The religious right wanted to criminalize porn, and so did a bunch of powerful mainstream (rich, white) feminists, so they teamed up to lobby for legislation and in the process, totally warped our views on sex for the next several decades. Those views and attitudes persist today. But obviously that wasn’t all feminists since feminism is an always-evolving and diverse set of issues, and intersectional sex-positive feminism is really cool and does engage in those tough but fascinating and necessary conversations. So I’d say start there, learning about that. If you know someone who’s sex-negative, this would be a good thing to chat with them about.
That doesn’t mean that it causes people to do violent things. It just makes people believe that it’s normal. My best guess is that something similar happens with lots of behaviors, though I can’t be sure. You know, it’s funny—if we were colleagues in grad school, I’d tell you, “hey, that’s a good research question.” If you find yourself constantly asking questions about things that don’t have a clear answer, you might make a good researcher!
Getting doxed and having my family threatened really sucked. But I still work on smaller projects. I frequently do charity sales, where I’ll sell prints and donate either a portion or all of the proceeds to a charity. Lately it’s been a lot of ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the National Immigration Law Center. I like charity sales because they benefit everyone: Charities get money, I sometimes get money, and the people who buy the prints get some good smut.
I wore leather and smeared fake blood all over my body and my props. So I was walking around the Seattle Convention Center with a bloody bat. It was a real wooden bat! I’m pretty sure they’re not actually allowed at the con. But at that point, I was already getting harassed by internet dudes, so it was kind of fun and empowering to have it. I was definitely giving off a “don’t fuck with me” vibe.
Other than Fire Emblem, I’m working on Breath of the Wild, which is the new Zelda game. I’m a huge Zelda fan; I grew up playing them with my mom, and I’m loving the new one. It’s keeping me up late most nights.
That being said, I think I’d like to play it now. I have a lot of girlfriends who played it and made comments about “good, soft boys” and “best friends who are also gay” which means I’d probably actually have a good time with it. I love good, soft 2D boys.