A lot of people came in and did something on par with blackface—I call it “gayface”: when straight actresses walk in with, like, a backward baseball cap and baggy jeans and do their impression of a lesbian, as though a lesbian would not be a real human being. So, that happened a couple of times, and I remember thinking, This is both hilarious and really telling of how most people approach films with gay protagonists.
Humanistic paganism is hosting a series of guest posts on gender. Issues with Masculine/Feminine Duality in Paganism is of interest. I think gender duality is best abandoned personally.
Masculine Fragility in Games
I’ve been pondering a bit about my relationship to games, partly due to this article on masculine fragility undermining innovation in games. Two personal data points there, the ultra-macho, omnipresent Wildstar narrator and running into Scooter in Borderlands. Or maybe I’m just getting a bit tired of games based on killing dozens of mobs to reach the next objective, checkpoint, or cutscene.
Next Space Telescope
In other news, astronomers plan a 12-meter space telescope. The article hints that installation on the moon is a possibility. IMO the moon’s potential as a base for astronomy is one of the best reasons to go back.
Jamie Clayton (Nomi) and Miguel Ángel Silvestre (Lito) discuss character relationships in Sense8.
“The thing that I love about Nomi and Amanita’s relationship is it’s such a middle finger to anyone who has you know a more conservative view of what a relationship is supposed to look like,” said Clayton, who jokingly referred to the couple as Nomanita. “Their interracial, and they’re trans and they’re lesbian. And so it’s this new way of looking at healthy love and saying it doesn’t have to look like what you were taught it was supposed to look like. And I love that. I think it’s extremely important.”
— Jamie Clayton (Nomi)
“I thought it was real and beautiful. Love is like this,” he said. “I see that it really helps in the understanding of someone that can be away from these two couples to feel the connection and how close we are when it comes to love. So how close we are altogether because we are all looking for that kind of love, a pure love you know? So I really love it.”
— Miguel Ángel Silvestre (Lito)