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Floodgates: OPEN! 
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What a voice. And Ms James knows how to control it; she can blow it out of the park but holds back so that, when she does blast it out, it's all the more powerful. A lot of those chart songstresses should learn from this, listen to Ms James, and some classics - Nina and Ella and Aretha and Billie.
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Brilliant, points up what a terrible movie this is perfectly
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Wow.

Tom Hardy, amazing cinematography and more explosions than you can shake a Michael Bay at.
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Even the audience sound embarrassed to be there
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Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Nooma Rapace - and written by Dennis Lehane? Hell yeah!
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I would prefer that there was no need to describe myself as a feminist. I can see why some people see it as a divisive word, purely because of the root and the association - female versus male - but also the social baggage that this carries. But that underlines why the concept IS so important, that we so readily see that duality as so important, so foundational, in the how we expect men and women to be. And being a feminist is not in opposition to other things; I seek equality of opportunity across the board, creed and colour and class, but I recognise that, even within those parametres, gender is a further barrier, a further level of discrimination, which is deeply rooted in our social structures and our conditioning. So, yes; I am a feminsit (which I shouldn't have to say) and I am a man (which should also not be relevant).
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I'm a feminist because I have enough empathy to realise we should all have a baseline of opportunity, that we all deserve to be treated with respect, that I would be appalled to be treated as so many women are treated and be ashamed to behave as so many men behave.

I am a feminist because it make sense for me and my partner and my child and everyone I care about. And, by extension, everyone else.
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Feminism isn't an essential part of life, in America, at least.
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Very well put. The CoC RPG does this excellently - as does The Laundry RPG (same system more or less) based on Charlie Stross' excellent Laundry novels. There is, as I'm currently finding, some excellent horror fiction out there that does a similarly superb job of leaving the reader unsettled and displaced, some of it overtly Mythos-inspired, some not.

As a tabletop GM, when I run these types of games the point is to balance the idea of "winning" with the existential horror; what is winning? Simply surviving? Reaching a goal, discovering something - that then potentially makes things worse? One of the greatest compliments I've ever received was my group telling me that they genuinely feel the threat of death or dissolution for their characters - despite the fact it is very, very rare for me to actually take a character out of the game.
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Nice. I wonder how a hot glass ball dropped into dry ice would look...
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To all those ranting and hating, let me just say this: this is not a personal attack on you. This is not an attack on you as a group. This is not saying that if you're a male gamer you are a misogynist and a bigot, it is not saying any of these things.

It is saying that there is a problem. Not in all games, not with all gamers - hell, not even with the majority - but it is a problem that is there and is too big to be ignored, because the people who do act like misogynists are very, very loud and vocal and make life seriously unpleasant for a whole section of our community. And some games (and the attitudes of some gaming studios) reinforces these attitudes.

And one more thing. Whether you agree or disagree, please think about how you respond. Think about it like this: if someone from outside the community saw the comments on this page, what would they think about you? If your message is "we're not misogynists aresholes" but the you express this with threats and anger and words like "mangina", which message comes across most strongly?
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+The Carpenter I'm pretty certain that I didn't imply there was any correlation between playing games and misogyny, so that is entirely irrelevant. Indeed, I'd suggest that it is simply an amplification of something in wider society. That fact that some people feel free to act like pricks because they can do so without repercussions does not make it acceptable.
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"There isn't anything more important that's going to happen while you're driving than the act of driving"
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