Some total dingus tagged all over the press… no no wait, that was just me printing some photo plate stuff in leftover purple. Good times, busting out some bhp tags.
Press needs some adjusting and a blanket change, which should be fun, I’ve never repacked an offset cylinder myself, just stood by and watched. Once this press is serviced I’ll move on to the letterpress shop and repack the Vandercooks, oh the joy.
Important side note:
Sometimes I miss writing a blog, like, not this printmaking-themed tumblr here, where I try to keep the personal to a bearable level, but a proper blog where one can vent, or, as is the case now, write about things that are important. Which is why I’m hijacking BHP, a tiny little bit:
If you’re a gamer or a feminist active online, you’ve probably heard of Anita Sarkeesian and her Feminist Frequency project, or in short: femfreq.
If you haven’t, worry not, this post is happy to spread the word.
Sarkeesian takes a dissecting look at the world of video games - linke below are two episodes I found extremely powerful:
Tropes vs Women in Video Games:
Women as Background Decoration, pt 1:
Women as Background Decoration, pt 2:
The beauty of Sarkeesian’s project is that you walk away from these episodes so changed. I mean, we all know the advertisment strategies “Sälj Grej Med Tjej” (swedish for “Sell Stuff with a Girl”) and all other forms of constant sexualized / victimized representation, but just how deeply it permeates the fictional gaming worlds is mindblowing.
What does it say about our culture when games routinely bend or break the laws of physics and no one bats an eye? When dragons, ogres and magic are inserted into historically influenced settings without objection. We are perfectly willing to suspend our disbelief when it comes to multiple lives, superpowers, health regeneration and the ability to carry dozens of weapons and items in a massive invisible backpack. But somehow the idea of a world without sexual violence and exploitation is deemed too strange and too bizarre to be believable.
(Quote Anita Sarkeesian, Women as Background Decoration pt 2, see transcript here)
If you have the heart, check out this post showing some of the responses her work elicits: http://femfreq.tumblr.com/post/96569154020/yes-please-explain-to-me-again-how-this-has
While it is to you, me and every other sensible human being out there a total mystery why people should resort to such drastic words and threats because someone posts videos that shine a critical light on the mechanics at work, the fact that we have a long way to go is undeniable. And as always, knowledge and awareness are the first steps, so watch and share these videos, whether you’re a gamer or not, because you’ll encounter these mechanisms so often. And where it is in your power to do so, oppose and change them!