A little bit of funny

I stumbled on this video a few minutes ago while looking up web comics to read. It is a spectacular take down of the complaints some feminists make about the gaming community.

I think this tactic would have been the better choice for the Penny Arcade guys to have taken rather than the “Team Dickwolves” shirts, although I did find that tactic funny as well.

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8 thoughts on “A little bit of funny

  1. Excellent critique of the innocuous ramblings over at Feminist Frequency. The obvious professional production was likely created as a rebuttal by a big gaming company with the means to pull it off.
    On the flip side, I find it interesting Anita says nothing about the current gender disparity in the music industry. It, like the gaming industry, profit from supply and demand. During the rock & roll era boys purchased records at about the same rate as girls. Perhaps even more. Back then, boys in general, jocks-nerds the whole bunch, could be found in the school yard talking about the “artistic development” of the Beatles. At the time we were learning more about art in pop music than in school.
    The appeal of video games to boys coupled with the shift to a video dependent music format have changed the demographic of the music audience. Boys and men are spending more of their expendable income on video games than music. More female expendable dollars are supporting more female stars. As a result the industry is dominated by Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Lady Ga Ga, Katy Perry….

    Don’t hear Anita whining about that.

  2. The guys at Penny Arcade had remarkably little talent to start with. They’re not really good at being funny; they’re good at being celebrities. They need to hire other people to actually make jokes – lately it’s the Canadian troupe from Loading Ready Run.

    So long as people can become famous for nothing but being famous, there will be operations like Penny Arcade.

  3. On the flip side, I find it interesting Anita says nothing about the current gender disparity in the music industry.

    She may not have gotten to it yet. However, other feminists have complained about the gender disparity in the music industry. Their arguments do not go very far because many popular female artists do not fit the desired feminist role model. The argument also suffers because one cannot control or predict what people will like and buy. It also does not help that many female artists do not want anything to do with feminism or feminists. Calling them out would not go well for feminists.

  4. The guys at Penny Arcade had remarkably little talent to start with. They’re not really good at being funny; they’re good at being celebrities.

    I do not follow Penny Arcade or the creators, so I cannot say how funny the strips usually are. I can say that their response, while technically fine, was not well executed. It would have been better for them to stand their ground, call their critics’ bluff, and undermine their critics’ position by pointing out the hypocrisy of these people going after a comic strip mentioning a fictional rape while the critics ignore actual examples of people mocking male rape victims.

  5. I seem to be in the minority of those that think the cartoon response to the original Dickwolves cartoon was perfectly acceptable.

    Panel 1 – you misinterpreted a rather obvious joke

    Panel 2 – do we really have to point out that we don’t like rape, to correct your faulty assumptions because you got an obvious joke wrong?

    Panel 3 – a not too unreasonable jibe at the concept of rape culture as frequently described.

  6. OirishM, I also thought the response comic was acceptable. However, I think that it would have been better for them to trump their critics rather than just slap them down.

  7. I don’t particularly agree. They got backlash for not being sensitive enough in their response. I think a huge part of that is due to an expectation that any male accused of promoting rape culture must then immediately denounce rape culture.

    I think PA were perfectly correct in effectively going LOL NOPE – they weren’t going to back down meek and mild, and indeed needn’t have, as those who responded negatively totally missed the point of the cartoon. Making a cartoon about dickwolves that was actually about the apparently callous attitudes of protagonists in RPGs (in other words supporting the notion of defending the abused, including rape victims) is simply not rape culture. They had justification to reject the criticism for the silliness it was.

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