Sometimes when I’m making a video, I realize that I’m forcing myself to have a unique opinion on a topic when, in fact, it isn’t an honest opinion….it’s just me searching for something interesting to say. That’s OK, I guess, but I’ve been trying not to do it as much.
Sometimes I’m not interesting. I like science fiction books and taking pictures and watching the same TV shows as everyone else. It’s exhausting to try and make every single part of your existence interesting. I hereby give myself permission to be boring.
It’s like you’re inside a cage that’s invisible to everyone. The cage keeps you from doing the things you want to do. From living. And a lot of times you can see the cage, maybe even remember a time before there was a cage. You can even see the key in the lock. It’s right there. And you want to turn it so badly but when you try your hand just turns to lead. You try over and over, and sometimes you can move just enough for it to really break your heart as you watch your hand fall back to your side. You scream and cry and want it so much and shame begins to poison you because the lock is right there where anyone who wasn’t a complete failure could just open it. And after all your energy is spent struggling you just passively accept that you are trapped and will never know freedom again.
Then someone tells you to just cheer up.
And a bitter tear stings its way down your cheek.
That is depression.
CAPTAIN AMERICA’S ‘THE WINTER SOLDIER’ TO-DO LIST IS DIFFERENT AROUND THE WORLD
Disney has long been known for how meticulously it localizes its movies for countries all around the world (for proof, here’s a video of Frozen‘s “Let It Go” in 25 languages).
Apparently, the company has applied that approach to its Marvel Studios output. Reddit user DavinderB has tracked down 10 different screenshots of Captain America’s list of things he needs to learn about to catch up to the 21st Century in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and depending on the country where the movie’s being shown, the list is different.
Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception).
Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularly, how do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them?
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Something to ponder today as you slay Internet dragons and blast enemy troops.