In his analysis of the problems (real and falsely perceived) with the "pink aisle," MovieBob has some things to say about The Hunger Games—namely that it reinforces an outdated notion of male=good and female=bad by giving its heroine stereotypically masculine traits and the Capitol stereotypically feminine ones—that I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on.
(via: The Escapist)
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The image above may look like part of the advertisement for Mars Explorer Barbie, but it's not. Scientists were recently able to directly observe and acquire and image of planet GJ 504b. GJ 504b is not only the planet with the lowest mass of any that has been directly imaged in the past, but is also pink.
I have never before played a game with a preference for pink. Frills and ribbons aren’t my thing out in the real world, either, but it goes a little deeper than that. Like a lot of folks, I have a kneejerk aversion to games that are visually coded as “for girls.” Intellectually, I know there’s nothing (nothing!) wrong with pink, but something buried in my lizard brain always tells me this game is going to suck, move along. Last year, I gained some new perspective, thanks to an interview I had with Rachel Weil of FEMICOM. “We do typically have this gut reaction that games dressed up in bows won’t be any good at all,” she said. “But why?”
It was an eye-opening consideration for me, and I instantly thought of it when I found myself with a copy of Long Live The Queen, a strategy-heavy simulation game with a Magical Girl aesthetic. It wasn’t my style, or my preferred genre, but I told my lizard brain to shut up, and gave it a fair shot. I played, and played, and played. I'm still playing. Beneath the hearts and glitter lies a complex puzzle, one I have yet to unravel to my satisfaction. It has me hooked.
The next time you're confronted with something aggressively pink, magenta, or fuchsia that you're expected to embrace or reject because of your gender, don't try to ignore it. That's impossible. Instead only try to realize the truth:
There is no pink.
Short, informative video maker MinutePhysics is back, and is here to tell 9-year-old girls and guys wearing power shirts at business conferences everywhere that their favorite color, pink, doesn't actually exist. So, put down your Barbies and unpop your collars, sit back, and let MinutePhysics explain that our brains make up the color pink because it doesn't know how else to perceive the light that should go in pink's place.