Egypt’s minister of antiquities says a team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered two tombs in the southern part of the country, one of them belonging to a writer and containing a trove of artifacts including reed pens and a bronze inkwell.
Mohammed Ibrahim said that the writing utensils were found next to a mummy, which is well preserved, and that the discovery was made in collaboration Egyptian archeologists.
He said the writer belonged to the pharaohs’ priest class, and would have had a “great impact on the intellectual and cultural life of the era.” The tombs date to roughly 600BC, the last era of Egypt’s pharaonic dynasties. (source)
I dont want sex, I want the things that lead up to it. The slow kissing then the passionate kissing, then the pulling closer, the neck kisses, the grabbing, biting, heavy breathing, grinding, the pauses while you catch your breath, feeling each other. Oh my.
The rape joke is, you were 16 and had never kissed a boy before that year.
The rape joke is, he was your boyfriend. Your first boyfriend.
The rape joke is, when he asked if he could touch you, you froze. Your mind was racing but not thinking anything at all. You settled on, just don’t say anything and kiss him. That will distract him and maybe he won’t push it.
The rape joke is, you didn’t say yes but he still did it anyway. You didn’t let him touch you for months after that.
The rape joke is, he didn’t understand why you were so scared.
The rape joke is, he was your best friend.
The rape joke is, you were drunker than you’d ever been.
The rape joke is, your room was locked, and all you wanted to do was sleep, but he pulled you into your suitemate’s bed.
The rape joke is, when you told him to just go to sleep, he said he couldn’t because you turned him on too much.
The rape joke is, the next day, when all you wanted to do was pretend it didn’t happen, your roommates got mad at you for not telling them and not offering to wash the sheets.
The rape joke is, years later, he told your friends you were probably bad at sex because that night you didn’t reciprocate.
The rape joke is, he had a girlfriend. You had a boyfriend too.
The rape joke is, he fed you whiskey until later you threw up.
The rape joke is, he said, “You’re obviously not drunk enough if you don’t want to get with me.”
The rape joke is, he held his phone in front of you until you gave him your number.
The rape joke is, he said, “you gave me your last name, so obviously you wanted to hook up,”
The rape joke is, when you called your boyfriend to pick you up, your friends told you to go lie down with the guy’s roommate. He’d protect you. He wouldn’t try anything.
The rape joke is, he did.
The rape joke is, the first guy kept texting you for over a year.
The rape joke is, “fuck salty bitches.”
The rape joke is, “you’re too sensitive”
The rape joke is, “you need to calm down.”
Most white people and straight people who played the games found little to no issue with those particular issues. Gamers on the margins of society though spotted and called them out immediately. Our criticism of these games, their developers, and the industry as a whole is valid and necessary. No, we didn’t help make the games. We didn’t do thecodingor write the dialogue, but we can help to make it better. We can help the developers make their next game better than the first. The mods we make, the fanfiction we write– we do it because there’s a void in our games. We feel the need to fill it with something that isn’t racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or a combination of all those things. We want to fill the void with the things that speak to us and our experiences.
There’s a reason behind the things we do and say, we’re not nitpicking just to be annoying or just to get a rise out of people. We’re not doing this because it’s the “pc” thing to do. We’re doing it because we know that our games and the developers can do better. We want to push them to make that quality product we know they’re capable of making.
The one thing I don’t quite understand is why people are so resistant to the idea of having different types of people in video games. These are games that have magic, dragons, and time travel. Video games largely deal with a fantasy world; especially once you get into the realm of sci-fi games and typical role-playing games. These are games set far in the future where we can travel from star system to star system and meet (and even fall in love with) different alien species. They’re games on different planets but in medieval-like times, where you can talk to dragons and duel with ghosts. Why, in those settings, are the presence of people of color, queer people, and trans people all of a sudden “unrealistic”?
Why does the hero have to be heterosexual, cis, white men like Booker DeWitt orNathan Drake? Why can’t we have more Black women save the day like Aveline de Grandpré or Nilin? Instead of giving a character like Jacob Taylor a stereotype filled and extremely racist storyline, why not give him a story arc free of the usual tropes and stereotypes? Why do these simple suggestions sound so far fetched to most people?