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Comics have also done a bit to normalize disabilities in the eyes of their readers. Kids growing up with a disability might be able to find their favorite superhero rocking out with a disability of their own. So, here (and with a huge tip of the hat to my bigger nerd than I partner for letting me pick his brain), is a list of major players with disabilities who were portrayed as more than props or pathetic tropes meant to teach the able-bodied A Very Special Lesson.
Subtitles in Assassin’s Creed II and Ubisoft’s Pledge (It sure looks like I am flexing some kind of nerd cred or something…)
When Assassin’s Creed II came out I read in The Guys Game Informer that they made a lot of changes based on what fans wrote to Ubisoft asking for. Before I was willing to get this for The Guy for X-mas this year, I needed to see two things: 1) That the playable character could not drown in a two fucking inches of water, and 2) subtitles. Well what do you know, this iteration’s assassin can fucking swim, and Assassin’s Creed II includes subtitles for all of the game play.
The more ways we find to help our returning troops the better. If they aren’t thriving in the traditional therapy programs (and I can understand why), or if they aren’t being given proper therapy in addition to their drug treatments (I can relate), then we need to find therapy programs that do help them. We owe it to them.
At Change.org’s Women’s Rights Blog:
I have hopes that the military and the Armed Forces Committee will get their collective acts together and do some basic things in the name of equality and human dignity in 2010.
The loss of troops from vital places is an important point to ponder — but a policy that targets women, whether intended to do so or not, isn’t the way to get the mission accomplished.
The existing laws for workplace norms and leave were made over 50 years ago, when your typical family and worker looked a little more like The Donna Reed Show, while today’s families might look more like early seasons of the Gilmore Girls (with less TV magic). The Family Medical Leave Act offers unpaid leave to women after giving birth and to other workers after things like surgery, but that does little good to workers who can’t afford to miss a paycheck.
I have scant patience for anti-choicers who stretch or misconstrue the truth, misrepresent facts, mislead the public (especially teenagers), or otherwise lie about pro-choice policies or what it is that feminists are fighting for when it comes to reproductive justice. I feel the same way when it comes to the pro-choice side — which is why I am particularly irked by glaring errors in reporting military policy on abortions by feminist or women’s rights blogs.
That’s all I’ve got for now. I’d better get my butt back to work! In the mean time, what have you been up to?