishing the final classes I need before graduating through summer online courses. The house is in a rural area, between mountains, woods all around us and residences far apart. After the assault, I sought help from the neighbor, who happens to be his sister, and I was denied access to the phone to call for help and my stepdad came over to semi-drag me back.

I stopped fighting, and that’s when he set me in the car, went back to finish talking to his sister. I waited, and then I ran, barefoot through the woods, climbed a neighbor’s fence, went inside their house, through it when nobody was there and ran across the road. By luck, a man was outside two houses over, and he ran to me, helped me inside, and the couple living there called the cops. The cop referred me to a transition house/women’s shelter, which is where I am currently. My stepdad maintains nothing happened, and my mother is questioning whether it did, while nearly the entirety of the rest of my family feels the same outside of my sister. 

Because I ran barefoot, I received severe bruising that later made it difficult to walk, and I was transported to the hospital. They found a fractured right foot and sprained left ankle.

I lived in North Carolina, but I intend to travel to Boston, MA so I can stay with a friend and try to get a desk job while my feet heal. My stuff is largely still in NC along with my car, so my sister who lives there has offered to try and help me get it all towed up to where I end up moving. I am enrolled in the final online courses required for my graduation from my university, and a third has been payed off. The remaining amount is approximately $600. My likelihood of achieving temporary housing is fair to good due to good friends, though I am injured and unsure of job options. My car is uninsured, as well as myself, and so I’ll need to get insurance (six months worth, from my understanding, in order to prove I’m committed) in order to utilize my car for transportation. This will be approximately $800.

This campaign is important to me because it’s literally the difference between a new life and, honestly, having no clue where I’m going. I have several people offering to help, but it will take a lot more than they are able to give, but I am extremely grateful. I’m grateful to anyone who donates whether it be $10 or $1 —and for those who are unable, if you could share a link or spread the word, I’d be very appreciative.

I’m asking for 10,000 as a ceiling number, but I’d be happy with 1,000 or whatever amount people are willing to offer. It’s only been a couple days, and I’m at a loss for exactly how much I’m going to need in order to get home and start a new life.

Thank you to everyone who donates as well as those who share and send well wishes. I’m really grateful.

LINK: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-victim-of-sexual-assault-get-on-feet/x/7690117

Apr 08
melanijann:

fandomsandfeminism:

how-to-vidya:

The evolution of girl gamers

Boy gamers are so self-centered they act as though women haven’t been playing video games for decades, and then act horrified when the female gamers who have always been there actually become visible and vocal about the rampant misogyny that has infected the gaming world. 
Like seriously, how entitled do you have to be that women saying “it sure would be nice if I wasn’t treated like shit while enjoying the games I play” translates to “I must be catered to” when video games have LITERALLY been catered to men for decades? 

More like:
1993 - 64% of girls reported playing video games 
1996 - "home use had increased for fourth grade girls"
1998 - "both male and female adolescents play video games on a regular basis." 
1999 - "88% of the female college students … surveyed were video game players."
2007 - 20-47% of adolescent girls play video games
2008 - "94% of girls play video games"
2010 - "Forty percent of all game players are women." 
2012 - "Women 18 or older represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (30%) than boys age 17 or younger" 
2013 -"adult women are nearly half of all video game players"
I didn’t get all the dates, but I think you can get the point.
Also considered posting my own personal gaming history, but I would’ve had to go back to the 80s for that. e_e

This is definitely relevant to all the gaming-related sexist crap going on on 9GAG. 

melanijann:

fandomsandfeminism:

how-to-vidya:

The evolution of girl gamers

Boy gamers are so self-centered they act as though women haven’t been playing video games for decades, and then act horrified when the female gamers who have always been there actually become visible and vocal about the rampant misogyny that has infected the gaming world. 

Like seriously, how entitled do you have to be that women saying “it sure would be nice if I wasn’t treated like shit while enjoying the games I play” translates to “I must be catered to” when video games have LITERALLY been catered to men for decades? 

More like:

I didn’t get all the dates, but I think you can get the point.

Also considered posting my own personal gaming history, but I would’ve had to go back to the 80s for that. e_e

This is definitely relevant to all the gaming-related sexist crap going on on 9GAG. 

Apr 08
[Image description: a male scout of some kind wearing numerous badges, caption reads “A Badge… for every time I stole your b*tch.”]
Another instance of treating women as objects (trophies) for men to use to prove their dominance over one another. 

[Image description: a male scout of some kind wearing numerous badges, caption reads “A Badge… for every time I stole your b*tch.”]

Another instance of treating women as objects (trophies) for men to use to prove their dominance over one another. 

Apr 07

lala-loki-licious:

socimages:

Snickers mocks the idea that men can respect women.

This is one of the most demoralizing ads I’ve seen in a long time. It’s an Australian ad for Snickers in which construction workers on a busy city street yell pro-feminist comments at women, like “I’d like to show you the respect you deserve” and ”You want to hear a filthy word? Gender bias” and “You know what I’d like to see? A society in which the objectification of women makes way for gender neutral interaction free from assumptions and expectations.”

The construction workers are actors, but the women on the street are (or appear to be) real and their reactions authentic. The first thing women do is get uncomfortable, revealing how a lifetime of experience makes them cringe at the prospect of a man yelling at them.  But, as women realize what’s going on, they’re obviously delighted.  They love the idea of getting support and respect instead of harassment from strange men.

This last woman actually places her hand on her heart and mouths “thank you” to the guys.

And then the commercial ends and it’s all yanked back in the most disgusting way. It ends by claiming that pro-feminist men are clearly unnatural. Men don’t respect women — at least, not this kind of man — they’re just so hungry they can’t think straight.

The twist ending is a genuine “fuck you” to the actual women who happened to walk by and become a part of the commercial.  I wonder, when the producers approached them to get their permission to be used on film, did they tell them how the commercial would end? I suspect not. And, if not, I bet seeing the commercial would feel like a betrayal. These women were (likely) given the impression that it was about respecting women, but instead it was about making fun of the idea that women deserve respect.

What a dick move, Snickers. I hope you’re happy with your misogynist consumer base, because I don’t think I can ever buy a Snickers bar again.  What else does your parent company sell? I’ll make a note.

Thanks to sociologist and pro-feminist Michael Kimmel for sending in the ad.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Like you can SEE how much the women were enjoying it. Being told really nice things and encouraging things.

Then the commercial ruins it

Not only is Snickers spitting on women but also on men who prefer not to think and act like assholes.

Apr 07
[Text in image: As a woman, I am deeply offended by the double standards women themselves set up. We constantly complain about not being treated as equals but when the moment comes for us to do the same job, we will find an excuse not to do it. When I encounter situations like this, I do as my mother taught me and put on my big girl pants and lift, move, climb, etc as needed. I may be a small woman (5’0, 130 lbs) but I can do what any man can. And if I can’t do it exactly like a man, I’ll find a way to do it!]
A woman deplores the hypocrisy of “women” (because as we know, negative character traits of one or five or twenty women can be extrapolated to all women) before announcing herself to be a special little snowflake. 
How cute. 

[Text in image: As a woman, I am deeply offended by the double standards women themselves set up. We constantly complain about not being treated as equals but when the moment comes for us to do the same job, we will find an excuse not to do it. When I encounter situations like this, I do as my mother taught me and put on my big girl pants and lift, move, climb, etc as needed. I may be a small woman (5’0, 130 lbs) but I can do what any man can. And if I can’t do it exactly like a man, I’ll find a way to do it!]

A woman deplores the hypocrisy of “women” (because as we know, negative character traits of one or five or twenty women can be extrapolated to all women) before announcing herself to be a special little snowflake. 

How cute. 

Mar 20

Hey everyone! I’m writing this to say that I will do my best to get this blog back on track with regular updates, but I don’t know how much time I will have (or want to spare) to lurk on 9GAG.

In light of this, you are all more than welcome to send in suggestions and/or your own commentary. Bring it on! 

Mar 19

quote Being exceptional isn’t revolutionary, it’s lonely. It separates you from your community. Who are you, really, without community? I have been held up consistently as a token, as the “right” kind of trans woman (educated, able-bodied, attractive, articulate, heteronormative). It promotes the delusion that because I “made it,” that level of success is easily accessible to all young trans women. Let’s be clear: It is not.

— Janet Mock, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More (via 2brwngrls)
Mar 18

The racists of 9GAG defend racism in the Lord of the Rings (and other Tolkien works by extension). 

The fact that the Lord of the Rings was ‘written in a different time’ is no excuse for the obvious colonialist and racist undertones of the whole work. I mean, are we seriously going to ignore the fact that Aragorn, after being crowned, went riding around Middle-Earth giving species that had been there before the Númenórians had any idea how to count to two the right to use the land that was rightfully theirs in the first place? 

Gah. The only thing more racist than LotR is the deluded fandom. 

P.S. Really old draft. Sorry for the lack of new material. 

Mar 18

Anonymous said: I usually make myself quit 9gag after the first sexist post I encounter. After a week of not being able to stay on their site for more than three minutes, I did a google search and found your tumblr. Just wanted to say that You're awesome.

Thanks! And you’re awesome for being here! 

Mar 18

Anonymous said: I love 9 gag and I get a good laugh every day. But I think that sexist comments Are overfloating and it poses me of. I know people are sometimes joking.. but when girls comment, hell breaks out man! I was called but hurt for saying that the joke was a bit to mean regarding to women.. and I was getting so many evil comments about me being a stupid bitch. WTF MAN! I want to give those little boys some teaching.. but for what matter.. why is it like this? Shouldn I give a fuck? Or am I wrong

You have every right to be pissed.