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And now we come to…the end of an era

Today, oddly enough was supposed to be the pay off FINALLY for a number of posts about relationships that I thought might be better than all my previous ruthless on relationships post. And indeed I’ll get to that later.

 

Instead,

Today is a day I bring us to a place I knew could happen, but was happy every time it didn’t. Today we end the hour for the last time. What do I mean? Today is the beginning of a goodbye party. For this blog. Oh it will continue to exist, but a transition is afoot. And so with all transitions, some things remain the same, while other change or are left behind.

If you would have told me 3 years ago as I was studying for the bar that we would be here I would be shocked. But if you would have told me that we would get here after 450 thousand views I’d also be shocked so much attention happened. Words Don’t Do It Justice started as an idea, a bit of fun, and a lot of me. I have buried hatchets with enemies because of this blog, reconnected with old friends, and made new ones because of this blog, found meaning in the midst of my own personal depression because of this place. I have consumed it, and let it consume me. I love it. But loving this blog means knowing what to do. And taking a good long look I know the thing to do is let it go.

But I said this was transition not destruction.

And indeed it is. I’ll be taking Words Don’t Do It Justice away from our blogging past into a show based future. For me, the question was one of logistics. Was it better to end everything and walk away from these years of effort, or find a way to keep the place alive in the hearts of all of you who have supported us? I choose to believe that you will keep supporting us, and I chose to keep this place alive in a new way.

That means giving you what we planned. Give No Quarter, The Wrath of Ruthless, and Words Don’t Do It Justice are the three pillars of Ruthless Radio. 3 shows with different formats that bring you many of the topics you might see written about here, but in a new form and with some new and old faces/voices. Over the next few weeks as we ready to for the relaunch of Words Don’t Do It Justice as a podcast, you’ll get to read some farewells from various alums, and hear from the incoming folks for these shows. You’ll also see the Words Don’t Do It Justice site itself undergo various changes. With plenty of hard work, luck, and you listening in, I hope to earn your trust for these new shows, and continue to hold our interest.

SO! What about Weekend’s Don’t Do It Justice?

Well I’m happy to say our little casual interest site is growing well. And it is going to continue. We had a nice response to the sample chapter from Project 13, and now that game of thrones is done you’ll see a lot of other reviews, news, and related content there. Our gamers are doing their thing, and if Vantinel’s CEO appearance is any indication of commitment, we will only continue to grow over there.

As I end for now I just want to say thank you, and of course to keep watching what we do. But more than that, thank you for being a force for us. We continued to push because you were there with us. 100,000 visitors, 450,000 views, and 3 years of growth, While things must change, I am glad to have made it to this point. A point that let’s me look back and say that YOU made us more than I imagined. And though Words Don’t Do It Justice…Thank you.

 

“THE Ruthless Wonder” Matthew Elisha Williams

Founder of Words Don’t Do It Justice

And now… at the end of the hour

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This week we debuted a brand new podcast with a livestream. We said goodbye to one of the founders. We tackled coons, and hoteps. As well as assault, and the HIV & AIDS treatment drug Truvada.

 

 

I skipped a couple lines to let that sink in.

When this started I literally just wanted to take my usual facebook ranting to a website. I figured it would be like the old days of my Xanga page. Now, now I deal with potential sponsors, have production meetings, worry about our average listening and reading time, and look for brand expansion.

I remind you, I was so bored in the last semester of law school I decided to make a blog to archive the things I would normally rant about on Facebook.

 

So you can understand that having gone from that place to now is rather…amazing if I’m honest. I had no idea. We’ve added and lost people over that time. But more than their contributions or mine, we’ve gotten to know a lot of you. As of this writing, 92,000 of you have come to get to know us over these 3 years of Words Don’t Do It Justice. And you must like it here, because you’ve dropped in 302,000 times.

300000

That is astounding. That is epic. And to think that it has all come before we put up a single ad, before we shilled a single product, without a marketing team, and mostly from the effort of our authors, and their friends and family who have additionally believed in us and shared us with other people.  I can’t tell you enough thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do. It really has made the difference.

What that means is even what I’ve done in the past year isn’t enough. I have to do more. And I am. While we lost a podcast co-host today, I’m proud to say we gained 2 new ones for our show Give No Quarter. While we have Reason on break for a while, I’m happy to say we will be launching Weekends Don’t Do It Justice as its own site (www.wkndlife.com www.weekendsdontdoitjustice.net www.weekendsdontdoitjustice.com). Look for a review of a hilariously bad movie coming over there soon from me.

Heck, go buy a shirt, phone case, hoodie or tank. https://www.teepublic.com/user/314publishing

Check out our current Shirt and cases designs. Buy one now while you wait for more. Click the photo to go straight to the store!

Check out our current Shirt and cases designs. Buy one now while you wait for more.
Click the photo to go straight to the store!

 

I’m also happy to say that I’m teaming with Mr. 9 to 5 gamer himself Bami O to open a new gaming site and channel called “Save State Society” (www.savestatesociety.com www.savestatesociety.net) here soon as well. And we’re open with some great games and reviews. But that is going to take a lot to talk about, and I’ve got work to do there.

You’re here reading because this is about Words Don’t Do it Justice. The granddaddy of them all. Okay, the origin of them all. Three years in, and even though health wise I’ve dealt with issues. Professional life wise, I’ve had great forward steps but also set backs. Heck life in general being strange. After all that I’m proud of where we are. Where you’ve brought us. And so for the third time we come to the end of the hour. Where I say thank you without any reservations. Where for the third time ever, I get to step out of my role as Head Blogger, Editor, Podcast host, Lucremo, THE Ruthless Wonder, and everything that comes with it, and instead just talk to you as Matt Williams. We have a few reflection pieces and some alumni coming back to give us a piece. And we are going to celebrate all the way to my personal birthday on March 14th. But right now I’m just going to end by saying thank you all for bringing me and us from where we were to where we are and pushing us forward to where we are going next. As always Words Don’t Do YOU Justice.

“THE Ruthless Wonder” Matthew Elisha Williams

The Justice League, but first…WAR! (just kidding)

First things first

New year, still Ruthless. Of course that doesn’t come without some announcements. The big stuff comes during the anniversary in March but as we’ve begun 2016 I wanted to make you all aware of something big. After much deliberation, we’ve decided to get rid of the guest blogger justice league. Because they aren’t guests. they may post only once in a blue moon, but they are as much a part of our staff as each and every R revolution member has been. And calling them by a separate name was not respectful of their contribution.

So the Justice League is going away?

ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Instead we have the reason why I’m dedicating my post for the week to this subject. We’ve created a community for you all to hang out. And until my cheap ass buys some more space to host it over here We have given the Justice League to all of you our super fans over Facebook.

The Justice League at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WDDIJustice.League/

The Justice League at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WDDIJustice.League/

Click on this line to redirect to The Justice League

All of our writers past and present are a part of the group. And you’ll be free to have discussions on any topic you like. Be sure to be civil, but disagreement is just the genesis of conversation. Also, look for our friends from 9 to 5 gamer, Geek Street Radio, and elsewhere in the group. Feel free to ask us questions, talk about the latest pieces or podcasts, and of course bring your friends in. We’d love to meet them as well.

And now for the first thing for the ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT Justice League

I’ve been running a contest that had some very odd finishes. First was a lack of new contest participants and non WDDIJ staffers. Then the random selection gave equal selections to three people. So after some coinflipping and some assistance we have a winner. Winning a free copy of good friend of Words Don’t Do It Justice Da Kinky Kid’s book “365 ways to Keep It Kinky” is super fan PHILLIP JONES! We’ll be contacting him to get the book shipped to him. And of course be sure to buy the book if you weren’t lucky to win it.

Congrats to you Phillip!

Congrats to you Phillip!

As you’ve seen The WRATH of Ruthless is back with a brand new format and set crew, but there is much more in store. I could tell you about that now, but Words Don’t Do It Justice!

THE Ruthless Wonder

The WRATH of Ruthless Holiday Special: The Wrong Kind Of Progress

The WRATH of Ruthless is back!

Before our actual relaunch we got together for a Holiday special with a couple topics and some old friends.

The WRATH of Ruthless Holiday Special: The Wrong Kind Of Progress <-Click this and you can download or listen from our SoundCloud

Here you can listen from our soundcloud right here on WDDIJ. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/239005820″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”100″ iframe=”true” /]

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CHICAGO - DECEMBER 01: Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) listens as President-elect Barack Obama introduces her as his choice for secretary of state during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel December 01, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Other members of the National Security Team named by Obama at the press conference include Washington attorney Eric Holder as attorney general, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as his choice for homeland security and he said Robert Gates would remain as defense secretary. Retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones was selected for the position of national security adviser and Susan Rice as U.N. ambassador. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Yes our Holiday Special is going to cover all of this.

The Justice League Covers: Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn

Inspired by a very brave friend who came out as transgender on Facebook today, I can no longer keep my silence.

 

Since the release of the most recent Vanity Fair cover on Monday, June 1st, social media has been concentrated with emphatic and vehement opinions, posts, blogs and articles regarding the transformation from a “he,” Bruce Jenner, to a “she,” Caitlyn Jenner. I’ve tried terribly hard to keep my opinions on the subject to myself so not to invite debate and attract people who disagree with my opinions, to leave mean and hateful comments on my Favebook. I’ve decided people can attack and disagree with me, but I’m not going to allow those people to keep me from sharing how I feel about these issues. I can no longer keep my silence. I’ve never been that person; that woman.

 

Since the announcement of Jenner’s transformation surfaced the media, I’ve had many, many mixed emotions, feelings and opinions. I made it a point to read and listen to others opinions and came across a post by blogger, Matt Walsh, on The Blaze (http://www.theblaze.com/…/calling-bruce-jenner-a-woman-is-…/). Walsh acknowledged and argued a very interesting point about feminism and how Caitlyn Jenner being called a woman, not only takes away from what feminism stands for, but it demeans what a woman stands for. He made some interesting and at moments, valid, points about why women should essentially be down right angry that this person who’s actually a man, is being described as “beautiful,” “brave” and “an inspiration.” He believes she – he- is none of these things.

 

Further, he also said it was a disgrace to what feminism really means because feminism isn’t about looking a certain way and being called a woman because you put on masacara and a bra before walking out the door, it’s about establishing equality among men and woman and defying social norms of what makes a man, a man and a woman, a woman. As a young woman who considers herself to be a feminist, I could not have disagreed more with this man. Here’s why: Feminism means different things to different people, especially women. I don’t think the only definition of feminism is equality for people, specifically among genders.

 

For me, feminism means feeling empowered by and embracing who you are, regardless your gender, sex, race, etc, and having as much of the same opportunities as everyone else. Gloria Steinem is and has been for quite some time, a woman I admire and aspire to be more like. She was, and still is, the face of the Equal Rights Movement in the 70s and 80s. She’s absolutely stunning. She’s fashion forward. She wears makeup and does her hair. She’s by our society’s standards, a feminine woman. I could list hundreds and hundreds of similar women to prove my point but I don’t need to do that.

 

As a feminist, I’m not offended or angry that Caitlyn Jenner underwent multiple surgeries, changed her wardrobe, learned how to apply makeup and do her hair. Bravo. Those are hard things to master and it looks like she did it with grace and style. If that’s what makes her feel beautiful, confident and happy and she’s not hurting anyone by doing it, then I tip my hat to her and wish her all the best in the next chapter of her life. Changing one’s appearance is absolutely irrelevant from feminism and it frustrates me when people confuse the two. It would be impossible, in my opinion, to find the perfect feminist if being a feminist meant that men and women must act alike to be treated alike. It’s just not realistic.

 

The irony is, Walsh acknowledged that men could never know or understand women and even recognized the uniqueness and special qualities that only women possess. If he really believes that, then why argue that being a feminist means that women and men find equality in how they look and act. It’s a contradiction and made absolutely no sense to me. Even as I’m writing this, I’m finding it difficult to find the right language to use to point out this misconception and contradiction of feminism. Does feminism teach and value equality among genders? Absolutely, yes and I won’t argue that. Do looks, surgeries and makeup have anything to do with that? Absolutely not. If Walsh’s definition is based soley around equality among genders then riddle me this: should Caitlyn Jenner not be allowed equal opportunities at happiness even if it means changing her physical features?

 

Woman have been getting breast implants, tummy tucks, nose jobs, hair extensions, fake tans, fake nails and the list goes on, for years. Those women aren’t under the scrutiny of Walsh or so many other Americans so why should Jenner or any other transgenders be? If you don’t understand something, ask questions. Try to understand. Try to broaden your perspective and knowledge. No one said even after asking questions, you’ll understand or agree or even accept it, but at the very least treat others how you want to be treated.

 

The last point I have to touch on is all the posts I’ve read from people who are Christians and fear how to discuss these issues with their children. I am a Christian but I don’t have children so my opinion may mean little to a lot of people, but I’m going to share it anyway. While I understand it’s hard for one (as it was for me when I first learned about what it is to be transgender), to wrap their head around the idea of literally changing your body to be a different gender, try imagining someone taking you out of your body right now, and putting you into someone else’s body. How would you feel? Probably not good. I believe God made us in his own image and likeness. That means something different to different people.

 

To me, it means, God made us to be special. God made us to embrace who we are. God made us with free will. God made us the way he wanted and liked. Please ask yourself, even if you don’t agree with what Jenner did – from a Christian stand point- would God want you to accept and love that person any less? According to the Word, the answer is no. In addition, because I do believe the Lord made us in His image and likeness, perhaps that image and likeness evolves over time into things we never expected. Perhaps God’s image of us isn’t purely physically, it was the image and likeness of one’s soul, not their body.

 

While there are many who believe (including Walsh) it’s not mentally, physically, genetically or anatomically possible to change your gender, for some people, a gender is how one feels inside, not their physical makeup. There’s no actual way to know how another thinks and feels unless you’re that person. Period. I know it’s difficult for a lot of people to accept and understand that there are people in his world who are utterly lost and confused about who they are, but aren’t we all, just in different ways?

 

There are a lot of people who will have read this and have nothing but terrible and hateful things to say to me and to them I say, that’s okay. We are all entitled to our opinions and we should voice them. All the time, voice them because ignorance will continue to live on and thrive if we don’t talk about these hard and controversial issues.

 

Walsh said in his post that there’s a high suicide rate among transgenders post surgery because they often regret it. I want to know if they regretted it because they missed who they were/how they looked before, or because it was too hard living their lives out in the open, being who they were when people like Walsh write hateful and misguided posts about them. I’m confident you would be depressed to, Mr. Walsh. Let people be who they are. You don’t have to like it or even agree with it but just let them be.

 

All that truly matters is our soul. Our character and how we treat others. Do we help the poor and feed the hungry? Do we help those in need and even when it’s inconvenient or financially hard to do? Do we sacrifice for others? Are we kind and thoughtful? Are we caring, loving and gentle to others? Are we honest? Are we forgiving? Are we compassionate? These are the characteristics that make up the only genetic makeup that truly matters about who are.

 

Do I think it was brave what Caitlyn Jenner did? Yes. She knew she would be attacked, hated and misunderstood by thousands of people and she stayed true to who she feels she is and was honest with herself along with the rest of he world. In turn, I fully believe there are other people in this world who have felt the same way Jenner did and felt inspired and hope was restored in their lives. If no one is getting hurt, then we should be able to live our lives in peace, without feeling disdain and constant judgment from others.

 

Let’s be kind to each other. Let’s be sincere and genuine. Let’s be thoughtful and generous. Let’s be open-minded and accepting. Let’s be understanding and compassionate. Let’s grow together and remember that we’re only here for a short while and we all seek the same things while on Earth: happiness and acceptance.Caitlyn

– Katie Vandaveer

Words Don’t Do It Justice: YOU are Forty Thousand Strong on our 2nd Anniversary

Just a reminder where we started.

Just a reminder where we started.

Words Don’t Do It Justice

“It was all a dream.

I used read word up magazine.”

I could keep going with that, but really I don’t feel like quoting too much of anyone else today. So let me address this with the style most comforting.

When this all began it was an idea.

The thought that we could give the world something in this blog that would be read by our friends, maybe a few co-workers and classmates. And every once in a while I’d get to deal with the issues I have to face on a daily basis by just ranting into a text window for 30 minutes to an hour and let the world read. Certainly if we accomplished that I would have called this a successful idea and when the view dwindled I’d close it up and say I had a good time.

But that isn’t what you did. And I say that isn’t what YOU did, because it is true. You are the reason this fun time didn’t turn into just another thing I used to do. YOU made it worth it to find Rufus, Ronin, Roddo, Rebellionista, Realistic Royalty, Princess Devy, Reign, The Revanchist, The Radical Ref, Carl McPhail, Xion, Driving Misty, Rhapsodic, Reason, Kudo, Rhythmic Journey, Revolution In A Jar, causeandeffect88, Bami O, Render Verdicts, Ruminated Thoughts, Keith Labell, Smooth Phuzion, Bree the V, TEH Bobbo, and all the people who wanted to commit but just didn’t have the time to write, be on the podcast, contribute music, or be interviewed.

That wasn’t just me plodding through on my own. That was you reading. That was you sharing. That was YOU telling the world our little corner of the internet was worth checking out. in the first year we did 3500 views. In 2 years we have done 40,000! Because of all of you. And now things are possible that weren’t not long ago. YOU made this happen. People asked me when I started what I expected. They asked me what I wanted. I just wanted people to listen to my thoughts sometimes. It was so simple back then. Now? Now I want the sky and everything beyond. lol just kidding.

Now I want to give you more of what you come here for. So covering Gaming, and other topics, We’re proud to announce that Nine To Five Gamer will be joining us run by Bami O. Look for the official page as well as forums soon. You’re going to read pieces from many of our alumni writers. And that long-awaited revamp/update to the site. I can’t promise you we’ll turn into a Super Villain run Huffington Post by tomorrow. Heck I can’t even promise that by next year. But I can promise we will keep hitting these hot topics with our cold analysis. I can promise we are committed to giving you what you came here for. And I can promise you I WILL NEVER FORGET what drives Words Don’t Do It Justice. Because what drives us is YOU!

My humanity wants to cry by my Super Villainy is smiling too hard and is too excited. Thank you all. THANK YOU. Every super fan. Every random reader Every casual person who checked us out a few times or just once. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THIS FROM ALL OF US! We couldn’t have done all this without you. Words Do Not Do YOU Justice!

– THE Ruthless Wonder

The Justice League Covers Gamer Gate Pt. 2: The culture of infallibility that surrounds Anita Sarkeesian

Anita and the culture of shaming that shields Her

It’s common to just “silence” the opposition if they don’t agree with you.

A petition involving a well-known developer and Anita Sarkeesian began floating around the internet a few days ago. It was apparently about having Anita ousted from her role as an advisor on the development team that is currently working on ‘Mirrors Edge 2.’ “Alright,” I thought to myself. “What is she doing being an advisor on a videogame?” I decided to sign the petition. What I did not realize was that site would then post that link to my personal facebook. It wasn’t until I received my first comment that I realized what had happened.

“Ugh,” was the very first comment from a friend of mine, another person who has been well involved in covering the gaming industry. I remained silently amused and even contemplated removing the link because I didn’t want it to cause unnecessary drama. However, I went against my better judgment and allowed the post to stay up.

It wasn’t long before I received my first reproach, being sternly told about the good that Anita’s videos have done and how her videos had gotten a lot better since her first few. “Ok, fair enough,” I thought to myself. I went ahead and typed my response, detailing why I couldn’t get behind the idea of Anita working on videogames:

Nah, I can’t stand behind someone who tries to pass off opinion as fact, refuses to be open to discussion (there have been plenty of credible individuals who have plenty of counter arguments to her videos) and tries to pass off the actions of a few crazies as the representation of an entire diverse demographic of people, and play up the idea that all people who play games and happen to be against her rhetoric, are angry white men/boys/basement dwellers. The last time I checked, I’m neither of those things but the way Anita and people who follow her talk, you’d think that anyone that picks up a controller is basically just as she describes.

However you feel about Sarkeesian is moot to me. She isn’t the correct path to change, she’s the antithesis of it. The only way to even begin any kind of dialogue is the willingness to hear out both sides of an argument.

What Anita and her ilk have done is promote the silencing of any opposition by painting them under one broad brush and that’s far from fair and I don’t want someone like that to have anything to do with the games I play.

One line of the response I received was:

“That’s a shame. Even detestable people can sometimes have a valuable, unique point of view”

For some reason this struck a nerve with me. It seems to be the go-to thing to try and shame a person for not agreeing with Anita by automatically placing them with those who have proven themselves to be detestable. The culture of shaming anyone that doesn’t align themselves with Sarkeesian or her rhetoric is a clear sign of how close minded people on the other end have become.

Something I’ve often noticed is the willingness to shame anyone that doesn’t agree with Ms. Sarkeesian or any of the issues that she speaks of. While we know that disagreement is a common aspect in society, the problem becomes apparent when you’re not just disagreed with, but you’re shamed for disagreeing.

I felt like talking about this topic because I’ve noticed the ease of which people will dismiss you, especially if you happen to be on the other side of the Anita Sarkeesian/GamerGate argument and you’re not a woman-hating bastard.

Now let me get one thing straight. By “Other side,” I don’t include the sexists, the woman haters and those who argue in bad faith. I mean people who have valid critiques of Anita Sarkeesian and others like her. What I noticed from my petition post was the willingness of the people arguing for Anita to not even bother to ask what my own opinion on her were. Instead my post was met with “ugh” and Feminist Frequency videos. Not once was I asked, “Well why are you against Anita? Is there any particular reason why you don’t want her working on Mirrors Edge 2?” These questions weren’t even asked until I pointed out the fact that they were willing to automatically go in on the attack before even knowing what my reasoning was.

(Before I go further, I’d like to clarify my use of “status quo,” in reference to people like Anita and sites like Polygon)

This needs to stop, we’re seeing a culture of shame were you’re not allowed to speak in opposition of the status quo. People are too willing and eager to throw you into a camp with the rest of the “extremists” and throw away the key. Is that how progress in video games should be made? “Oh you don’t agree with Anita has to say? Well instead of asking you why you don’t, I’m going to assume that you’re one of the many extremists that just doesn’t want to hear what a woman has to say and therefore your opinion is now invalidated because of my assumption.” People are willing to do this instead of hearing one another out.

Both sides do this

Which prompted me to write this piece. I’ve steadily noticed the increased readiness for people to throw aside others thoughts and opinions. Like I said before, this a is a common thing in the real world, it happens, but when you’re trying to start a discussion on something like gender representation in videogames, how much better are you if you’re telling someone that happens to not agree with you to basically shut and be quiet?

It has become OK to excise, vilify and attack anyone that might disagree with the opinions of the status quo. Here in lies the problem: How can one expect any kind of discussion or progress, especially on one so polarizing as a gender discussion? Disagreement is one thing, but to shout one side down because you’ve automatically assumed that the reason they stand against you is because they hate women or they’re angry misogynistic bullies isn’t entirely fair. It’s the equivalent of those “Misogynistic bullies” who call anyone who talks about gender issues a “feminazi” or “white knight.” More often than not you’re going to hear about the misogynistic bullies before you hear about the abuse that those who have their own logical arguments receive from the “status quo.” What does this mean for a man or woman who wants to argue their point? You either throw up your hands, or forge ahead to make your point clear to those who want to throw you in with the Gamergate/anti women-in-games crowd and hope that those you are having the discussion with are at least open minded enough to hear you out.

 

Bami O