Monday, December 28, 2009

Queen of the Universe (Red vs. Blue)

(Crossposted from Halopedia)

Franklin Delano Donut is a main character in Rooster Teeth’s hit Halo machinima Red vs. Blue, a prominent aspect of the Halo community recognized and promoted by Bungie. Donut is most recognizable by his now characteristic pink armor, which he insistently refers to as “lightish red”. The character has undergone a transformation throughout the show’s course, changing from a generic red army newbie to a slighted cisgender straight guy taken for having feminine characteristics to a gay guy who thinks he’s a girl1, and this article is here to chronicle the transformation. It is a longer blog post, but it presents information in bite-sized paragraphs that should be easy to skim through. I’ll probably write a thorough analysis later.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Analysis of Twilight Film's Added Liberal Elements

I personally love the Twilight series of novels (and now movies), but I know there’s been a lot of controversy regarding them. Author Stephenie Meyer, a conservative Mormon, places many of her values and beliefs in the story, such as creationism, linking the Quileute tribe with a lost tribe of Israel, and most notably the relationship between Bella and Edward in which he asserts total control over her life and she surrenders almost completely (I’m convinced that this is just a big fantasy and not a representation of how she thinks women should live, though). This has raised definite controversy from the left – and other people, but mostly the left. I believe that many of the changes to the Twilight story that showed up in the movie were in direct response to such criticism, trying to make the story appealing to democrats through the use of promotion of environmentalism, showing greater racial diversity, and introducing a subplot to promote feminist ideas.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Moronic Wolfy Claim (Twilight)

Among the various criticisms thrown out against Twilight is the allegation that the series promotes pedophilia. This is generally in reference to the relationship between Jacob and Renesmee, but sometimes it refers to the relationship between Edward and Bella because of their significant age differences. I believe that this is a misunderstanding of what author Stephenie Meyer intended to portray here, which is not true pedophilia, and is not immoral in and of itself.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Hello, Howard Wolowitz (Big Bang Theory, Dexter)

Last night while watching television, I saw reruns of the Big Bang Theory episode “The Gorilla Experiment” and the Dexter episode “Hello, Dexter Morgan”. These are two quite different shows, but they are both examples of contemporary media. Both of these episodes deal with the same issue of women being treated as property by their significant others, yet this issue is handled radically differently by the separate shows. Big Bang Theory takes the more progressive route of portraying men who treat women as possessions like huge jerks, while Dexter keeps with sexist memes in the portrayal of male aggression and possessive nature as evidence of love.

Monday, December 7, 2009

"Gender Roles in Halo"

So, I've been getting a few hits for the search term "gender roles in halo", but going to a post that's not really about that and more about gender in relation to AIs. To help people potentially find what they're looking for, I'm going to post this and suggest people check out the An Examination of Female Characters in Halo post instead. That is closer to what I suspect the folks making these searches are looking for.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Date Rape Orb (Buffy)

In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Dead Things”, the Trio goes out on the town with the magical equivalent of a date rape drug, what they call the cerebral dampener. According to Warren, the dampener has the power to make any woman their “willing” sex slave. However, either he misunderstood the definition of “willing” or he was flat out lying, because the dampener’s function clearly is to remove all free will. Warren’s always been portrayed as a creep, so this makes sense for him, but it’s strange that Andrew and Jonathan fail to recognize the act as rape until their victim Katrina explicitly tells them. Why didn’t they see what they were doing as rape? Can this shed some light on real life culture that may promote rape?