Why I would Never Donate to Political Misrepresentative Charities

Girls Who Code has this little tidbit mentioned on their site.

 

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74% of girls express interest in science, yet only 0.3% of all girls go into Computer Science. Which is odd saying that accord to STEMConnector.org, only 15% of women are interested in going into STEM fields. Which is probably because EVERYONE has an interest in science, but not everyone wants to make a living off of that interest. Boys probably have a much higher interest in science, probably making up almost 100%. yet only 4% of students go into computer science. In fact, only 23% of students altogether go into STEM fields at all! And that is because the other 77% like art, writing, politics, business, and specialty positions, like being a historian. only 13% of the 81% of girls that show interest in STEM fields want STEM to be their first choice of career, while a third of females express wanting to be a stay-at-home mother.

Why is this? Is this because of horrible marketing practices? Doubt it. Because women apparently make up 47% of gamers, according to the ESA. Is it due to some kind of oppression pillowfort boys club trying to keep out those nasty girls? Nope. Because 20% of programmers are female. Maybe this is because of innate psychological differences between boys and girls, claiming that girls who ARE interested in STEM are more likely then men to be interested in biological sciences, while men are over 10 times as likely than women to be interested in engineering.

Yes, we ca use more women in engineering and computer sciences, but for the most part, women choose to go into different careers, or no career at all. Lots of women enjoy fashion design, and art, and writing, and animal sciences, and this should not be shunned because people want more women into careers they deem more “suitable.” Like a parent pushing you to get a business or law degree when you are not interested in business or law. Should we raise females with a better understanding of coding? Sure. But let them choose their own path.

We should not use ploys like the one above to try to coerce women into the industry. We should not try to find the smallest number possible to try to show that there is a bigger issue then there is. Help women if they ask for help, but let women decide for themselves, through facts, what they want out of life.

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Giving Near Nothing to Charity?

Screenshot_1When I purchase a product that gives a portion of its proceeds to charity, it really irks me to see that only 10%, or 5% or even 0.5% of proceeds off a particular purchase goes to charity. Amazon Smile allows for 0.5% of the cost of eligible purchases to be donated to charity. While 0.5% is better than 0%, I find it rather shillish, especially as a large corporation, not to pledge a larger percentage to charity.

This is why I like Humble Bundle, for instance. I get a decent amount of games, some good, some bad (unless it’s the last 6 months, then they all seem to suck) and you can choose to give any percentage you want to charity. You can even donate 100% of the proceeds to charity. TheFineYoungCapitalists help raise the number of women as game creators, and they give 74% of their profits to Charity.

I understand that many businesses also have to run a business, buy supplies, etc, and that giving a large portion of their proceeds to charity prevents that from happening. From if you are going to give to charity at all, 5% is a meager number. And even large companies that give millions in charity only reach at most 11% charitable givings. Now while companies that are not designed solely for charity can probably get away with it, “awareness” campaigns,  like the NFL, collect money from pink merchandise, but only 8.01% of that goes to actual cancer research.

Another good example is 5 Hour Energy, which marketed a Breast Cancer Awareness product to give proceeds to charity, these are limited edition products designed specifically for Breast cancer Awareness, but in the teeny, tiny small print on the bottom of the page…

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0.05 cents of every 2 dollar bottle. That’s a 0.25% charitable giving. So generous.

I would rather just give a donation to the organization itself instead of buying hundreds of dollars in overly priced merchandise to possibly give 10$ to charity. But some stores have a way to counteract this meager giving, but putting donation jars inside stores, as well as boxes, like Toys-For-Tots, that allow the consumer to purchase the cheapest toys in the store to feel better about that second Xbone that just bought their son, and that 680 dollar gold necklace you bought for your wife. that she will only wear 5 or 6 times in her lifetime.

Which is actually something that Tim Minchin, an Atheist who write very blunt songs about reality, mentions in his video Fuck The Poor. Many people really don’t care about the poor, or disenfranchised. But these charities and ads evoke ones Existential Guilt, a result of the awareness of a discrepancy between one’s well-being and the well-being of others. Basically causing one to give to charity not our of actual care for the disenfranchised, but because of something jokingly referred to as First World Guilt. Which means that they give to charity more to relieve themselves of feeling bad for not giving more to charity when they have money.

Which is why I think companies like Five Hour Energy and Amazon Smile feel they are able to get away with donating less than 1% of proceeds to charity. It’s not for the Charity, it’s for Feel Good and PR reasons., as well as a way for them to jump on the charity bandwagon to exploit their customers for higher net profits. Which is also why more people would buy more expensive Kraft Macaroni then less expensive Store Brand, if they believe a significant portion is actually going to help people.

The biggest center of this kind of Shill behavior I have seen to date is from the wonderful crafters of Etsy. These people are well known for taking recent tragedies, deaths, shootings, etc, and using tags or titles to bring people to their Etsy store, often to unrelated items, for the whole purpose of garnering views and sales and giving none of the proceeds to charity. This is something that has happened so often, that the word Tragicrafting was invented.

This kind of thing needs to stop. If you are going to give a portion of proceeds to charity, that is listed specifically to be donating to a charity, should have a donation rate of at least 20%, if not more. The purpose of the item should be to donate, not to make a huge net profit from. And lying to consumers, or putting the truth in small transparent print on the bottom of the page, hoping against hope that your consumer base is too stupid to look it up, is outright shameful. And as a notice to all people who buy these products because of this, just donate 10$ to charity and buy storebrand food items. You will literally be giving more to charity that way, and won’t be sucked into this ideologue of slacktivism that makes you think that buying any pink item, or buying any item that says “portion of proceeds go to (autism speaks, lung cancer, etc)” or anything that says proceeds go to “awareness.” Just donate directly.

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Will Be Participating in NaNoWriMo

I am planning on participating in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. I will have to write 50,000 words in the course of 30 days. Which will be a hard thing to do, but I plan on accomplishing that feat.

I already have a storyline drawn out in my mind, but as a curiosity I have to ask, what do you all think I should write about? (Can’t be a non-fiction work)

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October 28, 2014 · 12:29 pm

GamerGate started with Misogyny?

GamerGate started when Zoe’s boyfriend mentioned that she had cheated with him with members of the gaming press, who allegedly helped in pushing her game to be popular in a wordpress blog known as The Zoe Post. The day after this blog went up, Mundane Matt made a news vlog mentioning this case. Mundane Matt at the time has very few views per video and would never have reached a large audience with his coverage of The Zoe Post. Zoe Quinn, however, filed a CopyRight claim against Mundane Matt, despite the image being in the confines of fair use. This censorship of Mundane Matt triggered the popular video in the series, The Quinnspiracy Theory, by InternetAristocrat, a much more prominent YouTuber.

During that same time, actually, months before that time, it came out that Zoe Quinn went out to attack a startup company designed to promote women in gaming known as The Fine Young Capitalists. As well as many other people threatening and censoring people in defense of Zoe Quinn. This censorship is what sparked GamerGate, this SJW backlash and their victim complex. And because of Zoe’s past of using lies and harassment in order to get her way long before GamerGate even started (WizardChan, The Fine Young Capitalists) Nobody really questioned that she would yet again lie and manipulate in order to succeed yet again.

GamerGate is a branch off of The Quinnspiracy, which was started by a boyfriends anger, and a girlfriends mass censorship tactics. The more Zoe tried to censor the information, the more available it became, cumulating in The Streisand Effect. This was not about the fact that Zoe Quinn had sex, which almost nobody in 2014 truly cared about, but the idea that she had alleged sexual relations with the people who helped push her game through. Which is a breach of journalistic ethics, which means that GamerGate and The Quinnspiracy Theory started off as anger due to the idea that journalists are giving good reviews in exchange for favors.

Yet AntiGG people sees an attack on Zoe because she is a female, and says 4chan started all this as a trollish prank.

Talk about revisionist history.

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GamerGate Gives Thousands to Charity

Not only did 4Chan’s /v/ donate 5000$ to help a feminist organization create for female game designers, but they also gave 16,000 to PACER’s antibullying organization, 5,490 dollars for Suicide Prevention, 1,544 dollars to Help the Hungry. Plus another 1000$ with a Charity Drive. They are also hosting a Twitch.TV stream on October 24th-25th to help children in need. And many others.

All this after GamerGate was falsely accused of driving people to commit suicide, and falsely accused of bullying behavior. Which I find odd, because anti-GamerGate individuals have been able to get away with a massive amount of death threats. As well as journalists against GamerGate calling for bullying. Lots of them. LOTS. OMG lots!  to the point where ripped and muscular Michael Cernovich made a video challenging Sam Biddle, a bullying advocate, to a match to raise money for charity.

Gamergate is a group of people who actually care about journalistic integrity and tries to support people in need. While anti-GamerGaters have not donated a dollar to any helpful organization. they have, however, donated plenty of money to the bullies who claim to be victims.

“Nerds” should not be shamed, and neither should gamers. But I guess talk is cheap when SJW’s, who claim to be defending bullied peoples, bully others. Bullying that is completely ignored by the people reporting on death threats that cannot verifiably be linked to GamerGate.

Stop attacking GamerGate, it isn’t out to get you. Unless you are a corrupt journalist

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Pi, PEMDAS, and Math Stuff

When you learn that 360 degrees = 2Pi but only 1 Tau you start to question concepts in mathematics. 1 Tau = 2 Pi or 1 Pie.

Also, when it comes to the Order of Operations, constantly you get various answers for the same equation, and 9 times out of 10 your teacher may not teach you why the correct answer you got was wrong because they themselves may not understand why your answer doesn’t fit the answer given in the back of the textbook.

And then when you are done learning the confusing notion of the Order of Operations and how your teacher confused you with it while growing up, you can then start to learn it all over again by teaching yourself New Math

I highly recommend following channels like Minute Physics and Vihart, as well as places like Khan Academy, SciShow, and Codecademy. They are pretty fascinating places to learn.

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The World of Victimhood

Why? Why try to empower yourself by claiming, and defending, your victim status? I never understood that. How does that empower women? How does that get more women into engineering, or video game development, or anything? How does that make women independent? How does that allow women to be who they want to be? How does being a victim make women strong, independent, empowered, or even “equal” to men?

Choosing to have sex when intoxicated is not “rape”, period. Don’t ever say that again. Someone taking a picture of you without your consent at a comicon is not “Harassment.” And if I become a teacher and I am reading a book with questionable content, I would tell you to become a mature adult and just deal with it, or leave my class, as I refuse to place a “Trigger Warning” on my class syllabus.

Catcalling is neither rape, nor harassment, and “Stare Rape” is the most moronic phrase I have ever heard. Men being raped or being victims of domestic violence does not degrade female victims, and thinking so is sexist to the highest degree.

How does thinking these things empower women? Really? Where are the feminist organizations actually TRYING to get more females into engineering? Or video game development? Where are the feminist classes to teach women graphic design, or coding, or mechanics? There is TFYC, but that is the only one I know of that helps women become game devs.

I am currently making a game using RPG Maker XP, I’ve been teaching myself all of the useful tricks of the trade. So game creation in and of itself is not a hard thing to do. But if we want more women in these areas, the best things to do is to encourage it, not force women in there so that nobody wants to go into the field.

You want to get more women into engineering in game development? Than work to get more women in engineering and game dev

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Does the MRM Condone Violence Against Women?

In short: NO!

Even the most vile and nasty of MRM sites I’ve seen: ReturnOfKings (although it’s more a PUA website) never recommends violence as an answer to anything. Not that women need more attention than anyone else when it comes to violence.

The best place that I have found in AVFM, which has firmly defended women’s rights when they rights are legit, and have on two occasions offered rewards for anyone who found the attackers of certain feminists to be detained. In fact, 4Chan is thought to be the vessel of misogyny, and they donated over 5000 to a second-wave feminist game creation organization.

I have seen some nasty posts on PUA websites talking about how women are broken, and how women are always childish, or even saying that education activist Malala Yousafsai is a coward. But when it comes to MRM websites, including the Honey Badger Brigade, I don’t see this condoning of violent attack towards women. It just doesn’t exist.

Yet if you look the other way, just a quick look at feminist blog Jezebel shows the advocation of violence towards men. And on Amazon there are plenty of games advocating vicious torture of your ex boyfriend.

There is no condoning of violence that I have ever been able to see.

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Harassment, Assaults, Censorship, and Death Threats: The World of Social Justice

“@GamerHate: I would pay all the money I have to ensure you have many kids and they will die long before you do”

“Beautiful SJW Queen: I’m going to come to your house and punch you right in the balls, cry about it white man.”

“Steve Hogarty: I’ve had it up to here with GamerGate, I am going to murder every gamer I see with my fists and legs, it ends here.”

You would think, judging on what the minority of SJW’s state, that they are actually trying to fight for a just cause. You would be wrong, Social Justice has been filled and rife with death threats, misandry, assaults, censorship, harassment, and the like. Yet they ignore it when they are the ones who get the threats.

These are the people who have on numerous occasions sent death threats to people of GamerGate, yet nobody seems to care. But a single death threat hits Anita Sarkeesian, and now GamerGate is to blame. Erin Pizzey is a woman who decided that since men suffer from half of domestic violence, that she was going to allow men to be cared for as victims of domestic violence against women. As a result, she was harassed, threatened with murder and bombing, and had her dog shot to death on her front yard and had to flee the country to escape the social justice feminists who could not stand the fact that someone besides them could possibly be victims.

Ever been called Oppressive? Privileged? Shitlord? Misogynistic? Racist? Sexist? Able-ist? Triggering? Patriarchy? Trans-phobic? Cis-scum? Cultural Appropriating? Ever been told to fill a mug full of Male Tears? Ever had anyone tell you that a woman cannot rape a male because a woman doesn’t have a penis? These people have their own sets of vocabulary, their own worldviews. They even have their own hierarchy system, which they rebel fully against even the notion that they are even close to the top. They have a psychological NEED to be oppressed, or their worldview collaspes in a pile of sad dreams and wasted time. But don’t blame them for it, they are just a product of their environment.

An environment that OK’s assaulting white people, males, young people (if you’re old), and cisgendered people. And while attacking people because they are homosexual is fucked up and not ok, according to the FBI Hate Crime statistics between 2008-2012, 2% of all hate crimes against sexual orientation is Anti-heterosexual. And according to the same data, 22% of hate crimes according to race are against white people. These are actually justified, according to the racist and sexist ideologies of the Social Justice Warriors. How do you justify assault? Who the fuck cares if someones great, great, ancestor was oppressive, don’t blame an entire race or gender for eternity on what a few people did a long-ass time ago. If you justify assaulting white people, straights, or males, you are a fucking asshole.

These same SJW’s believe that we should tax male children, promote gender segregation with Female-only Passenger cars, believe fantasy worlds can effect the real world, that consensual sex is rape, and so much more. They condone and openly admit to physical assault of men. They do everything from pull fire alarms to assault pro-life people. And have even been known to make a death threat against a men’s rights conference.

In all ways shapes and forms, from the early Feminists teaming up with the KKK, to not stepping in when a man is being assaulted by a woman, or even justifying the behavior.

The world of Social Justice is rife with harassment, death threats, and abuse. They are the worlds most accepted terrorist organization. What are we going to do about this? We can’t keep ignoring this hurt because someone might get offended if we dare say something like “stop abusing men.” ALL violence and hate needs to stop.

What are you going to do about it?

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Second Wave Feminism

Second Wave Feminism gave us the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (well, feminism and several other minority groups), but it also gave us this idea that we can turn men into fragile little flowers that future generations of females would love. Trying to change the entire nature of men from the typical rough and tumble boy, to a more effeminate form. A lot about male psychology can be read in the book The Male Brain by M.D. Louann Brizendine, a book that I certainly recommend reading.

But while Second Wave Feminism was the main drive responsible for the fucked up Family Court System we have today, I have to say, that the Modern-day Second Wave Feminists I have seen seem to be the kind of feminists who are not entirely “like that.” Take The Fine Young Capitalists and Christina Sommers, these two are full of people who are advocating for a better change and are not shitstorming the fuck out of other people. I would actually donate money to TFYC (if I wasn’t dirt poor) because they seem to have a good idea. Instead of forcing women into already existing games, help women become game creators and make their own games. This and many more.

Modern Second Wave feminists seem to be the most humane of the feminist community, even if a lot of what they say is still radical. I have seen more Second Wave feminists defending things like GamerGate and defending men’s right to be masculine, and more Second Wave Feminists attacking Third Wave feminism, than I have seen SWF’s siding with TWF’s. Conservative feminism is also often attacking by the victimizing, vitriol-spewing TWF’s.

Still radical, but not inherently filled with shitty people like Third Wave Feminism and seems to be.

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