Two Towers FTW
A Raven is Reborn
Several months ago, I took a break from playing as part of a team. I reverted to hacking daily for my sojourner and throwing the occasional quick link or field around my home portal. I needed this break because the “typical Ingress drama” was distracting me from accomplishing my goals outside of Ingress.
Some of this drama was related to my relationship with and some of it was not.
When the New Orleans anomaly was announced, my initial reaction was excitement, followed by fear of drama and harassment. I wanted to lead my team to victory again and have the same joy of beating Cade that I had previously. Unfortunately, it was quickly made clear to me by someone “in charge” (non-local) that I was unwelcome as a POC and unwelcome to even play in the event as an Enlightened agent.
I discussed this with several trusted ENL friends and eventually came to the decision that, even though it felt like letting the bad guys (the harassers, not Res agents) win, if I could no longer play Ingress as an Enlightened agent, I would play as Resistance. I left all chats and communities that I was still in, dropped all of my team gear to a local ENL agent, and submitted my official faction change request. Cade and I were both disappointed with this outcome (he had actually already bought me a green Level 16 patch for that “one day” when I would match him in level), but we are of course looking forward to playing together, starting today.
Some will scoff, “Of course she flipped, she’s the girl.” I urge those of you who have that gut reaction and others who discuss the matter to look deeper at correlation vs. causation in that argument. My experience and others I’ve heard of have indicated that the women either quit or flip because of the way they are treated by others (usually their own team), not because they are bullied or manipulated into doing so by their BF, because they are the weaker sex, or even because they are lower level agents. I also wholeheartedly believe this is an issue that doesn’t affect either team more than the other. Ingress may be a game with less blatant sexism than most but it is certainly not devoid of it altogether.
I will miss a lot of people who I enjoyed playing with and being in chats with - but I am excited to see how we will play as opponents. Please share this “burn notice” with any communities necessary and know that I have the utmost respect for you as individuals and as a global team.
“This is the underside of my world.
Of course you don’t want me to be stupid, bless you! you only want to make sure you’re intelligent. You don’t want me to commit suicide; you only want me to be gratefully aware of my dependency. You don’t want me to despise myself; you only want the flattering deference to you that you consider a spontaneous tribute to your natural qualities. You don’t want me to lose my soul; you only want what everybody wants, things to go your way; you want a devoted helpmeet, a self-sacrificing mother, a hot chick, a darling daughter, women to look at, women to laugh at, women to come for comfort, women to wash your floors and buy your groceries and cook your food and keep your children out of your hair, to work when you need the money and stay home when you don’t, women to be enemies when you want a good fight, women who are sexy when you want a good lay, women who don’t complain, women who don’t nag or push, women who don’t hate you really, women who know their job and above all—women who lose. On top of it all, you sincerely require me to be happy; you are naively puzzled that I should be wretched and so full of venom in this the best of all possible worlds. Whatever can be the matter with me? But the mode is more than a little outworn.
As my mother once said: the boys throw stones at the frogs in jest.
But the frogs die in earnest.”
― Joanna Russ
p.s. We all know I really switched so I can play with and .
p.p.s. Please don’t PM me about this unless you have something really, really nice to say. Even then I may not respond. I am notoriously unreachable these days, and today is even worse than usual because I left my tinfoil hat in the back of Cade’s car and he took it to work. #truestory
#Ingress #burnnotice #blueraven
End of the season for Carrollton Boosters. Evan's team team finished 7-1-2 on a 6-0 win today and Sydney's team lost in the championship playoffs on penalty kicks after double overtime.
Join us at Woldenberg Park (pin attached) for free mimosas until we run out. We also have Mimosa Mission Day (xfac) swag for a $5 donation to saveourcemeteries.org.
Getcha self here!
Also ridiculously freaked out about spending 3 months away from home & figuring out how to pay for this awesome life experience. But mostly PUMPED.
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