Throwback Thursday: Free Hugs

The story behind this photo is that at Ushi-con 2005, there was an area where people had signs saying outlandish things, one of the most extreme was ‘grope me I’m Mexican.’ I ran to my car, grab some lei’s from a cosplay I never finished, and made a sign giving them away for kisses. I my friend dared me to see if women would do it just for Pocky, but that happened as well. My favorite one was when a girl kissed me right in front of what I assume was her boyfriend. Awesome times.

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Here is a pic from O-chibi con… which was a tiny convention a long time ago, with some friends that I will honestly never get in a room together again for many different reasons. It’s sad, because one of them was a best friend of mine from high school, on the bottom right, and well… yeah.

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Women play video games?

eqkcjusnmpxgbigKirk Hamilton, of Kotaku, has suggested in an article that women play video games! Shocking, right? Apparently, it isn’t just the super attractive ones that pose with their collections completely covering their bodies either. Huh.

Hamilton’s article discusses the main problem at hand: when it comes to things such as E3, people treat women as if they know nothing about video games, even if they are.. you know… games journalists.

While yeah, this obviously is a thing that is happening, why does it happen?

sarkeesiancollege1.) My sister or childhood friend used to play video games, but got out of it outside of childhood because other people considered it ‘not cool.’ She then focused on things that would make her cool… beauty products, musicians, clothes, etc

  • Yeah, there is some truth to this claim, but I think we forget that women who did this as girls still came back to gaming. Some through MMO’s like World of War Craft, others with ‘casual’ games such as Tetris, Candy Crush, or most recently Super Mario Run. Nintendo attracted many of this demographic back with Nintendo Wii, and Apple and Google has since made sure to retain them. This leads us to…

mqdefault2. Yeah… but they only play games like… DDR, Let’s Dance, casual mobile games, JRPG’s, or whatever game that I do not play, hence they are not as hardcore as I am.

  • Gamers, male or otherwise, are elitist and love whatever niche their games are in, whither that genre is FPS, Fighting Games, or yes… even Puzzle games. We as a group need to grow up.People tend to forget that there was a time when my favorite genre,  2D fighting games, had fallen out of favor while 3D fighters such as Soul Calibur hadn’t. I felt ignored, quite honestly, and because of that I was not gaming as much. In fact, outside of college settings, I do not play as many games as I used to despite there being more and more fighting games each year, potentially due to their fall. Now that other niche genres are coming back such as JRPG, Rhythm, etc, a lot of the women who had stopped gaming are coming back and we have to stop questioning it. They always existed, but were at best ignored, and at worst disrespected.

You know you_re a real gamer, when this as no effect on you!3. But they are still just here to… you know… look hot and distract us… cause… you know… we…

  • A lot of us male gamers got ignored by girls/women when we got pimples and due to gaming gained some weight. Somehow though, we gained this ego that because women cosplay or play games on twitch, that they are doing this somehow to gain our male attention.Partially? Yes but no? Twitch users, yeah, they want that money. The Frag Dolls probably wanted any attention when they were together and played Halo, not caring if it was horny nerds or women wanting to celebrate girl power?

zeldaBottom line, I agree that there are of course women gaming, and that men have been really bad at times when it comes to reacting to them. I’m guilty of this as well, when I learned that a female teenage co-worker played Call of Duty. I admitted that I was surprised, but it was just that she played that particular game was all.

Because I do not think well of Call of Duty.

Because it doesn’t have Mai Shiranui in it.

Fight me.

Oh My God! The Half Price Books sent me back in time!

BSB2000.pngI went around time town today looking for some discounted Wonder Woman stuff… but honestly, it was hard to find much of anything Wonder Woman related. I went to my local comic store hoping to find some buy 1 get 1 graphic novels, and nothing. Looked for some regular ones, still nothing. In desperation, I went to Half Priced Books… and what I found was terrifying.

Apparently, I was trapped in the early 2000’s, as I was starring directly at a Back Street Boys ‘Into The Millennium Tour!

Panicking, I looked around to get my barrings, andIMG_0353.JPG then this! Pokemon but more importantly Sailor Moon S and Super S VHS Tapes? Why God! Why would you make me relive one of the worst eras of humanity! Despite surviving Y2K, We were still disillusioned from the lack of flying cars we were promised!

VHSsmFearing for the time space continuum, I listened for The Tardis, the roar of a Delorean, or even the archaic ringing of a pay phone.

Nothing.

I flipped over the VHS Sailor Moon tapes, knowing full well that if I even found a VCR to watch these ancient tomes on, the monstrous machine could devour my childhood, if not my soul.

$2.00? For Anime? I take a sigh in disbelief. I remember back to my high school days paying $40 for less than 5 episodes of a show on DVD. Everything might be okay.

Then, I remember the creepy old man who used to run The Pawn Shop that I used to buy old Ranma 1/2 tapes for cheap. I know right then that I had to get out of there.

Wait a second though: Sailor Pluto’s calm and knowing look was all I needed to see. I stood up, turned around, and slowly walked away… just in case something immortal was following me.

As the door closed, I realized that it was NOT the year 2000. I looked back, half expecting for there not to even be a store there.

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To my disbelief, the store was still there, and past the register there were relics from an even further time I took one more glimpse into this time anomaly, and I see something from even further into the past… Records.

What’s The Main Event? A movie from 1979 where Barbara Streisand manages a reluctant boxer? Nifty I think, until I stumble upon a record that was some sort of… podcast?

IMG_0349Apparently, there were horrible motivational ones with religious undertones such as Evangelist Jay Snell’s Alternative to Divorce. I knew right then that making this second quantum leap was a terrible decision.

I tried to run towards the door, but was disoriented. My body jerked an aisle or two over, where I saw this!

IMG_0356[1]A Book? Something from either further back? How far was I going to be thrown back this Thursday? This book though… it looked familiar. Piers Anthony’s Yon Ill Wind, one of the last Xanth novels that I could actually read? I’m almost back! I then see what I originally set out to find: Wonder Woman!

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Nestled into a cranny between Last Year’s smash hit Deadpool, and 1970’s 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and 10’s hit space opera Star Wars.

Puzzles, clocks, and coffee mugs: If I had a use for even one of those things… maybe I would have given into my capitalistic tendencies right then and there.

Sadly, not one comic book though. This was, however, enough to remind me that Wonder Woman was coming out tonight. A movie, based on a book, based on a weird man’s obsession with the truth.

I meandered away from this building, caring not about the dinosaurs, mercenaries, or time lords that crossed my path. I had a movie to go see, damn it. One about a woman who might finally do what Supergirl, Vampirella, Elektra, and even Catwoman could not do; be wonderful!

Every Single Female Ghostbuster (That I know of)

I tried to make this list in somewhat chronological order, but eh… I haven’t watched/read/played all of these entries into Ghostbusters that they are from. Instead of having an incomplete list of things some of them having done, I’ve just listed each one. Anyways, hopefully this is helpful to… someone.

Janine – Real Ghostbusters
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Kylie – Extreme Ghostbusters & Comic
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Rookie (Player 2)/Maddie Collins – Ghostbusters The Video Game (Wii) & Comic
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Lucy – Toy
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Bridget Gibbons – Sanctum of Slime & Comic

Special Ageny Melanie Ortiz – Comic
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Patricia “Patty” Tolan, Dr. Abigail “Abby” Yates, Dr. Erin Gilbert, Dr. Jillian “Holtz” Holtzmann – Ghostbuster: Answer The Call
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???? & ???? – Ghostbusters (2016) Video Game

No real reason for this list, just wanted to do it. Also, did you know that there is currently a crossover comic with the all female cast and the original character called Ghostbusters 101? The more you know, right?

Cosplayer tried to assassinate The Green Ranger

Someone dressed up as The Punisher, took photos at Comic Con of police tweeting to a girl that he was going to kill them if they got in the way. Apparently his real target was Jason David Frank. Thankfully, Jason David Frank was NOT at the convention when Mathew Sterling was, as he had to arrive later in the day then what was originally scheduled. Apparently, the attempted murderer can tweet a woman but not check JDF’s twitter updates.

Matthew Sterling has claimed to have stabbed Frank 15 years ago, and wanted to ‘finish the job.’ Thankfully Police were able to apprehend him without incident, which is amazing considering that he was well armed with a shotgun, 3 handguns, lots of ammo, tactical knife, and throwing stars.

Shockingly, Jason David Frank has never been stabbed, especially 15 years ago. Thank goodness that the woman who Mathew Sterling was texting contacted The Police. JDF is a religious man, and he believes that God was looking out for him.

There is a $1 million dollar bail for Sterling.

46a378b6cf916d4326e47b11e65db1abAt what age are you considered an adult? Some might argue 17, others 18, while some even claim 21. Let me ask you this simpler question… at what age should we allow people to marry in this country? In some states an 11 year old can be married off. Isn’t that awesome? In New Jersey, the age is 14, due to Governor Chris Christie striking down a bill that would have made it 18.

While I love me some Sailor Moon, we can all agree that girls people under the age of… let’s argue 17 with parental consent, should not be getting married, as… let’s face it, we have NO idea what the world actually is like until… probably 25 after our brain is fully developed.

That whole ‘parental consent’ thing though can be tricky though, when it is more like parental coercion.

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In Florida, there is no legal minimum age set to marry. Sherry Johnson was raped at a young age by members of her church, and she was forced into marriage. She had a baby at 10. In fact, she had 9 children in a marriage that she was tricked and forced into by parents and clergy as she missed Elementry School! The marriage somehow did not last! *gasp* Now she fights for Florida to have a minimum age.

New York Times’ did an amazing article on Sherry Johnson, child marriage, and the ongoing battles to end it that can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/opinion/sunday/it-was-forced-on-me-child-marriage-in-the-us.html?_r=0