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Huge thanks! Pledge drive wrapup

Celebration time at WHTM Headquarters

By David Futrelle

And so ends this somewhat extended pledge drive.

I’d like to offer a big “thanks” to everyone who’s donated. When I checked in with you all a few days ago, donations were coming in slowly and it looked like they would fall far short of what I need to keep this blog going. But thanks to a wave of donations since then we’ve gotten very close. If a few more of you can donate over the next few days, we’ll get there!

For everyone who’s given – including several of you who went well beyond the call of duty — I literally don’t know how to express my appreciation. This blog started as a quixotic personal project, but it’s turned into what I like to think is a fairly significant voice against bigotry and misogyny. Sometimes I still can’t believe I’m actually having an effect on people’s lives. By reminding me, your contributions keep me going in more ways than just financially.

So thanks again to everyone else who donated in the pledge drive, as well to all the monthly donors, and everyone who donates between pledge drives, enabling me not only to continue the blog but to also to keep it free of annoying ads and popups.

Even if you can’t donate, if you’d like to let me know the blog is making a difference in your life, or if you have any suggestions, drop me a note at dfutrelle at gmail.com.

If you’ve been thinking of donating but haven’t gotten around to it yet, here’s another chance.

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Rabid Rabbit
Rabid Rabbit
1 year ago

My circumstances make me unable to donate, but this blog saved my soul back when I discovered it. Necessities of work were leaving me drowning in a misogynistic stew (not mine, I just had to deal with it), and the mockery here was a lifeline that got me through it (as well as being educational).

So, you know, thanks.

My experience of wading through this bilious nonsense only lasted a month or so, but it was enough to give me a sense of what you must endure as you delve into it, and my hat is off to your endurance.

I now declare this an Official David Appreciation GIF Thread. Anyone got some good applauding cats?

kupo
kupo
1 year ago
Gijoel
Gijoel
1 year ago

In other news Democrat Zoe Lofton asks Google executive why pictures of T-rump come up when the term ‘idiot’ is searched for on Google images.

Thus guaranteeing Cheeto Nero will be forever associated with the word ‘idiot’.

Red R. Lion
Red R. Lion
1 year ago

Question: is there any way to donate completely anonymously? I’ve been wanting to donate, but I’m also paranoidvery private.

David Futrelle
David Futrelle
1 year ago

Thaks, Rabid! So glad the blog was helpful!

And those are some nice kitties.

Red, hmm, I don’t know how one would do that? Does anyone have an idea?

Shadowplay
1 year ago

@Red. Ask David for my email.

Full Metal Ox
1 year ago

This is as good a celebratory image as any, and certainly seasonally appropriate:

http://i.imgur.com/w47VCYw.gif

(This can also serve as a cue to remember that Charlie Brown was running a gender-inclusive Little League team way back in the 1960’s.)

Katamount
Katamount
1 year ago

OT, but I felt like sounding off on it. I’ve mentioned I’ve been playing Star Trek Online, and as part of the immersion, been revisiting the old Star Trek series I’ve watched and I watched one episode of Voyager last night that I completely forgot about, but has not exactly aged well.

(TW: Obvious rape allegories ahead)

The gist of the fourth season episode “Retrospect” is that a weapons trader is on board Voyager and immediately comes into conflict with Seven of Nine. She then starts having anxiety attacks in Sick Bay and the Doctor thinks she’s been assaulted by somebody. Using tech-tech, he dredges up memories that the weapons trader forcibly extracted nanoprobes from her. The Doctor becomes her biggest advocate, demanding accountability. Janeway orders an investigation, which is apparently enough for weapons trader guy to be ruined. Evidence piles up, but it’s quickly determined there’s innocent explanations for it all, but WTG makes a run for it. His stupid attempt at escape ends up blowing him up, and so everybody feels bad at making a false allegation and killing the poor menz, I mean guy. Doc feels responsible, the end.

Watching it in 2018, I was like “Okay, this doesn’t exactly play well in the #MeToo moment.” But as a very well written blog pointed out, in the 90s, the McMartin Preschool incident and the satanic panic of the 80s was still fresh in people’s minds. If the episode had been better crafted, it could have worked well for that purpose (much like the TNG episode “The Drumhead”), but this one has such a ridiculous conceit that stacks the deck against WTG and the allegory to rape is far too obvious that its conclusion comes off as hideously reactionary.

Michelle Erica Green summarizes it as:

Seven experiences a brutal assault, then is told that she’s confused, she can’t be trusted, she’s made Janeway and the Doctor bring false charges, she’s responsible for destroying a man’s life. For weeks we’ve been listening to Janeway and the Doctor tell Seven that, if she wishes to be accepted by humans, she must become more compliant, more ingratiating, more accepting of what other people tell her, and here we see exactly what happens when a woman is told to shut up and become what someone else wants her to be. We share directly as viewers in her experience, for we witness her flashbacks. The episode succeeds solely in one way, which is why it should come with a trigger warning: it forces an audience to share the anguish and horror of the victim of an assault as she is first forced to recall the details and face her abuser, then told that she’s wrong and the abuser’s life is more important than her own.

And as that blog points out, a lot of Voyager was hideously reactionary. A lot more than I thought when I watched it originally. I was just in it for the fun space adventure, but there’s some troubling subtext in several episodes.

I recommend those reviews if you’re into Star Trek, because whoever writes it brings all the cultural context and behind-the-scenes stuff to the fore. Possibly some of the best reviews I’ve seen since SFDebris.

Moon_custafer
Moon_custafer
1 year ago

@Katamount:

But as a very well written blog pointed out, in the 90s, the McMartin Preschool incident and the satanic panic of the 80s was still fresh in people’s minds.

There was an episode of an old ‘fifties anthology show I watched a couple of months back, in which a high-school teacher is accused of making a pass at a student, and eventually turns out to be innocent. It now occurs to me that HUAC may have been what the writers were trying to analogize (also the teacher is an immigrant, as well as a physicist with a slightly eccentric manner, and is suspected mainly for those reasons).

Cyborgette
Cyborgette
1 year ago

@Katamount, @Moon_custafer

Patriarchy loves it some false dichotomies, because they’re very effective propaganda tools.

My fave example is “Welcome to the Monkey House” by Kurt Vonnegut, where he sets in opposition to an authoritarian sex-hating society… a serial rapist, who “liberates” women by raping them (and in the story this actually works because Vonnegut). It’s a bunch of 60s Harlan Ellison style edgelord crap, but it’s also IMO just reversing the old trope where tyranny and control are the only answer to depravity.

The real answer to both is consent culture and treating women as human beings, but good luck getting most men to internalize that, right? 🙁

Who?
Who?
1 year ago

Kupo, Tovius, Full Metal Ox: Thank you for the pics/gifs.

Katamount: You make me very happy the Voyager is the Star Trekshow that I have watched the last of and missed that episode.

The intendet mesage was probably be careful before you jump to conclusions and destroy inocent people.

From your sinopsis there I would give the fault to whoever was runing the investigation(perhaps) and the suspect who was acting so stupid that he died.

Not the victim who was (from the synopsis) telling the truth even if she drew the wrong conclusion.

I remember a DS9episode that had a simillar masage as the asumed mesage of the Voyep (no about rape).
It was about an asumed warcriminal, who in the end was found inocent (he lied because he still feeled guilt), but was killed nevertheless.
I don’t remember the title of the episode but that was a better version of the intended mesage.

Katamount
Katamount
1 year ago

@Who?

For me, Voyager was a very hit-or-miss experience, even when I was watching it in the 90s. Some of the goofier pulpier fare was fun popcorn stuff, but when it was at its full retrograde self (I’m sure Jeri Ryan looooved the costume department), it was eye-rollingly out of touch and patronizing.

I’m thinking of that other episode “Displaced” which is almost a literal telling of that stupid “Great Replacement” fantasy, where Voyager crewmembers are systematically replaced by members of an alien race, which is at first thought to be an anomaly by both groups, but once the aliens outnumber the crew, the aliens reveal it’s their way of hijacking starships. When I first saw that episode as a kid, the subtext washed over me, but watching it as an adult in 2018… yeah, not having my space adventure show go all tiki-torch on me, even for 45 minutes of television.

Jane Done
Jane Done
1 year ago

TV shows can be effective tools to push propaganda even when the content itself is otherwise harmless.

Me and my gf have been watching the original Batman series (the 60s comedy show) which, other than being an all-white nearly all-male cast, has what appears to be a remarkably egalitarian, pro-rehabilitation, anti-prison, pro-forgiveness, pro-leniency message and is generally just an embodiment of the “PG” rating (other than the fistfights).

But in reality, that was an incredibly dark, cruel and brutal time in both American and western history. Jim crow laws (usa), residential schools (canada), stonewall riots, forced sterilisation of native americans, the assassination of MLKJ, 2nd-wave feminism and civil rights protests worldwide.

But of course that’s not what you’d think at all if you watched pop media of the day. It’s all brainwashing.

I still think it’s a goofy show, and I’ll still watch it, but I know it’s fantasy. That’s why I come here and that’s why I donate, because facts matter (+10 points for tying into the OP).

personalpest
personalpest
1 year ago

@ Who?

I remember a DS9episode that had a simillar masage as the asumed mesage of the Voyep (no about rape).
It was about an asumed warcriminal, who in the end was found inocent (he lied because he still feeled guilt), but was killed nevertheless.
I don’t remember the title of the episode but that was a better version of the intended mesage.

It’s called “Duet“, and it’s a depressing but powerful episode, with an excellent performance by Harris Yulin as the Cardassian who makes himself the scapegoat for his entire planet.

Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Intergalactic Meanie
Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Intergalactic Meanie
1 year ago

@Full Metal Ox,

In many ways Peanuts was ahead of its time (as well as part of its time in other ways). Though a few weeks ago people were claiming the Peanuts Thanksgiving TV Special was racist since Franklin, the main black character in the strip, was seated by himself on one side of the table while the other characters were seated together.

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/418019-a-charlie-brown-thanksgiving-accused-of-racism-over-seating-of-franklin

The Snopes article has a good run-down of whether that was really intentional or not on Schultz’s part, plus a history of how and why Franklin was added to the original strip to begin with.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/charlie-brown-racist-franklin/

And in other news related to assorted topics on this blog, Irish women have started a new local movement over victim blaming in rape trials.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/irish-women-launch-thisisnotconsent-underwear-campaign-protest-victim-blaming-224247716.html

Not sure how long Yahoo keeps their pages up in their Lifestyle section, but hopefully longer than a few hours, or a day or so.

Full Metal Ox
1 year ago

@Jane Done:

At least two major characters on the 60’s live-action Batman (both–regrettably but unsurprisingly–villains) were played by actors of color: Cesar Romero’s Joker and Eartha Kitt’s Catwoman. Both had the advantage of portraying characters who–unlike a distressing number of genre villains–had not originated as racial stereotypes.

Lanariel
Lanariel
1 year ago

Even though I haven’t been able to donate I would like to thank all of you for being here through two depressions and being able to restore hope for mankind and a belief that decent people are out there.

You all means so much to me.

Moon_custafer
Moon_custafer
1 year ago

@Full Metal Ox:

I’ve been wondering if Kitt was slyly playing Catwoman as a Black Panther – I googled the movement and it was founded the same year as the Batman TV show and a couple of years before she took on the role; and her first episode begins with her attacking the (as far as I can tell) all-white Gotham Fashion Association with a chemical bomb that does them no harm, but turns their hair frizzy.

Full Metal Ox
1 year ago

@Moon_custafer:

I’ve been wondering if Kitt was slyly playing Catwoman as a Black Panther – I googled the movement and it was founded the same year as the Batman TV show and a couple of years before she took on the role; and her first episode begins with her attacking the (as far as I can tell) all-white Gotham Fashion Association with a chemical bomb that does them no harm, but turns their hair frizzy.

…A Take That! at white-centric beauty standards was a direction of subtext that had never occurred to me–thank you for raising the possibility!

(Tangentially Related TV Trivia: Yvonne Craig felt that Kitt was a far more equal match in the inevitable Designated Girl Fights than the near-six-foot Julie Newmar:

I thought Eartha was perfect because she was very catlike anyway. And I liked that she was my size. I could beat her up. I came up to Julie [Newmar] bellybutton. Not good in a fight.

)

Jane Done
Jane Done
1 year ago

@Full Metal Ox: Oh that’s cool, yeah it’s a show that’s aged surprisingly well.