Sunday, April 25, 2010

Examination of Female Characters - Part 4 (Halo)

(Crossposted from Halopedia)
And I’m back with part four in my series to judge whether or not Halo is sexist with its female characters, as well as to analyze gender roles in general. See also parts one, two, and three. Continuing the look at Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe started in part three, I will now cover everything from Palace Hotel to The Impossible Life and the Possible Death of Preston J. Cole. (Warning that discussion of Human Weakness describes themes of rape.)

Keywords: Feminists, Overreaction

I’ve noticed a phenomenon, spanning at least two instances that I know of, where feminists will get very upset over a misunderstanding involving keywords in searching a database. Normally, I like feminism—I think it does a lot of good for the world—but this is a silly overreaction that can be harmful. I’ve seen this happening on Sociological Images, with regard to a database of college majors, and on’s now-defunct blog in regard to its thesaurus.

Everybody Draw Muhammad Day

In response to Comedy Central caving into terrorist threats against the creators of South Park for depicting Muhammad by pulling an episode, Dan Savage has proposed Everybody Draw Muhammad Day, on May 20th. Through the efforts of solidarity, the sheer number of Muhammad pictures could create an environment where no one person or group of persons could be singled out. Though I am an atheist and have no holy text, this text is pretty darn cool and worth fighting for:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Friday, April 16, 2010

People of Weird Color

There’s a trend in shows, mainly cartoons, to attempt to challenge racism by creating new races, humanoid people with incredibly unusual skin colors like blue or green. The idea is that by accepting characters of widely different skin colors, viewers will be inclined to accept people of different races in the real world. Examples of this trend show up in cartoons such as Doug and ReBoot. Aside from cartoons, science-fiction movies like Avatar use this device to some extent, albeit with the explanation that such unusually colored people are aliens.