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Gender Neutral MTV Awards

1980: I WANT MY MTV !                      2017: I WANT MY MTV…GENDER-NEUTRAL!

Wow, turns out somebody was actually listening! In an interview with CNN, MTV’s president Chris McCarthy announced some changes to their annual Movie & TV Awards. Some new categories include “Best American Story” and “Best Fight Against the System”, but best of all, the show is doing away with gender-based categories, like “Best Actress”.

“[Today’s audience doesn’t] see those lines in the way that generations in the past have,” McCarthy said. “So we wanted to take those down. They felt really antiquated.”

And he’s right. Just recently, Billions star Asia Kate Dillon wrote to the Television Academy about such category names. Dillon articulately pointed out that if such categories mean ‘best performance by someone who identifies as this gender or that one’, then where is the room for nonbinary performers? How is someone like Dillon supposed to submit their work for Emmy consideration?

The Television Academy responded with surprising open-mindedness, saying “anyone can submit under either category for any reason.” Dillon opted for Best Actor, as the term historically refers to a performer regardless of gender. The MTV Awards is following suit:  they will use ‘actor’ to refer to all candidates in a category.

MTV Awards joins The Grammys and Britain’s National Television Awards by opting for non-gendered categories. But will this be the start of a larger conversation for Hollywood?

Catch MTV’s Movie and TV Awards on Sunday, May 7th.

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Bye Bye, Binary: Custom Gender in “Sims 4” Update

Since its original release sixteen years ago, The Sims has been a fairly progressive franchise. But now, in its Sims 4 iteration, the game may be surpassing the real world.

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In a free update released yesterday, the Sims 4 now allows for customization of gender. Even though Sims 3 provided a huge improvement in customizable body type, players were still limited to Male and Female for gender. This dictated the types of clothing the character could wear, their ability to produce children biologically, and, obviously, the pronouns that referred to them. That limit continued into Sims 4 – BUT NO LONGER!

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“It Gets Worse”: The Importance of Leelah Alcorn

We here at the Daily Geekette are saddened by the death of Leelah Alcorn. Although many of you may not have heard of her until today, we ask that you not let her name fall into obscurity as New Year’s festivities clog up media coverage that matters.  All lives matter, but not all lives are threatened by the persecution transgender people face.

It is difficult to give you a hard statistic on how many transgender lives are lost each year because such studies are still relatively new. The short answer is, too many. According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the prevalence of suicide attempts among the respondents was 41%! The only hard fact we can give you is that Leelah Alcorn is one of far too many of those losses.

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Leelah Alcorn was a seventeen year old transgender woman who committed suicide two days ago. The Ohio native published her suicide note via a queued Tumblr post: in it, Leelah cited her parent’s strict Christian beliefs and unacceptance as a detriment to her mental health and identity.

[When I told my mom] she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong. If you are reading this, parents, please don’t tell this to your kids. Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don’t ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won’t do anything but make them hate them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.

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FCKH8’s Little Princesses Who Pull no Punches

I remember when I saw the first FCKH8.com video, and thinking wow that’s really clever because it took the idea of Prop 8 and turned it into and anti-hate idea. I wasn’t aware that they had expanded their message against hate until I saw their new video. FCKH8 has now broadened their causes by approaching racial and gender inequality on top of their original cause of LBGT equality.

The video recently released by the site is one to get people to think about what gender inequality really means. This video is a bunch of very little girls saying a lot of not very nice words. They want you to know that they aren’t pretty, little, helpless, princesses, as is usually associated with girls. I’ve heard many people say that they don’t like it when girls swear because it somehow changes the way they see them. Speech being one of the main freedoms a person is born with should be the last thing someone tries to use to restrict someone based on gender. These girls go on to explain that there are much worse words that they could say than dropping the F-bomb. The words they use are pay inequality, rape & violence, and be pretty.

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Confessions of a Rogue Reader

Since my fellow Geekettes have been entwined in the events — both good and bad — of an overwhelming and wonderful book con, I decided that this week was a good time to review a book I picked up over six years ago.

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Pictured here: 15-year old Jenn with a borrowed (awesome) hat.

Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress, a book by Shelly Mazzanoble, was released in 2007 by Wizards of the Coast –– the company behind D&D. I read it when it was just released and I was a sophomore in high school, embarking on my first “real” campaigns amidst the dungeons.
I had played one-shots before, but my party had never really had one overall cohesive campaign. When I bought it, I was fifteen, geeky, gawky, and comfortable being weird. At that point in my life, I had no concept of fashion, no enjoyment for “retail therapy”, and no
desire to be the stereotypical girly girl.
I was more inclined to wear as many quirky hats and buttons as I could pin on, sing Rent songs at the top of my longs on streets, and do the cotton-eyed joe dance in the middle of a crowded cafeteria.*

(*Actual mortifying things I did, and honestly still occasionally do, in public.) Continue reading Confessions of a Rogue Reader