Beware of Second-hand Opinions

I know this may sound strange coming from what is essentially an online editorial, but people like me should not replace your consumption of new media and new opinions – like ever. Much talk has been made of opinions, some of which I disagree with (namely I don’t hold to the ridiculous notion that opinions are all equal).  That said, there has been a rising industry that deals in opinions, editorials, and other subjective viewpoints, some of which pose as objective fact. 

To help promote stronger online literacy, I’m dedicating this blog post to helping spot second-hand opinion, and knowing when and how to deal with too much influence in your thought process. Remember, an independent brain is a terrible thing to waste. 

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How Women Ruined Young Justice for the Rest of Us

Women…. am I right, fellas? It seems like everything they touch in this world gets a little worse. What have they brought to the world of education? What have they brought to the world of politics? When was the last time that a woman even discovered anything useful in science? Well it turns out that women aren’t just a force for un-action, they are actively ruining things for us guys. Things like Young Justice:


I know what you’re thinking: there’s only two women there and both conform to the ideally thin image demanded by civilized society. That is not the problem. True, while the show wastes episodes devoted to explaining these two’s “character” and “motivation,” the problem with Young Justice is that women actually WATCHED it. Apparently a lot of them, the majority of Young Justice’s strong viewership was women. So, of course, the executives at Cartoon Network had to cancel it.

If Paul Dini is to be believed (he’s a man so we can trust him), then the sole reason that Young Justice went off the air is because, since the majority of the viewership was women, the execs over at Cartoon Network (I’m going to guess also at least 90% male) canceled the show since it wouldn’t sell toys.

…we had families and girls watching, and girls really became a part of our audience…but the Cartoon Network was saying…’no, we want the boys’ action, it’s boys’ action, this goofy boy humor we’ve [got to] get that in there’…I’d say look at the numbers, we’ve got parents watching…[the executives at Cartoon Network say] ‘we’ve got too many girls, we need more boys.’ And that’s why they cancelled us…’We don’t want girls because the girls won’t buy toys….Boys buy the little spinny tops, they buy the action figures, girls buy princesses, we’re not selling princesses.

Just read that again. The nerve, right? WHY COULDN’T THEY HAVE WATCHED SOMETHING WITH PRINCESSES?! Everyone knows that there is not a single super-popular animated show out there starring a woman who is not a princess.

Korra is actually a princess... a princess who beats the snot out of people.
Korra is actually a princess… a princess who beats the snot out of people.

All the Cartoon Network executives wanted was to create a good, wholesome show that sold toys to little boys and little boys only, like a 21st century G.I. Joe or Transformers. Those two shows were both solely marketed towards males and have not produced a single sexist –


Well not more than one –


Okay then that’s –

Fun fact: this shot is not the start of a porn but rather the introduction of the main female character in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Fun fact: this shot is not the start of a porn but rather the introduction of the main female character in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.


For the record, I did try to find the records for Young Justice‘s ratings to confirm (or deny) Mr. Dini’s accusations but was unable to. What I did find was that the show was highly rated on IMDB, praised on, and that there is a petition to bring the show back. Apparently a Kickstarter campaign was also considered. Clearly this just means that the women are organized and are actively trying to trick the Cartoon Network executives. Rest assured, they are men and no attempt at manipulation or well-formulated argument will penetrate their testosterone-reinforced skulls.

This is a shame since I just binge-watched the first season (on vacation, don’t judge me) of Young Justice and it was rather entertaining. There was excellent story continuity, strong characters, and the show appeared to contain applicable morals for teens growing up. F*cking women though… am I right, Mr. Dini?

That’s the thing, you know I hate being Mr. Sour Grapes here, but I’ll just lay it on the line: that’s the thing that got us cancelled on Tower Prep, honest-to-God was, it’s like, ‘we need boys, but we need girls right there, right one step behind the boys’—this is the network talking—’one step behind the boys, not as smart as the boys, not as interesting as boys, but right there.’ And then we began writing stories that got into the two girls’ back stories, and they were really interesting. And suddenly we had families and girls watching, and girls really became a big part of our audience, in sort of like they picked up that Harry Potter type of serialized way, which is what The Batman in boarding school [?] is really gonna kill. But, the Cartoon Network was saying, ‘Fuck no, we want the boys’ action, it’s boys’ action, this goofy boy humor we’ve gotta get that in there. And we can’t—’ and I’d say, but look at the numbers, we’ve got parents watching, with the families, and then when you break it down—’Yeah, but the—so many—we’ve got too many girls. We need more boys.

Clearly Paul Dini is as outraged at the female audience as I am (with their stupid need to watch things that aren’t about makeup or cooking). Thankfully, the executives at Cartoon Network were able to put a stop to it… this time. Men, we need to be firm on this. If there are little girls out there watching the things that little boys are supposed to be watching, they may start getting the same ideas! The same hopes, the same dreams! They might start wanting what we want, which is bad because everyone knows how clever women are when it comes to getting their way.


Oh well, maybe Netflix will pick it up for another season or two. They are very good at listening to what fans want and providing the appropriate programming. I know what you’re thinking, I will say right now that Netflix is run by a man, but maybe he’s a little like a woman on the inside. Young Justice can only hope. long as girls buy toys.
…as long as girls buy toys.



Even though I think it was pretty obvious, let me just say that this post was brought to you by the letter “S” for sarcasm and sexism.

Special Address: "An Open Letter to Facebook"

Hey guys, I know it’s highly unusual that I post twice in one day but there is something I wanted to bring to everyone’s attention. Here is the link to the original article. Please read it thoroughly before we continue and I would advise looking at the comments below as well.

Warning: this post contains nudity. If that offends you, well in this instance I’d like you to read anyway.

I would like to thank author Jackie for bringing this matter to the forefront as I feel it addresses a large problem with the media culture that is currently in place. She writes a valid point that yes, if Facebook wishes to allow sexual objectification on their website, it really isn’t too much to ask that they promote sexual education as well. There are even marketing advantages to promoting both (I’m sure Trojan and other companies would welcome higher levels of sex education). So again, thanks Jackie. You are bringing up an issue of the old media machine and why it is so important that new media has risen. As Red Rings of Redemption is a web blog devoted to the realm of media (and all matters contained within) we gladly offer our support to your goal.

However, it is crucially important that, going forward, the central focus of this campaign remain in the spotlight. This is not, I repeat, NOT a battle between men and women. This is the inevitable problem that arises when old ways of thinking are adapted into new systems. What do I mean by that: very simple. It is incredibly hypocritical to live in a world that preaches both body shame (particularly associated with certain areas of the body) and the use of sex appeal as a marketing tool. It just doesn’t add up.

The culture of body shame is the older one and the one that (in my opinion) needs to be lost. This attitude that we should be ashamed of our bodies is a remnant left over from days when the world functioned under a different order. Was it right back then: maybe, probably not. Is it right today: definitely not. I’m not saying to go naked everywhere as you please, clothes were invented for very sound and logical reasons. However, the fact that both women and men can wear clothing that leaves nothing to the imagination and still be completely accepted whereas if even one nipple is flashed it becomes offensive does not make sense. Here is a perfect example:

Yes there is a boob in this picture. Did that affect you? Please consider why.
Yes there is a boob in this picture. Did that affect you? Please consider why.

In February 2004, Janet Jackson became a center of controversy after a planned “wardrobe malfunction”. This ignited a lot of moral outrage while at the same time giving the event more publicity than any Superbowl before or since (the two systems in action). Let’s please look at this. What is she wearing? Why is that not offensive, it is incredibly sexually suggestive. She was on stage singing “Rock Your Body” with Justin Timberlake, are you going to tell me there is nothing contained in the lyrics of that song that is any less than a nipple. That’s what offended so many people. A nipple! Not the fact that is was her breast, not the fact that Justin Timberlake tore off a section of her costume (people worked hard making that you jerk). Not even the fact that she was wearing really bizarre looking nipple jewelery (I don’t understand that culture). Just the fact that you could see her nipple did more to offend people and captured more news media than all of the current atrocities happening in Syria.

Western media needs to evolve past this. Let me stress that more: American media (I include Canada as well, I’m not familiar enough with Mexico’s media to lump them in) needs to evolve past this. And they have been. There has been progress as, little by little, the culture of shame has begun to chip away. Obviously we’re not there yet, this post would not exist unless it had to.

Companies like Facebook and Google enjoy an unprecedented level of power in the early 21st century and power is what is needed to change culture. I’m sure people like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg are not big believers in the culture of sexual shame.

This next statement is pure theory and conjecture: I believe that ending the culture of sexual shame might also help subdue (or at least weaken) the culture of sexual objectification. Think about that for a moment. My train of thought right now is operating on the Forbidden Fruit principle. Tell a child they cannot have a cookie then leave the room. What is the first thing that child will go for? Tell an eighteen year old they’re too young to drink, what will they do? Tell a person that it is wrong to have pride in the human body and it will become a major presence in the world of media marketing. Is this the correct response: absolutely not but it is the response that has happened.

Pictured: two people walking topless on a beach. If you're thought was that one was not okay and the only reason for that was: cause she's a woman, congratulations you have just had a sexist thought today. You're welcome.
Pictured: two people walking topless on a beach. If your thought was that one was not okay and the only reason for that was: cause she’s a woman, congratulations you have just had a sexist thought today. You’re welcome.

I don’t know what will happen if we remove the culture of shame but I honestly don’t foresee any real negative repercussions. When has more open discussion ever hurt an issue? We have been removing cultures for the past two centuries: we are currently in the midst of removing a culture of inequality (more people can vote and express their opinions now than ever before, think about that). Point is: cultures fall and we can all do our part to remove this one. No one, man, woman, transgender, should ever feel ashamed to question their bodies or afraid to seek out education in regards to that matter.

So I am joining my fellow blogger Katie in writing to Facebook and asking them to revise their guidelines. It is a small step but a necessary one. I am asking that my readers join me in this if they support my argument. If you don’t please, feel free to talk it out with me. I look forward to such discussions. I believe in this and will defend it but it’s important to keep thinking and keep changing. Nothing in our world is perfect, that includes our media. Great thing about technology is it has given us all a voice. And we can make a difference. Even if it’s small. Thank you for listening, I hope this made you think.