Dickwolf, Rape, and Other Stuff
So I found out about this pretty recently. And considering that it started last August, it hasn’t died down as much as I expected it to. And then I tried to not do a post on it for as long as I could. As you can see, I’m very very weak. So time to talk about Dickwolves. (I never expected to say/write that. ever.) I’m using the timeline that I’ve linked to before for my sources, and you can check it out. If you want to. You don’t have to, if you don’t want to. Your choice.
So it all started last August, when Penny Arcade released it’s "Sixth Slave" comic. And following that, a feminist (a femi-nazi really) took offense at the fact that PA used rape in a humorous tone. After which PA released a comic as well as written response. The femi-nazi’s took more offense. And people started opinionating (I don’t care if it’s not an actual word), and then it cooled down a bit. And then PA released a “Team Dickwolf” t-shirt. People got really angry, including a person who was approached to be a speaker at PAX. She turned it down because of the dickwolf controversy and the t-shirt. And after some heated back and forths, the t-shirts were taken down, Mike Krahulik (Gabe), and Jerry Holkins (Tycho) asked for people to stop arguing about it, and they apologized. And people kept talking about it. Along the way some people decided to stop following PA, or not go to PAX and not support them. And some people are still for PA.And that’s basically where it stands at this point.
Now I have to say, I found the comic hilarious. It’s basically saying that in an MMORPG, people’s sense of morality is plain fucked up (OMG! I swore!). They’ll go save the 5 people they need to save, or kill the 5 monsters they need to kill, and then they’re done. In my brief foray into MMORPG’s in Lord of the Rings Online, I found the comic’s message to be true. I mean, what’s the point. Once I leave to go turn in my quest, those 5 people are going to be back in the cages anyway, because they have to reset it for the next “hero”. So why bother saving the extra slave. As an aside, I find that in a plain RPG (Mass Effect, Fallout 3, Neverwinter Nights etc) I will go and save all 10 slaves instead of the 5 required. Mostly I do this because I know they won’t be back in there, and I feel really really bad if I don’t save them. It’s why I can never play as an evil character in RPG’s no matter what my original plan is. Back to the matter at hand. Even now if I read the comic I crack up. I find it that funny.
And then the people at Shakesville object to the word rape being used in the comic. Milli A basically says that PA shouldn’t have used rape in this comic. And she goes on about how it’s because rape’s used in comedy so much she doesn’t have a sense of humor, and stuff like that.
Now I just want to say something about feminist. I respect feminist. In fact I believe that they’re doing the right thing. Women should be equal to men. No one gender should be more important than the other. And that’s what they’re trying to do. Hell if I could, I’d try to help them. I don’t consider myself a feminist personally, because I’ve done nothing to move the cause forward, but I’m a supporter. But it’s femi-nazi’s like Milli A that I do not like one bit. In fact I oppose them wholeheartedly. They’re whole philosophy seems to be, men fucked over women in the past by subjugating them, so now let’s turn the tables. Women should subjugate men, and women should be in power. How the fuck does that help?????? For a while women will be on “top”, and then men will take revenge, and then women will take revenge. And it’ll just go on and on and on. I mean, yeah women weren’t treated fairly in the past, but forget it about it. It’s the fucking past!! Move on. Start with a clean slate. Everyone’s equal, forgive old hurts, (I’m not saying forget, because then history’s likely to repeat) and move on. And I know that some of you will say, I’m a dude, so my opinion counts for shit, and maybe it does, but these are my beliefs, and I hold to these strongly. This is pretty much my main reason for opposing affirmative action, but that’s something for another time (maybe). Also, rape is bad. Period. No more needs to be said. If you don’t think it’s bad, then you’re just fucked up. So the period is actually here.
It seemed to me that Milli A was saying, rape shouldn’t be used in humor because it hurts rape survivors. But then she says that the issue of rape needs to be raised in awareness. She seems to be forgetting that comedy is one such forum for that. The more you talk about it, the more awareness of it you raise. But she can’t have that. Rape can only be talked about on her terms and not anyone else’s. Also she was using “rape survivors” as a whole as a reason to not do this. Before I continue, I just want to say, I’ve never been raped. So I have no idea what it’s like, but I am very sorry to those of you who have, and feel that the rapers (or whatever the term is) should be punished. Their is a crime as bad as murder. But to continue, while I was following this controversy, I came across comments from some rape survivors. And a lot of them found the comic funny, and thought PA didn’t do anything. But a lot of them also had the opposite reaction. Now this clearly shows that rape survivors are a varied lot, and you can’t use them as a whole as your shield. People need to stop using that. (I think when I started this, I had more to say on this subject, but as I wrote more, and as it got later, I’ve forgotten. If you feel I have holes in my argument, this is the main reason, and I’d just like to apologize for that)
Now to the subject of the shirts. People are arguing that “Team Dickwolf” is the same as “Team Rapists”. I disagree with them. I see how they’re getting this, and if that were the case I’d be totally opposed to them. That’s not to say I’m for them either, but just wait for it. They’re parodying the “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob” from Twilight (that woman is a plague on this planet, she ruined werewolves and vampires, and I will forever hate her for this.) and using that as their inspiration. And in that way it’s brilliant. It’s also incredibly tasteless. If you want to wear the shirt, go ahead, but you will never find me wearing one.
And Gabe and Tycho’s apology I think was the best anyone’s going to get out of them. And I think that’s all that’s needed. For a thing that started out small, but was enlarged due to people from both sides, yes the other side fucked up (I’m really not sure what to label them, and no insult was intended) but so did PA and their supporters. I think Gabe and Tycho have done exactly what they needed to do. They took down the shirts and apologized. Just leave it alone.
Now as to the trolls out there, here’s what I have to say to you, “Really?? Are you really going to ‘rape’ opposers of PA?” I mean, I see that you’re trying to help PA, but I think in this whole thing, it wasn’t Gabe or Tycho or Milli A or any number of the other bloggers who messed up, it was these trolls. In trying to help (using the loosest definition of help here) they just made PA’s job harder. They just worsened the situation a whole lot, unfortunately.
One thing that really annoyed to me from the other side (once again no insult intended, sorry!), almost as much as the above mentioned trolls but still less, is that when Gabe or Tycho (don’t remember which and too lazy to look up) apologized and told people not to threaten their families, the other side was basically like, “well fuck you Gabe/Tycho. It’s nothing more than you deserve.” I mean, come on! Here you are trying to argue that rape shouldn’t be used in humor and stuff, and when people get threatened you’re all for it. What. The. Fuck. This hypocrisy isn’t helping my opinion of femi-nazi’s at all.
Now I think that’s all I wanted to say. It’s long, I know, you’re probably not going to read it all, but I had to get it out. And now I have. So in conclusion, the comic was hilarious. The femi-nazi’s were stupid (not the feminist, just the extreme end like Milli A). The shirts though tasteless, I see nothing wrong with. The trolls were even more stupid, and the femi-nazi’s hypocrisy was astounding. I am for PA, if you didn’t get that sense, and to this day I believe they did nothing wrong.
P.S. As I was writing this post, I remembered a wonderful quote by Evelyn Beatrice Hall, though most people think it’s by Voltaire. (I thought so too until I was looking up his exact quote to write here. So it’s not by Voltaire, though most think it is)
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. - Evelyn Beatrice Hall