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  1. I love that he made a list. And that he kept going to 32. I mean I love it, but wouldn't you stop after like 12 at most? What a mean girl. It's delightful.
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    Video Games: Keanu Re3ves Is Breathtaking

    Every time I think I'm out... What does the bolded mean? "Pull this off." Pull what off? Depicting people in a piece of art? There's no magical standard of representation that a producer of art has to reach in order to present their vision. That's not what art is. You, the audience, are presented with a depiction of the world as the artist or their creation sees it. "Art is not a democracy", to quote a certain someone we may all be familiar with. It can be criticized, it can be analyzed, but it should never ever be standardized. That's how you get network television. I took an extra minute here to avoid any impulse to take a cheap shot, but do you understand how patronizing your last sentence sounds? You're saying that representation of my specific minority group is contingent on some kind of litmus test, with the obvious implication being that CDPR shouldn't have touched the subject at all. That if some people have doubts they just shouldn't have trans characters in the game, it's the only way to be sure. Surely you can see why that would make some people apoplectic? For the record, I know in here the discussion was mostly centered around representation of women by the company and workplace habits. That seemed like it was under discussion already, whereas the trans thing I wanted to bring up myself. One more time, for absolute clarity's sake. We are not talking about a company that made a Rape Simulator or Women Strangler 5: The ReStrangling. They made some games that objectified women in the orbit of a boring white guy. And I've heard some things about gay jokes! And... what, exactly? Women are objectified by nature in our society. It's called 'giving away' a bride when a woman gets married, a transfer of ownership. Gay kids get electrodes stuck to their brains. Trans folks get lynched. These are actual problems, and an immature depiction of said persons is not comparable at all. I can handle a tasteless joke or juvenile attitude towards something, thanks. I do that every day. I'm an adult. Not being purposefully maligned is all that I ask before considering a subjective work, and there is nothing, nothing, to indicate that CDPR set out with the intention to be mean to transgender people. So even just expressing "skepticism about their ability to pull this off" comes across immediately as having taken patronizing offense on behalf of a subject entity. And finally, finally, the whole point of art is to express and consider. For both parties. The audiences considers the material and expresses their own response, whereas the creator expresses their vision and then considers both the material and the audience's reaction. By every account, women got better representation as the Witcher series progressed, with that sex card system being in the first game that came out twelve years ago and not appearing since. You have to give them a chance to try, and especially to fail, so that they can learn. Attacking without consideration is how you drive people into the hands of the Nazis or make them divorce entirely from the issue. That's basic human interaction dynamics.
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    Video Games: Keanu Re3ves Is Breathtaking

    Alright, I had no intention of posting further but I don't want what seems to be a misunderstanding to undermine my point. I'll admit it was a bit of a rant, but boy have I been filled with impotent exasperation for like a week so bear with me. Video games can absolutely be art. The Witcher 3 is a masterpiece that I personally don't much enjoy, for example. Now whether all games are art, that's a different conversation for the Madden message boards. My intention was never to denigrate games as an art form themselves, which I can only assume was inadvertently suggested by my use of italics and bolding. I was just trying to stress both words in a visually interesting way. That's my bad if this is what caused confusion. In more succinct verbiage I would posit that making broad (and ignorant) proclamations against a piece of -unfinished- art and demanding that it conform to your personal interpretations of X subject is antithetical to what art is. I literally cannot understand the idiocy required to do this. Criticizing art? Sure, call out how fucking gross Birth of a Nation is. Please, do that. I'll help. Don't even get me started on the character assassination perpetrated on Kate Austin and Hugo Rheyas in LOST revolving around their gender and weight, respectively. But having to watch people who claim to be my ally use an infrequent representation of people like me as a chance to up their liberal cred over nothing is fucking demeaning. Maybe I'm wrong, I just happen to know something about what it's like to find out (and cheer, I actually cheered when I first heard trans people were normal in Cyberpunk and you could customize your character accordingly) that game you've been interested in for 5 years is gonna have trans people in it. Then watch as the game was trashed by "allies" who just can't bear the thought of me getting to have a sliver of representation somewhere unless it's exactly the way they want it. That's my piece. Thanks for listening, way cheaper than a shrink.
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    Video Games: Keanu Re3ves Is Breathtaking

    HA! haha! Oh my fucking god, haha! Bro it's a videogame. It's a fucking video game. Are you kidding me? Like seriously, is this a fucking joke? Personally, I never got more than a couple of hours into the game because I think Geralt is boring and I prefer to play rpgs as a lady. But this. Oh my god, people. I'm trans, and I was beyond excited to hear that CDPR was gonna depict trans folks in the game. I don't really give a damn if they don't do it right. I'm grateful that they're gonna represent people like me in a way that doesn't feel wildly patronizing (Hi, Krem de la creme). I don't want to be treated with kid gloves and coddled to appease some white bread motherfucker's delicate sensibilities. If CDPR has a take on how trans people would fit into their world (where transgender people are so normal as to be part of broad marketing strategies) it would be nice if I could see what they have to say before a bunch of outrage heroes tell me what the fuck I'm supposed to have been offended by. This shit is cray cray, people! I don't post much anymore for a reason, but fuck. If you don't like it you don't have to play it, but the wild accusations of X-phobia this and Z-phobia that are way out of bounds. Just one person's take. Ugh.
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    LGBTQ+ 6 -- It's a Rainbow of Flavors

    It is my experience with those of my kind that they like to talk a lot. It is unbearable but also completely understandable. Most trans folks have kept a large part (too large, in most cases I find) of their personality bottled up for years or decades and are excited to talk it out or explore their feelings with someone other than themselves. I can't stand it, personally, but I've also caught myself falling into the trap so I can I think relate with some objectivity the dynamic. So if you can handle it, let them talk themselves out.
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    Makeup VI : SPFantastic

    Is it true that you're not supposed to shampoo/condition every day?
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    Makeup VI : SPFantastic

    I will be reviewing the provided material with the same determination that saw me win the day while I programmed my GPS. Thank you both. I heard somewhere that using heat was bad for your hair. Is that true? I also heard that toweling it is bad, washing too much is bad, and the wrong shampoo/conditioner is bad.
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    Makeup VI : SPFantastic

    Very well, here I am. Do you know a source I can use for learning application? Or should I just use whatever YOUTUBE turns up? Further, perhaps you or someone here has some kind of insight as to what I should do with my hair. I hesitate to call it a mop at this point, it is simply... there. I don't know what to do with it, or how to get it to do something as simple as be straight. Every time I take a brush to it it just gets weirder. My thanks again, of course.