The Birth and Death of the Denim Defense

Denim DayPlease note: This is an article about sexual violence. If that bothers you in some way, please move along. Nothing to see here. Thank you.

The University of California, Riverside, is observing Denim Day, an event promoted by Peace Over Violence to protest social mindsets that encourage sexual violence, rape, and victim-blaming. While the official website states the event is to be held on April 29th, UCR is holding it today, on April 22nd. Not sure why. Participants are to wear a red square pin and denim in solidarity with victims of sexual assault. Why denim in particular? Well, that dates back to Italy in 1999, which is probably why I never heard of it- I wasn’t following the news back then. My introduction to this story occurred last week, when a friend gave me the red square pin and, upon my confusion, explained the story. When I got home that night I did a Google search to find what information I could.

And wow is that story a doozy. Continue reading “The Birth and Death of the Denim Defense”

Nintendo’s Selective Memory

Nintendo sent out a press release a few days ago celebrating Women’s History Month with homages to the “Rosie the Riveter” posters, except with their own female characters and boasting about those characters’ strengths and history. After doing some digging, I finally came across a website that seems to have posted the press release in its entirety. I would expect Nintendo to have posted this thing on their own website, but they haven’t, and most of the sites that have bothered to cover it are just summary, small notes, ridicule, or criticism.

Honestly, I agree with the criticism. I’ll give them points for trying, but I can’t believe whoever put this together honestly thought, “yes, this totally proves Nintendo is conscious of and respects the accomplishments of women.” Continue reading “Nintendo’s Selective Memory”