1. 06:04 20th Sep 2014

    Notes: 2374

    Reblogged from barbex

    Tags: BioWareDragon Age










    One of the things I love so much about Donnic’s role in DA2 is that throughout the game, he plays the parts traditionally occupied by a woman.

    Here in Act 1, he is the vulnerable damsel in distress: he’s in over his head, overpowered by forces he doesn’t understand, and he’s saved at the nick of time by our fearless hero, completely wowed — dumbstruck even — by her strength and skill and prowess. He thinks she’s beautiful, not because she’s in a pretty dress or laughing coquettishly but because she just saved his ass from a fuckton of gangsters. (As a side note, the OP must have turned off persistent gore, because at this point, my Aveline is usually covered head to toe in blood — which only supports what I’m saying.) 

    In Act 2, Donnic is the prize to be won, the trophy to be fought for. Winning his love is the cause for which Aveline bends over backwards and makes a complete ass out of herself. We’re not given a reason as to why Aveline would go to so much trouble on Donnic’s behalf, but this is only curious because Aveline is a woman; for there are plenty of male heroes in literature, from Shakespeare to Bronte, for whom we’re given no reason, apart from the fact that the hero once looked at his prize and decided, I must woo her. .

    In Act 3, Donnic is the supportive spouse. He lends her a hand in her endeavors but does not eclipse her; he is content to stand in the ranks with all the other guardsmen and bask proudly upon the leader that his wife has become. His sphere is the domestic: His interactions with the other characters—Fenris and Isabela—are primarily social, and even when he visits the Rose he does so in order to provide Aveline with a happier home.

    I find the way that Aveline and Donnic’s relationship subverts gender stereotypes incredibly empowering for both sexes — not just for women who might find themselves the literal or metaphorical breadwinners of their relationships, but for the men who fall in love with them. In Donnic’s example, you have a man who highly values his ability to support and enable his competent spouse; who is made vulnerable and readily accepts help from others without making a stink over it; who allows himself to be the object of another’s affections (rather than demanding it happen, like so many romantic heroes); who is strong, yes, but who doesn’t have to make more money or have more status or hold more power than his wife, or “be the man”, as it were (god do i hate that term).

    I mean, lots of fantasy stories have kickass women, but few represent any men who appreciate them for that. Men like Donnic, who don’t want to dominate or surpass their woman’s kick-assery but instead support and enable it, are so rare in fiction, and it’s just another reason why I think Dragon Age is the best series on earth because: feminism. 



    This is why I’m not too upset about Aves not being a love interest; Donnic/Aveline is just so cute and their relationship inverts so many tropes. It’s incredibly refreshing.

    Precisely why I’ll likewise never be upset that Aveline isn’t a real LI. (Even if the friend-kiss with Hawke is fucking adorable.) Aveline’s status of strength isn’t challenged or subverted by her relationship with Donnic. And this type of relationship is sadly underrepresented in media, where even if the woman is given an element of power, it’s somehow corrupted, flawed, or semi villainous, which is not at all the case here.

    And can I just add that I was ecstatic to see a woman in a marriage in media for once not immediately be turned into this nurturing maternal figure whose sudden sole motivation is having and rearing children? (Not that I’m at all saying wanting them is bad, but it’s seriously underrepresented in the case of women not wanting them.)

    Yesssss. I love their marriage in Act 3, it’s portrayed as so normal and natural, which is rare in any media. A romantic relationship that doesn’t involve the protag, with the woman still a powerful force in the game? AWESOME.

    Agreed with all of the above. Another thing I love about Aveline and Donnic’s marriage is that it’s her second marriage, but she never disavows her feelings for Wesley. She loved him, she lost him, and she moved on to another happy relationship. So refreshing, as compared to the “first love is always true love” trope that’s so common in most media.

    These babies are the best babies.

    An OTP that makes me smile.

    (Source: cadassh)

  2. 08:37 19th Sep 2014

    Notes: 3111

    Reblogged from jethroq

    image: Download



dont think ill ever get tired of tim schafer laying the smackdown on gamergate nerds

The last two seal the deal



    dont think ill ever get tired of tim schafer laying the smackdown on gamergate nerds

    The last two seal the deal

    (Source: superhighschoolleveldoujinauthor)

  3. spicyshimmy:


    customizable elf ears. customizable. elf ears. customizing the shape of our elfquisitors’ ears. i just. you. we. this is huge


    I’m legitimately excited for this, what the fuck went wrong in my life

  4. 07:13

    Notes: 2986

    Reblogged from lgbtlaughs



    … this is like two valid points wrapped up in five different layers of holier-than-thou, pretentious bullshit.

    > the idea that the band playing Coachella is their Mecca of acceptance and validation. Phfff. As if.

    All we need is Three Chords And The Truth!

  5. 06:57

    Notes: 13

    Reblogged from thebreadloafpoet

    Tags: I love you Carolyn &lt;3


    I just saw this post: That random person you met online and now is a big part of your life.

    And. I decided to make a separate post instead of reblogging it, because I just really wanted to put this out there.

    I have met so many amazing people on the internet. I’ve met someone who I tell way too much to all the time (see: antligenhemma) and he’s amazing. I’ve met someone who challenges me intellectually on a constant basis and I can guarantee that when he’s online, my dashboard won’t be boring (see: entjadun). I’ve met someone who I trust enough to edit my poetry for me and trust me, that’s a big deal (see: fandreagibson). I’ve met someone who taught me way move about loving myself than I thought I would ever know (see: stompymac). I’ve met someone who always makes me smile and who is a fucking amazing artist and an amazing writer and I’m so pumped to read it’s novel(s) that WILL get published someday (see: steve-leopard). I’ve met someone who is cute and lately, a lot more like me than anyone else in my life (see: leather-jacket-nepeta). I’ve met someone who is easily one of the nicest, sweetest people I have ever met- but can also tear you a new asshole in about two seconds flat (see: katsuricata). I’ve met someone who, even though we don’t talk very often, is one of the most amazing guys I have ever met and who is way smarter than he should be (see: redeyemaniac). I’ve met this girl who is uncomfortably like me and who’s insanely gorgeous and who has this huge, soft spot for animals (see: bloodandsaxa). I have met this girl who is just as geeky as I am and is incredibly kind (see alicetripsonacid). 

    I met you guys ONLINE. All but two of you, I’ve known at least two years. Three of you, I’ve known since I started using tumblr over four years ago. 

    Seriously. The internet is like. The best thing ever. Each of you are like me in so many ways it floors me. But, also, it makes me incredibly happy because without the internet, I would have felt like I was alone in a lot of ways.

    You guys make the world less lonely.

    I’m gonna go do my homework now. 

  6. 18:44 14th Sep 2014

    Notes: 8545

    Reblogged from ohboyafangirl

    meeting Jesus in the afterlife

    1. jesus: i have the answer to all of humanities questions
    2. me: what does cr1tikal look like
  7. 18:42

    Notes: 29840

    Reblogged from barbex



    Stephen Colbert on Late Night with Seth Meyers


    TCR | 2007.03.12 | It reads: “Dear Stephen, As editor-in-chief of Marvel, I am burdened with the handling of our character’s estates and the sad event that a hero should perish before his time. Captain America’s will was read last Friday, and while heavy hearted, I am proud to announce the star spangled Avenger has bequeathed his most valuable possession, his indestructible shield, to the only man he believed had the red, white, and blue balls to carry the mantle. Stephen Colbert. Welcome to the Marvel Universe. Sincerely, Joe Quesada.

    How can you but just love this?

  8. 18:39

    Notes: 21

    Reblogged from barbex


    Professional feminist media criticism is so frustrating because for one thing it seems like female* critics are only invited to weigh in on things as a special expert witness on the topic of gender. You can’t just criticize a thing, you have to be there to provide the Female(tm)…

  9. 18:30

    Notes: 469

    Reblogged from jethroq




    For instance, let’s say there’s a movement called #GamerGate, about irate gamers protesting the lack of ethics in gaming journalism. OK, sounds like a good, simple cause. Now, let’s say the specific ethical breach that enraged them is about a feminist indie game designer who a bunch…

    Except that this woman fucking admitted to doing what she was accused of, and TWICE shut down an organization designed to get women into the gaming industry.

    Fuck you, Cracked.

    She admitted she had sex with a journalist. That doesn’t mean there’s some great conspiracy to force feminism into games.

    And of course, Fine Young Cannibals is a bullshit  org. They’re asking for women to give creative input for free for the chance  of their game of getting made, but also, exclude trans women, and when talking about politics in any way, it is clear they have no clue about what faminism is.

    I would highly suggest you, you know, read the article, especially the part where they talk about the  IRC logs from the 4chan raid chatroom, and then fucking come say with a straight face that it’s about “journalistic ethics” or wahtever bullshit you think this is about. Except you don’t, when you’re using Zoe’s personal sex life as an argument, which means you consider airing people’s laundry a valid topic of discussion.

    (Source: cracked.com)

  10. 17:16 13th Sep 2014

    Notes: 1

    Tags: Pokemon

    look at this motherfucker
look at it
Getting a shiny Giratina is so my life goal right now.
I don&#8217;t know how, I don&#8217;t know why, but what I do know is this: you will be minnnne

    look at this motherfucker

    look at it

    Getting a shiny Giratina is so my life goal right now.

    I don’t know how, I don’t know why, but what I do know is this: you will be minnnne