Sims 4 gender update

Last year, I wrote about gender expression in the Sims and how amazing it would be if the game introduced the concept of a gender spectrum, rather than a gender binary…. A recent Sims 4 update revealed something that I never thought would actually come about. “For the first time, you’ll be able to customize your Sims without the gender boundaries previously set in place. This means you can now create Sims with any type of physique, walk style, and tone of voice you choose – regardless of their gender. We’ve also made clothing, hair, jewelry, and other visual options available to all Sims.” –Read More →

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I have a three-hour commute, and in all that reading time, I’ve come across a few articles in the past couple of months about women and tentative speech. Tentative, or indirect, speech, as I’ve come to understand it, is speech that seeks to not offend or take a firm stance.  For example, beginning a comment with, “I’m sorry, but…” or peppering in words like “just” or “I think,” to make it clear that you’re stating an opinion, not a statement, so it’s okay to disagree.  It’s the other side of the pendulum to assertive speech. At first, I was very enthusiastic about women eliminating so-calledRead More →

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The other day, I came across a video by one of my favorite youtube channels, PBS Ideas Channel.  It was about gender, specifically gender as portrayed in the Sims. Now, I came to the Sims franchise fairly late in life. At least, I only played it for the first time about two years ago when I got a copy of the Sims 3 in a Humble Bundle. It didn’t take long before I was a little… obsessed. I could play hours at a time, switching between one of my five families to another. They all had their own backstories, relationships, and, of course, their ownRead More →

I spent a great deal of my childhood playing with dolls. Recently, I was looking back through my baby book and realized my mom had a tradition of giving me a Christmas doll every year. She still has most of them… who am I kidding? She has ALL of them, safe and on display in her living room. These were special dolls, ones I didn’t play with, mostly Madame Alexander‘s, including the First Ladies series (the presidents’ wives in their inaugural dresses). They were kept safely in a glass front, display cabinet. I took them out from time to time to look them over, readRead More →

This week, we are delighted to have Sandi Glahn join us on the show again. We are really enjoying what has become a yearly tradition of talking about gender related topics with Sandi. She always has great insight and empowering and uplifting messages. This week, we are bouncing around ideas for a potential panel at Geek Girl Con next year. We have some fantastic moments of insight and some great personal stories we share from our experiences growing up. If you’re looking for some last minute holiday entertainment for Christmas Eve, remember you can listen to our old time radio play with at 8pmRead More →

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Writer and editor Susana Polo from The Mary Sue joins us on the show this week. We have a great conversation about how The Mary Sue came about four years ago, the power of the internet to connect fandoms, and, of course, countless comic book heroes and heroines. In our Gender Sells segment, we talk about Chevy driving, horse owning women, “Tips” from All State, and proof that booth babes don’t help product sales. Give this episode a listen and let us know what you think in the comments! Until next time, game on! Regina & Rhonda Regina McMenomyRegina is the founder and lead ambassador of The Geek Embassy.Read More →

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We have an eclectic show for you this week. We take on several different topics in one show! Introducing a new segment, we talk about gender stereotypes in commercials. “Gender Sells” will become a regular segment and one we’d love to hear your suggestions about. Then we talk about two short Wonder Woman videos shared with us by a listener. We also talk about game narratives that aren’t inherent to the game. Then we WRaP up with how we’re geeking out this week. So many good topics, such a great conversation! Links Discussed: Gender Sells: Chevy “Crazy” Cruise and Bounty Dad Wonder Woman Short Films:Read More →

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This week we have one of our all time favorite guests back on the show: Dr. Sandi Glahn. Sandi first joined us on episode 17, where we talked about the origins and evolution of gender stereotypes. We return to the basics of feminism, revisiting the differences between sex and gender, a common conflation we’ve all noticed recently. We discuss other topics including sexism in mainstream media, harassment, and assless-chaps. Sandi joins us as we WRaP up our week, talking about what we’re Watching, Reading, and Playing. You can take a guess what social game Rhonda & Sandi get me hooked into playing again! We’d love to hearRead More →

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This week we talk about an awesome internet meme that’s really taken off in the last few months: gender flipping. We’re sure you’ve seen the pictures of our favorite male superheroes posed like female superheroes. Listen for our discussion of visual and textual gender flipping. Let us know what you think about this meme in the comments. What’s your favorite example? Links we discuss: Is Gender Flipping the Most Important Meme Ever? Fly Girl Gamers: Game on, Ladies If Male Superheroes Posed Like Wonder Woman FullyM: What Does Pin-Up Photography Look Like With Male Models The Hawkeye Initiative Disclaimer: We had some technical difficulties with the audioRead More →

Well it’s that time of year. E3 happened last week. We recorded this episode shortly after some pretty controversial events happened at the Microsoft press conference. Listen to hear us discuss the power of language and how we should all be kinder to each other. Click here to see a transcript and a video of the Microsoft conference. Click here to see the Tweet backlash Anita Sarkeesian suffered. Click here for a discussion about the cat-call and  what sloppy banter says about overall game culture. We would love to hear your thoughts about E3 and these events. Leave us a comment here. Until next time, game on! ReginaRead More →