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 →

people talking in public

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 →

Younger premiered on TVLand March 31, 2015. It’s about Liza, a 40-year-old woman, recently divorced, who must get back into the job market after staying home for fifteen years to raise her daughter. She interviews with execs in their mid-twenties who look down on her for her age. Well, they don’t just look down on her, they discriminate her for it. “That would be weird. I mean, assistants are generally right out of college, you’re way too old….” From the title and dialogue in the pilot I got the feeling that being in your 40s was akin to death:  if you’re a 40-ish mother you’reRead More →

The Sims 4 game art

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 →