"I’m not scared of desperately uncool cultural reactionaries like Jack Thompson or anti-witchcraft Harry Potter burners. I’m scared of the people who do hold cultural power, who have the loud voice, who are, in fact, the cool kids, but think they’re embattled underdogs. I’m scared of the people who think that because disco was “taking over music” they had the right to “fight back” bullying and attacking disco performers and fans.
I’m scared of people who look at someone like Zoe Quinn, an individual who makes free indie games, or Anita Sarkeesian, an individual who makes free YouTube videos, and honestly think that these women are a powerful “corrupt” force taking away the freedom of the vast mob of angry young male gamers and the billion-dollar industry that endlessly caters to them, and that working to shut them up and drive them out somehow constitutes justice. The dominant demographic voice in some given fandom or scene feeling attacked by an influx of new, different fans and rallying the troops against “oppression” in reaction is not at all unique. It happens everywhere, all the time.
But let’s be honest: It’s usually guys doing it. Our various “culture wars” tend to boil down to one specific culture war, the one about men wanting to feel like Real Men and lashing out at the women who won’t let them. Whenever men feel like masculinity is under attack, men get dangerous. Because that’s exactly what masculinity teaches you to do, what masculinity is about. Defending yourself with disproportionate force against any loss of power? That’s what masculinity is.”
There’s a lot to love about Texas. Texas politics, however, is a shitshow.
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The Walters is BEAUTIFUL. It’s such a vibrant green. And I know my friend will be thrilled with Barnes - it’s a gorgeous silver with red flecks. I can’t wait t ogive it to her.
Oooooooooooh. I’d been looking at the Walters, so I’ll have to keep that in mind when they restock with the other colors I’m stalking :D I love a good green!
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Well that’s good at least.
Yeah, and the thing is, the reader knows even as Tony is making it, that it’s not going to exonerate Hank of the earlier stuff. It does of the criminal charges because Egghead’s henchman *was* brainwashed, and can then attest that Hank was innocent of the thing he was in jail for, but not of the original thing he got courtmartialed for or the abuse, which —get this—they thought maybe MOONDRAGON had brainwashed him into, because she had recently been brainwashing them into other things. Not that they had any rationale why she would want Hank to do *this*, they just wanted any explanation other than the simple truth.
I think Ms. Rand and my character Oscar the Grouch would have a lot to talk about actually. I am laughing out loud at this idea.
Why would I want to talk to him. What has he achieved or trying to achieve.
He has achieved what I think is the ultimate goal of your way of thinking.
Isolation. Contempt for others. A hard heart. Yet even he can muster a bit of empathy every now and then.
I am not isolated. I have no contempt for others. Millions of people read my books and find my thoughts inspirational. I hardly spend my time on the sidelines in a trash can grumping.
Not yet anyway.