I had to understand that the audience only wanted white, straight, male leads. I was assured that as long as I made the white, straight men in my scripts prominent, I could still offer groundbreaking characters of other descriptions (fascinating, significant women, men of color, etc.) – as long as they didn’t distract the audience from the white men they really paid their money to see.
Only to learn there was still something wrong with my writing, something unanticipated by my professors.My scripts had multiple women with names. Talking to each other. About something other than men. That, they explained nervously, was not okay. I asked why. Well, it would be more accurate to say I politely demanded a thorough, logical explanation that made sense for a change (I’d found the “audience won’t watch women!” argument pretty questionable, with its ever-shifting reasons and parameters).
At first I got several tentative murmurings about how it distracted from the flow or point of the story. I went through this with more than one professor, more than one industry professional. Finally, I got one blessedly telling explanation from an industry pro: “The audience doesn’t want to listen to a bunch of women talking about whatever it is women talk about.”
According to Hollywood, if two women came on screen and started talking, the target male audience’s brain would glaze over and assume the women were talking about nail polish or shoes or something that didn’t pertain to the story. Only if they heard the name of a man in the story would they tune back in. By having women talk to each other about something other than men, I was “losing the audience.”
Okay, Tumblr, let’s make this go viral. You all know that representation in the media is desperately needed, and this game is delivering what many of the big-name games haven’t. Pumpkin Online is made by a development team headed by an African-American woman and they’re aiming to make this game as inclusive and friendly as possible. This is a farming/romance sim mixed up with an adventure MMORPG and made incredibly diverse.
You want to play a non-binary character? You got it! You want a range of races in your NPC neighbors? Done! Clothing choices and body features not restricted by gender? It’s in there! Relationships in no way affected by gender or lack of gender? Yes, that too!
Let’s get this thing going viral and help promote the Kickstarter (link in the article) so that everyone gets the chance to play the character they want to play. Reblog buttons, do your thing!
Thank you so much for the support everyone!
The team is extremely excited to see so much support for the diverse community that we are trying to build. Keep up the great work and get us out there!
i find it so incredibly attractive when someone is really good at something, like you can play the violin? damn son. you’re a really talented dj? good for you! i don’t care if you talk to me about quantum physics for an hour straight if i can see the passion in you at some point in that hour i’ll think “whoa, this is really hot.”
HI Nina I know that you are on the paleo diet which im kind of considering trying because although im tiny my diet consists of sugar and i know im messing my body up badly.but everytime i go to the grocery store i never know what to get and just end up buying yogurt and a random fruit. I want to try and start cooking actual meals for myself but i have no clue where to start. I was wondering do you have a grocery list that you write and if you could what key items must you always have thnx!!!
Grocery shopping and cooking for yourself can be pretty intimidating, which is why a lot of people get overwhelmed and just resort to packaged foods and less-healthy options. But there’s no reason to be afraid of it! Cooking is actually really fun, it’s one of my favorite ways to relieve stress and make sure my tummy is full and happy~ ヽ(*・ω・)ﾉ
Here are some great “intro to cooking” resources, along with simple recipes that you can try!
I highly recommend making a Pinterest account so you can easily save and explore recipes online! (I’ve got boards for healthy recipes and Paleo dishes - and healthy desserts, too.) Also, go to your local bookstore and poke around the food section; there’s literally a cookbook for everything you could ever want to eat, and tons are tailored specifically towards students and people who are completely new to the world of cooking.
And here’s my typical grocery list! Most weeks I go to the grocery store (usually Trader Joe’s) at least twice, so I don’t buy all of it at once, but this is what I ultimately buy throughout the week.
As you mentioned, I’m Paleo for medical reasons, so my shopping list is going to omit things that you may be able to eat (i.e. soy, dairy, etc). If that’s the case, feel free to use this as a basic list for yourself, then add or subtract food based on what you can/want to eat!
Last but not least, remember that it’s okay if you make mistakes or burn something - it’s all part of the learning process. Don’t get disheartened if a recipe goes wrong, just keep trying! Best of luck with your cooking adventures~!