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Dorian Wright on the GayGamer.com denial-of-service attacks

(postmodernbarney.com)

GayGamer.net was offline for most of the weekend after being targeted by denial of service attacks and homophobic postings on their message boards. To the credit of the video-gaming community, most people recognize this as a bias-motivated attack.

There were, of course, other reactions. You can see some of them on display in this thread at Kotaku. For those without the patience to read through, and I don't blame you for not having it, a certain segment of the on-line video gaming community responded to the attack with some variation of "they had it coming." Not because it's a gay site and gays are icky, mind you. But because by specifically setting up the site as being primarily for gay and lesbian gamers, they're setting themselves up for these kinds of attacks. Because they're setting themselves apart. Because they think they're better than you. Because they have to be special. Because it's only about sex. Because they want special rights. Because they want their issues catered to. Because there's no "need" for a gay video game site, because sexuality has nothing to do with video games, and it's not as if all the other video game sites are for straight people.

I don't have to say it, do I?

The very fact that the site was attacked in a homophobic manner points out the need for a gay video game site. That people are so used to the heteronormativity of video games that they can't see that, yes, video game sites assume their readership is heterosexual, points to the need for a gay video game site. That the default insult for the teen/post-teen male audience that most video game sites cater to is "gay" or "fag" points to the need for a gay video game site.

Which, in a roundabout way, brings me to comics. . . .

August 06, 2007

Michigan teenager, charged with first degree criminal sexual misconduct for consensual relationship with thirteen-year-old

2 troubled young lives, a felony sex case

God this stuff is heartbreaking. He was 17, she was 12. She got pregnant. He attempted suicide. He is being locked up for a very long time.

Now, I think that seventeen-year-olds should not be having sex with twelve-year-olds, but I don't think life in prison sounds like justice, do you?

I had friends in high school--guys who were maybe seventeen or eighteen--who dated fourteen-year-old girls. Should they have been put in prison for the rest of their lives? Of course not. What the hell is going on here, America?

ECORSE -- Days before his 13-year-old girlfriend gave birth to a daughter in October, then 17-year-old Blake Blythe doused himself in charcoal lighter fluid and lit a match.

Flames seared around his T-shirt, leaving a V-shaped burn on his chest -- a reminder of the suicide attempt.

"It's like every time he gets out of a hole, something reaches back up out of that hole and pulls him down," Patrick Blythe Jr., 22, said about his cousin, who was arrested in Mount Pleasant in May.

Now 18, Blythe is jailed on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from the relationship -- charges that could imprison him for life. It's the latest in a short, troubled life that family members say could help explain the relationship, which started when the girl was 12.

Uncontacted peoples

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Unca Warren quotes a fictional Lindsay Lohan: “...shove your arm up there, girl. I want to come on your elbow.”

Seriously, fellow Mojonauts, we need an "Un(k)a Warren" category....

August 05, 2007

America: Fuck YEAH!

Global War on Terrorism Special Plate I'm moving to...

Living in an incarceration nation

Incarceration Nation: The Rise of a Prison-Industrial Complex

Consider this disturbing fact: the United States now has the world's highest incarceration rate outside of North Korea. Out of 1,000 people, more Americans are behind bars than anywhere in the world except in Kim Jong-Il's Neo-Stalinist state. The US has a higher incarceration rate than China , Russia, Iran, Zimbabwe and Burma - countries American politicians often berate for their human rights violations.

Well over two million Americans are behind bars. Let us agree that violent criminals and sex offenders should be in jail, but most Americans are not aware that over one million people spend year after year in prison for non-violent and petty offenses: small-time drug dealing, street hustling, prostitution, bouncing checks and even writing graffiti. Texas, with its boot-in-your-butt criminal justice system, is now attempting to incarcerate people who get drunk at bars - even if they are not disturbing the peace and intend to take a taxi home.

Somewhere along the line, the Lone Star State becomes the Lock-Down State: Rodney Hulin, a 16 year old in Texas, was caught setting a dumpster on fire and sentenced to 8 years in an adult prison. Despite pleading to be removed to another section, prison officials found no reason to extract him from the general population (despite Rodney's official pleas). He was then repeatedly raped and infected with the HIV virus that causes AIDS. He ended the nightmare by hanging himself in his cell.