8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Gamer Girl

This is something I wrote for Pop Culture Uncovered about sexist gaming culture. Even as a man, it’s disgusting and I think this is an important topic as video games become more and more advanced and popular.

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I admit up front that I don’t actually have a teenage daughter. However, I want to, and she and countless other girls will grow up in a culture of video games. So when I heard that a woman was sexually assaulted in a virtual reality game, I knew this world wasn’t ready for my daughter or anybody else’s.
So here are eight steps to making the virtual world safer and friendlier towards our sisters.

1. Just because you’re laughing doesn’t mean she is.
To you, it’s a joke. To her, it may be frightening or just plain repulsive. It’s good to laugh, but it’s far better, more respectable, and a greater measure of your own wit when everyone is laughing, not just you.

2. Talk to her like she’s really there.
Would you make that rape joke to her face? Would you use her in a sexually explicit sentence…

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Book Review: “Ghost Box” or “This is Why I Don’t Go to Los Angeles”

I saw this number as part of a cover artist's display at Realm Makers 2015 and I'd been meaning to read it since then (proving the power of good cover art). I finally snagged a copy and sat down to enjoy it. And yes, enjoy is the operative word. Not love, not revel in, but … Continue reading Book Review: “Ghost Box” or “This is Why I Don’t Go to Los Angeles”

An Example of How Humility Hurts Like Hell (but Feels So Good)

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75 YOF: “War of the Worlds” and Silly Sci-Fi Scariness (1953)

What's more 1950s than a movie about the space age and all the wonders and dangers lurking out there in the cosmos? Rockets! Lasers! Invasions! Golly-Gee Whillakers! THE PLOT: Martians attack Earth. Simple as. IS IT ANY GOOD? Not really. Back in the 1950s this may have been new and scary, but in 2016, there's … Continue reading 75 YOF: “War of the Worlds” and Silly Sci-Fi Scariness (1953)

75 YOF: “Don’t Bother to Knock,” the Marvelous, Maniacal Monroe (1952)

It's a bit hard to study film history without including Marilyn Monroe at some point. However, I wanted to look beyond her iconic appearance. Could she actually act? Here's a film that tries her talent, not just her physique. STORY: After being snubbed by his lover, a man named Jed starts flirting with a Nell … Continue reading 75 YOF: “Don’t Bother to Knock,” the Marvelous, Maniacal Monroe (1952)