Hawaii was first called the Sandwich Islands.
The earliest habitation supported by archaeological evidence dates to as early as 300 CE, whereas the 1778 arrival of British explorer James Cook was Hawaiʻi’s first documented contact with European explorers. Cook named the islands the “Sandwich Islands” in honor of his sponsor John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich.
Because things only exist when Europeans discover them smh
What happened was that she made a joke about straight people on Instagram. It’s pretty clear from the text of the post that the straight person she was referring to was her boyfriend or possibly using clumsy language of being in a straight relationship to indicate her relationship with her boyfriend. Or it could have been sarcasm. The exact quote was “Straights celebrating their pride by unLEASHING our gayness”. Her boyfriend was on a leash. She is including herself in the gayness, but that isn’t what got picked up.
Because the gossip media RAN WILD with the idea that this was her coming out as straight. Because OF COURSE she must really be straight, bisexual women are ALWAYS really straight don’tchaknow. She never released a statement, she never described herself as straight, in fact she has YEARS of interviews emphasizing her bisexuality but one clumsily worded joke was enough for the biphobes to pounce. Even bi-friendly sites that should fucking know better like The Biscuit ran with catty headlines calling her straight.
In the aftermath she liked and retweeted a bunch of people’s comments like “duh this was obviously a JOKE” but at some point she is probably going to have to address it. I know she just released a new album so we’ll see if it comes out as she does more interviews and promos. I get the impression that she doesn’t want to even validate such ridiculousness with a response but she probably will have to clarify at some point.
Who run the world?
Well I know where I’m going motor boating this weekend.
I’m laughing so fucking hard
oh my god
It is really problematic that people are not seeing why Final Fantasy XV having an all male playable cast is wrong.
This is literally the first time that the series has done this since the first Final Fantasy, 27 years ago. Every Final Fantasy since then has included at least one playable female character. It has become something to be expected from the franchise — to have dynamic female characters to be able to play as.
Female inclusion is NOT a trade off. I repeat. Female inclusion is NOT a trade off.
It is baffling to see people using the excuse of “WELL FINAL FANTASY XIII HAD AS MANY PLAYABLE FEMALE CHARACTERS AS MEN AND SO DID TYPE-0”. Are you seriously implying that a limit on female characters exists, that there is a point when it is too much? When it is unnatural?
Female inclusion is something that should be continuous, as seeing male characters in video games is. Women make half of the population in the world and the ratio of female to male gamers has steadily balanced over the last recent years. There is no excuse for this.
The world and video games are not just some sort of Boys Club where no girls are allowed. This very mindset has led to the exclusion, threats, and persecution of female gamers and especially those who bring awareness to gender equality. And honestly, this does not go just for Final Fantasy but for any franchise out there in general: the biggest service that you could do to your favorite is to constructively criticize it when there is an incentive, to ensure that they maintain their integrity, appeal, and success. And this is by far an incentive. There is no justification for it.
And news flash: you can still be hyped for a game even if you criticize it. I know that’s the case for me. Excitement and critique can exist side by side. Shocker I know, right?
Expect more from a company that you support.
^Nat speaks the truth here^
The ff fandom really needs to learn that you can still like a thing and be willing to criticize it.
This time last year I was calling S-E out for the sexist bullshit in Lightning Returns, and it seems that they’re going even further backwards with XV which is extremely disappointing. FF is far from a feminist series, but there has been representation in every game since FFII, a time where female characters in games were extremely uncommon. FFXIII had great representation of women. But with LR and XV it looks like they’ve take one step forward and two steps back.
If you like something, you should be willing to criticize it. And if you want to buy something, you should make sure you agree with the policies you’re funding.
Stop following outdated policies blindly.
WHERE ARE SUPERHERO COMICS’ BIG NAME BISEXUAL CHARACTERS?
It’s Celebrate Bisexuality Day today, also called Bisexual Visibility Day — a day to celebrate and promote recognition of those who are sexually attracted to people of more than one gender. The day exists because people with non-monosexual queer identities face unusual challenges in being recognized by both mainstream and queer cultures, yet visibility helps break down barriers and encourage acceptance.
In superhero comics, the problem of bisexual invisibility is as ingrained as anywhere; the medium struggles to acknowledge the existence of anything that didn’t exist in The Honeymooners or The Andy Griffith Show, unless it’s a space god, a shapeshifter, or a parasitic psychic monster. Having a character say, “I’m bisexual” is apparently more implausible than any of those things. There aresigns that the industry is changing in this regard — but slowly, and rather half-heartedly.
The recently announced return of Secret Six at DC Comics under writer Gail Simone and penciller Ken Lashley will allow Simone to follow through on a promise she made back around the time DC’s New 52 reboot. Simone told followers on Tumblr that next time she wrote one of the book’s lead characters, Catman — an old Batman villain turned anti-hero — she would establish his bisexuality.
After a three-year wait, Simone finally has her chance. By her own account it’s a promise she means to keep, and that’s a big deal. Catman will instantly become one of the highest profile bisexual characters in superhero comics. Though not a conventional hero, Catman is at least a dashing leading man, and it’s always important to establish that people with marginalized identities can fill any role in narrative, up to and including the hero roles usually reserved for cis-het white men.
Amazingly, Catman won’t be the only bisexual man leading his own superhero book when Secret Six hits the stands. He may even be the third. But here’s where we get into the usual fog that surrounds too many representations of bisexual identity in the media.