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“I F—k S—ts”; A Literary Analysis

Bo Burnham is a 23-year-old songwriter and performer. He use to upload videos frequently on youtube, but since his audience has grown, he does tours and live shows instead. Last year he published a book of poems and illustrations called, “Egghead: Or You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone”. One of the poems featured in his book is called “I F—K S—ts” on text, but said out loud it’s called I Fuck Sluts. It might not seem like it from the title, but “I F–k S–ts” is a poem about heartbreak.

The complete poem is about five stanzas long. Let’s take a look at the first Stanza.

Sluts, sluts, I fuck sluts.

Sluts get fucked when I fuck sluts.

No if and’s, and or but’s. I fuck sluts.

I fuck sluts.

The first stanza makes it obvious that the author Bo “fucks sluts”. This is due to him constantly repeating to his audience that he fucks sluts. Sluts, if you don’t know are promiscuous women, and the act of fucking is having casual non-romantic sex. Burnham seems to enjoy the false intimacy that he experiences with these sluts. Let’s move on to the second stanza.

Nice girls are nice but no good for nut-sucking,

You’ll need a serene night to green-light a butt fucking,

But that’ll be easy with sleazy old slut fucking.

Boo to the nice girls. Praise be to slut fucking!

In the second stanza Bo compares nice girls, and sluts. He prefers sluts, because it’s easier to get them to have sex with you. When it comes to nice girls, you have to take them out to dates, and spend time and money to get them to have sex with you. Sluts are also more likely to do more depraved sexual acts that some other women aren’t likely to do. These acts include such as “nut-sucking” and anal. He shames the nice girls, and applauds the sluts for this reason.

I have a list.

A list?

Yes, a list of all the sluts I’ve missed.

I’ve never fucked or sucked these sluts and thus my nuts are fucking pissed.

So when I fuck the lucky slut my nut removes her from the list.

Another dumb cum-bucket struck from my nut sucking,

“Suck it slut”, slut fucking bucket-list.

This third stanza shows how Bo treats these sluts. Once he gets what he wants from a slut he moves on with his life. These sluts serve the purpose to pleasure him for a short amount of time, and he then finds a new slut he hasn’t had sex with. The last few lines here are very vulgar; he uses derogatory language towards the slut while having sex with her, which shows his lack of respect towards them.

Sluts can be white, black, brown, pink, or almond.

They can be skinny with big tits or be skinny with small ones.

Sluts can be perky, preppy or posh with their brains and their clothes all shrunk from the wash.

The fourth stanza is probably one of the more humorous ones in the poem. Bo describes these sluts come in many different skin tones, but all are skinny.  The last line tells the audience that sluts aren’t very smart, and wear very little clothing that exposes their skin.

But other sluts are pretty and funny and smart.

These sluts can lift all your thoughts from your dick to your heart.

They can talk about science, music, or art.

They can put you together or they can pull you apart.

But don’t trust these sluts, don’t, don’t you dare.

They’ll force you to trust them and love them and care.

And then they’ll be gone and then you’ll be aware of that hole in your heart

That dumb slut left there.

The last stanza is where the tone of the poem takes a different tone. He talks about sluts who are smart and interesting, which contracts the last line from the fourth stanza. He warns the audience to stay away from these types of sluts, because they end up using, and then leaving you.

What starts out as a funny vulgar poem, holds a message about a horrible past experience and heartbreak. The poem is about how the character was hurt by these pretty, funny, and smart sluts, and how he, in turn emulated the personas of the sluts that hurt him.

8 months ago  #this is for school #yeah i'm actually going to pass this #i have no fucks to give #i have given up #bo burnham #i fuck sluts  3 notes

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2: Rape In Video Games…Again

There has been controversy about a scene in Castlevania: Lord of Shadows 2. The scene in question is called “the family scene”. The video isn’t up on the internet yet, but it was briefly described by one of the journalist by the name of Kat Bailey on the website, USGamer.

I’m sitting in a roundtable interview with a handful of journalists after having just spent more than an hour playing Lords of Shadow 2, the scene in question being one in which a withered Dracula stumbled toward a family with his arms outstretched, the camera abruptly switching to a first-person perspective. He kills the father outright, then grabs the mother and sinks his fangs into her neck, draining her life energy to restore his.

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She compares the scene to the box art of Rapelay, a Japanese game where you rape a mother, and her two underage daughters.  I just…

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Well, back to talking about the new Castlevania game, and rape. Many people have gone against her article, and said a vampire sucking blood has no connection to rape whatsoever. From what people typically know of vampires, they suck blood in order to live, nothing strange with that. But I’m trying to look at it from another perspective.

Why did Dracula kill the husband, and drink blood from the wife? Why didn’t he also drink from the man? Blood is blood isn’t it? Well…

The character that does this act is Dracula. The Dracula that I’m familiar with in the movies has a preference towards women. He has seduced Lucy and Mina countless times, in many different movies. Dracula uses the power of mind control, and hypnotism to lure these women.

Stay with me for a minute, I know that vamperic powers aren’t real, but if someone had the ability to use mind control, and hypnotism, even if the victim thinks they’re willing, it’s not really consent. It’s actually the opposite of consent. Their free will is partly being controlled by Dracula.

But they’re just food, right?

Watch these movies again. The victims not only become a “willing” food source for Dracula, but they also believe that they’re in love with him. That’s why they keep going to him, or letting him into their rooms despite their failing health. It’s subtle but the messages are there, and have been there for a very long time. At least since the Dracula novel, vampires have in some way been sexualized even if it’s not out in the open.

So I don’t think Kat Bailey’s perspective is such a huge stretch, you might argue differently. Kat Bailey wasn’t the only one who has played the first hour of Castlevania 2, she mentioned in the article that many of the other journalist were focused, and possibly uncomfortable by this particular scene.

I’m holding my final verdict, until I know more.

8 months ago  #castlevania #lord of shadows 2 #castlevania lord of shadows 2 #dracula #rape #feminism #gaming #rapelay  6 notes

You’re Not Beautiful Unless Someone Else Says So

Nash Grier has upset thousands of his mostly young female fans because of a few comments he has made in his “What Guys Look For In Girls” video. The video that was uploaded on youtube has since been taken down, but mirrors of it still exist on the site. If you don’t know who Nash Grier is, don’t worry I didn’t either until I saw a lot of youtube videos bashing him. Nash Grier typically makes Vine videos, and has more followers than Justin Bieber…I didn’t even know Justin Bieber made Vine videos.

Anyway, the two comments that got the most negative attention from the video were about not being too “easy to get”, because that would make the girl a “whore”; also he wants his ideal girlfriend would have to shave. The shaving part is the one that got the most outrage.

I don’t agree at all with Nash Grier, and I’m nowhere near the description of his “dream girl”. I’ve never done anything with my eyebrows or upper lip area, and I have hair on my arms (as well as other places). I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Sorry Nash, your lost.

 I believe you can be as slutty, and as hairy as you want. I don’t care, but I’m no Nash Grier, so you probably don’t care much for my opinion.

 The real problem I have, and the purpose of this post is other people’s reactions. Many other youtubers, such as Hank Green have called Nash Grier out, because he might hurt the self-esteem of his mostly female fans. Why not teach young girls to not rely on other people to make them feel good about themselves? Get rid of all this affirmation to feel “pretty”.

There have even been videos out that call on Nash Grier to apologize. Are you kidding me?  I really don’t think telling someone to apologize will ever result in something sincere. So what’s the point?

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Take a good look at Nash Grier, it’s no wonder that he has so many female fans. Vine videos are only about 6 seconds long, but his charm manages to shine through each time. But what if Nash wasn’t a young skinny white kid with piercing blue eyes, and nice hair? I doubt he’d have as many fans as he has now, especially female ones. Could these young teenage girls be *le gasp* following him online because of his looks?! And these same fans are upset because he holds them into a physical standard that they can’t or won’t obtain?! Oh no, I don’t believe it, that would be hypocritical.

Nash Grier totally crossed the line, girls are different, and sensitive to others feelings. It’s not like girls would do the same thing and talk about superficial qualities that they expect from boys…oh…wait…

 

8 months ago  #nash grier #self-esteem #what guys look for in girls #feminism #fangirls #vine famous #body hair #body image #cute guys #sexism #hank green  2 notes

Anonymous said: I saw your post in the bravely default tag, and I can assure you the dialog is most likely unchanged because, well, I've played the EU version and it definitely isn't kid friendly

Yay! Thanks, great to know that.

8 months ago
I’ve been looking forward to Bravely Default for about two years now. The amount of customization from the previews is what drew me into the game. All those costumes reminded me of Final Fantasy X-2, you can say whatever you want about that game, but I enjoyed it as a kid.
Anyway, last week there was news from IGN that the English version of the game has some changes; these include costume changes, increasing the ages of all of the protagonist, including the males, and changing the dialog to be more appropriate for children. I personally don’t really care about the physical changes, but don’t you dare change the dialog. Story, and dialog is very important, and I’ll be damned if I’m playing a water-down version of the game.
But.
According to youtuber AzuriteYT, IGN is false in claiming that the dialog has been modified for the EU version of the game. He has played the game, and states that it is “exactly the same as the Japanese version”. He talks about many spoilers in Bravely Default involving the storyline; this includes lots of disturbing detail that you wouldn’t expect from a 3DS game. I’m going to believe AzuriteYT, because I really want to play this game.
Back to the costume, age changes, and “censorship”; I wouldn’t really call it censorship as much as translation. The age of consent in Japan is somewhere around 14, depending on the regions. The age of consent in the United States is around 16-18, mostly 18. The aging up the characters and covering up skin makes sense.
I felt the same way about the Pokemon manga censorship. I’m not usually for censorship, but Misty is supposed to be 11-years-old, also the pokemon manga targets an elementary school audience, so I was happy that she was wearing more clothing for the English translation.

The Tinycartirage podcast theorizes the costume changes to the game were possibly there to make women who play the game more comfortable. Um, the costumes might be covered up a little more, but not by much. They’re still revealing, and really inappropriate to wear in a battle. Keep in mind that I don’t speak for all the women gamer population. My guess is that they would play the game regardless, me included.
I leave you with a picture of Ringabel, who is one of the four playable characters in the game. He’s wearing his DLC costumes, which is also unfortunately rumored to not be part of the American release.

 

I’ve been looking forward to Bravely Default for about two years now. The amount of customization from the previews is what drew me into the game. All those costumes reminded me of Final Fantasy X-2, you can say whatever you want about that game, but I enjoyed it as a kid.

Anyway, last week there was news from IGN that the English version of the game has some changes; these include costume changes, increasing the ages of all of the protagonist, including the males, and changing the dialog to be more appropriate for children. I personally don’t really care about the physical changes, but don’t you dare change the dialog. Story, and dialog is very important, and I’ll be damned if I’m playing a water-down version of the game.

But.

According to youtuber AzuriteYT, IGN is false in claiming that the dialog has been modified for the EU version of the game. He has played the game, and states that it is “exactly the same as the Japanese version”. He talks about many spoilers in Bravely Default involving the storyline; this includes lots of disturbing detail that you wouldn’t expect from a 3DS game. I’m going to believe AzuriteYT, because I really want to play this game.

Back to the costume, age changes, and “censorship”; I wouldn’t really call it censorship as much as translation. The age of consent in Japan is somewhere around 14, depending on the regions. The age of consent in the United States is around 16-18, mostly 18. The aging up the characters and covering up skin makes sense.

I felt the same way about the Pokemon manga censorship. I’m not usually for censorship, but Misty is supposed to be 11-years-old, also the pokemon manga targets an elementary school audience, so I was happy that she was wearing more clothing for the English translation.

Misty censorship

The Tinycartirage podcast theorizes the costume changes to the game were possibly there to make women who play the game more comfortable. Um, the costumes might be covered up a little more, but not by much. They’re still revealing, and really inappropriate to wear in a battle. Keep in mind that I don’t speak for all the women gamer population. My guess is that they would play the game regardless, me included.

I leave you with a picture of Ringabel, who is one of the four playable characters in the game. He’s wearing his DLC costumes, which is also unfortunately rumored to not be part of the American release.

 ringabel bravely default

8 months ago  #bravely default #censorship #3ds #jrpg #gaming #pokemon #misty #ringabel #bravely default censorship  20 notes
There is a transgender trainer in Pokemon X and Y. The “news” has been spread, and reblogged all over Tumblr. The character who is the center of attention is one of the “Beauty” (“Adult Miss” in the Japanese version) trainers. She tells your character that she used to be a “Black Belt” which is a male exclusive trainer in the games. There are no female “Black Belts” in the pokemon games, the female version of the Black Belt is known as the “Battle Girl”. You could argue that “Black Belt” could mean the status of her karate level, and not referring to her physical state in the past. Ok, I’m no karate expert, but I was under the impression that once you’re a black belt you typically hold that title for the rest of your life, but the Beauty trainer said she WAS a “Black Belt”. If you’re not convinced, it’s made more obvious in the Japanese version.

Literally translated the Beauty trainer says the following:
“I was a Karate King just half a year ago; the power of medical science is awesome, wouldn’t you say?”
“Karate King” is the Japanese version of the “Black Belt” trainers. The most telling evidence was the phrase “the power of medical science is awesome”. The power of medical science?! Medical science? It looks like medical science turned this.

Into this.

I’d like to have Beauty’s plastic surgeon so I could look just like her.
People have commented how progressive this is, but personally I believe the reasoning is much simpler than that. Think about it, whoever writes the dialog has to do it for hundreds of trainers. Each trainer has to say something different before, and after they fight you.
Some classic poetic dialog from the previous games includes:
"I like shorts; they’re comfy and easy to wear!"
And
"You’re not wearing shorts, what’s wrong with you?"
Most likely the writer didn’t put much thought into it, and moved on with his or her life afterwards. I highly doubt that this was an attempt to be forward thinking in terms of the LGBT community. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing. This Beauty doesn’t look or act any different from any of the other Beauty trainers you have to fight, and that’s what makes her so great. She’s just like any other person. I wouldn’t like it if Pokemon started parading all their gay and transgendered characters around like circus freaks.

There is a transgender trainer in Pokemon X and Y. The “news” has been spread, and reblogged all over Tumblr. The character who is the center of attention is one of the “Beauty” (“Adult Miss” in the Japanese version) trainers. She tells your character that she used to be a “Black Belt” which is a male exclusive trainer in the games. There are no female “Black Belts” in the pokemon games, the female version of the Black Belt is known as the “Battle Girl”. You could argue that “Black Belt” could mean the status of her karate level, and not referring to her physical state in the past. Ok, I’m no karate expert, but I was under the impression that once you’re a black belt you typically hold that title for the rest of your life, but the Beauty trainer said she WAS a “Black Belt”. If you’re not convinced, it’s made more obvious in the Japanese version.

transgendered pokemon trainer

Literally translated the Beauty trainer says the following:

“I was a Karate King just half a year ago; the power of medical science is awesome, wouldn’t you say?”

“Karate King” is the Japanese version of the “Black Belt” trainers. The most telling evidence was the phrase “the power of medical science is awesome”. The power of medical science?! Medical science? It looks like medical science turned this.

black belt

Into this.

beauty

I’d like to have Beauty’s plastic surgeon so I could look just like her.

People have commented how progressive this is, but personally I believe the reasoning is much simpler than that. Think about it, whoever writes the dialog has to do it for hundreds of trainers. Each trainer has to say something different before, and after they fight you.

Some classic poetic dialog from the previous games includes:

"I like shorts; they’re comfy and easy to wear!"

And

"You’re not wearing shorts, what’s wrong with you?"

Most likely the writer didn’t put much thought into it, and moved on with his or her life afterwards. I highly doubt that this was an attempt to be forward thinking in terms of the LGBT community. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing. This Beauty doesn’t look or act any different from any of the other Beauty trainers you have to fight, and that’s what makes her so great. She’s just like any other person. I wouldn’t like it if Pokemon started parading all their gay and transgendered characters around like circus freaks.

8 months ago  #pokemon xy #pokemon x #pokemon y #3ds #transgender #lgbt #pokemon trainer  66 notes

Last year, one of the biggest games that was released for the PS3 was The Last Of us. I did a Let’s Play of the entire game, finished it last month, and here are my views on the ending. This post has obvious spoilers so if you haven’t played the game, or watched a let’s play, what are you waiting for? Shoo.

While playing I would often speculate what the possible ending might be.

What I thought the ending to The Last Of Us was going to be like:

Joel would somehow get infected by the end of the game. He’s been hanging out with Ellie way too much, and all those spores he’s been exposed too has come to bite him in the brain. Ellie blood is extracted for the vaccine, but they can’t make it fast enough to save Joel. Everybody is sad, the end.

What actually happened in The Last Of Us ending:

Joel finds out that the firefly doctors need to kill Ellie for the vaccine. He kills everybody in the hospital, the two doctors are optional to kill. He escapes with an unconscious Ellie, and lies to her when she regains consciousness about the fireflies. Ellie senses bullshit coming from Joel. The end.

I can honestly say that I didn’t see this ending coming. I guessed that Ellie might have to die for the vaccine, but I didn’t predict Joel’s actions upon finding out the fireflies had to kill Ellie.

I had a very hard time killing the doctors, I have a lot of relatives that work in the healthcare field, and it just didn’t feel comfortable for me to kill doctors. The scene plays out that you have to stab the one doctor, but I just left the room with Ellie afterwards without killing the other two. I just couldn’t do it, doctors are very important to have in a post-apocalyptic world!

Other than that, I was happy that Naughty Dog went for this type of ending. The last 20 minutes of the game were the most intense anxiety-inducing part.  I can understand where Joel is coming from with his choices. Almost everybody that Joel and Ellie have come across has screwed them over. Joel doesn’t want to save that world if it means he loses the one thing he has left to live for. He rather live in this hell with monsters than to live in a world with no “monsters” without Ellie. I really respect his character for not being the typical “save the world, hero”. He’s just a human, with selfish desires.

When it comes to storytelling, and characters, The Last Of Us is one of the best. I’m so happy that I got to play this game.

I have a feeling the main playable character for the sequel will be Ellie. In the beginning of the game you plays as Sarah, and then as Joel. At the very end you get to control Ellie, so it seems to me that Joel’s playable story has come to an end for the next game.

8 months ago  #the last of us #the last of us joel #the last of us ellie #the last of us ending #naughty dog #gaming  3 notes

The newest video in Anita Sarkeesian’s controversial series, “Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games” is titled “Ms. Male Character”. Her point was that in many games the default character is typically a man, and the female counter-part is just the man with make-up and not much personality to back up her character as an individual. This is a topic I haven’t really thought about at all, so it’s quite an eye opener for me. In Anita Sarkeesian’s past videos about damsels in distress, she connected domestic violence with mercy killing in a game, which I very much disagreed on. She didn’t jump into those types of conclusions with her Ms. Male Character video. Out of all the videos that Anita has posted so far, I believe that this is the one where she has the strongest argument, and that I agree most on. My biggest argument against the video itself is that she drags it on for far too long just to get to a simple point across.

Of course, you can’t have an Anita Sarkeesian video without some criticism, the most common one that I heard is Anita using “gender signifiers”. Gender signifiers in a game include adding a bow, make-up, and longer eyelashes to let the player know that that particular character is female; there are none of these types of signifiers typically for the men. People seem to be under the impression that because Anita wears make-up and hoop earrings in her videos that she’s being a hypocrite on her own argument against “gender signifiers”, but she never said that bows in themselves were bad, what was bad was the women were “marked”, made to look quite similar except for a distinct accessory (usually a bow) to let them know that their gender was different. This made the Ms. Male Character basically a copy of their male counterparts, but with a pink accessory to let gamers know that they aren’t the original, they’re the “other”.

Another argument I hear a lot against Anita’s Ms. Male Character video is “Well at least there is a female character, why are you complaining when the developers are trying to make it equal?” She’s complaining because while these female characters do exist in these games they have very little individual personalities asides from the fact, they’re a girl, that’s it, that’s they’re whole agenda. The female character is there to be the female that exist in the game, and that girls can “relate” to. But honestly, from girls’ perspective I can say that It’s not enough just because someone is a girl in a team of guys. We’re not that simple.

mrs. pacman

I understand, especially during the pacman times that developers didn’t have that many pixels to work with and it was difficult to portray gender, since story making, and dialogue weren’t much of a priority as it is now. I can’t argue with that.

fem! shep

But what about fem!Shep, really? There is just no excuse for her treatment nowadays. A modern game that is so engaging such as Mass Effect, yet the other protagonist is just there to be the female version, and isn’t even featured in most of the marketing. That’s definitely an issue.

I found Anita Sarkeesians video to be very good, I’ve said some criticism on her past videos but it is really hard to argue with “Ms. Male Character”. It was simple, and most of all it actually made sense. I liked that, I hope this continues in her future arguments.

8 months ago  #anita sarkeesian #feminst frequency #tropes vs women #ms. male character #feminism #feminist  2 notes