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Let's take a moment to examine how men are treated in video games. (It's not good either.)

Even though video games are predominantly created by men, the way male characters are treated is astoundingly problematic.

Let's take a moment to examine how men are treated in video games. (It's not good either.)

His arguments are pretty convincing.



Jamin Warren makes four key points about how men are portrayed in video games:

It's not that violent video games are bad or that every male character needs to have a dadbod or that no video game should ever have any of the features he objected to.

The problem is not the existence, but the prevalence.

One-dimensional portrayals of men aren't good for anyone. They reinforce harmful stereotypes that limit men's ability to live their best life for themselves.

A little more diversity in how male characters are portrayed and the stories we walk with them through would be a good thing all around.

Of course, men aren't alone in this. For more on how women are treated in games, see my other posts on violence against women in games, harassment of female game developers, and what it looks like when a video game gets a female protagonist right.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

via Gage Skidmore/Flickr and Terry Morgan/Flickr

Senator Ted Cruz and a kangaroo.

Conservative media in the United States has painted Australia as a state on the brink of authoritarianism due to strict COVID-19 protections in some parts of the country. These news outlets appear to be using the country as an example of what can happen in America if liberal politicians go unchecked.

Fox News' Tucker Carlson ran a story on Australia earlier this month claiming the country "looks a lot like China did at the beginning of the pandemic." He ended it by saying that "what's happening in Australia might be instructive to us in the United States" and that things can "change very quickly" and become "dystopian and autocratic."

Carlson provides zero reasons why Americans should be fearful of becoming an autocratic country due to COVID-19, beyond the idea that "things can change very quickly" so his appeals sound a lot more like fear-mongering than genuine concern.

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