I'm a Hufflepuff/Gryffindor who plays for the Kansas Quidditch.
This is where I talk about quidditch things.
Tbh..I felt like the community as a whole massively jumped on the people making rape jokes in quidditch groups, but because there are some obvious douchebags, somehow we didn't support it enough? I honestly feel like it was 95% of people going against it. But yeah, that made me leave all the quidditch groups. It made me pretty much hate everyone in the sport.

I agree, most of our community showed disapproval toward those that made insensitive comments, and I thought that was great. It’s the continued pressure from some extreme feminists and assholes that worry me. We cannot make progress if we just end up screaming our woes.

That quidditch internet life.

Quidditch has been having lots of problems lately, groups fueling anger and general arguments popping up everywhere have began to take their toll on me.  I’m tired of seeing people fight all the time.  While I’m all for social activism, when it comes to the point where the other side feels so affronted by your approach, you need to rethink your strategy. 

I am a feminist, and you can argue I’m not if you want, I know I am.  However, I’m concerned, because no matter what we do, there’s never going to be a point where everyone agrees, and that makes me sad.  We’re so forward, but we’re still under the thumb of the society we grew up in. To expect an instant change is really unrealistic, and the aggressive start ups and responses may even put us back. 

I don’t think it’s fair to attack someone over the internet.  Half the time, the attacker does not know the intended in real life.  I’d be willing to bet my non-existent fortune that 50% of the people who verbally attacked Vanessa Goh don’t know her in real life.  She’s a feminist, like me, but it doesn’t matter because she isn’t “extreme” enough.  Her argument was OVERLOOKED because she had an “unpopular opinion.”

Well fuck it.

If you dive straight into attacking someone’s character from one post and never having spoken to them in real life, I hope you take a long look at what you’ve written and how you’ve treated someone. 

I’m probably not the most liked person and I know for sure I’m not super respected, but I have opinions and I don’t think they should be dismissed just because you don’t agree with them.

This isn’t the fault of feminists, we have a lot to fight against and even more to fight for, but when it comes down to it, if you’re going to really stir the pot without an example, it’s going to be hard for us to reach people.

You don’t spank a puppy for pooping on the floor when there haven’t been any incidents recently.  They’re not going to relate the two things, they’re just going to be hurt and it won’t end well. 

Obviously I’m not a leading name on feminism or anything.  I don’t have to prove my feminism because it doesn’t matter to me what you think of me as long as I feel comfortable with myself.  If you just try to pick a fight with me, I’ll consider what you say, but I’m not entirely sure I’ll reply.

Also, guys. Listen up a little.  I know it’s hard to grasp and you’ll feel like you’re being attacked, but maybe, just maybe, look past the anger and try to get a glimpse of what’s being said.  From the responses, you know the triggers now: rape jokes, slut shaming, the works.  Try to just be a little more sensitive.  But I can’t control anyone, obviously, so if you feel that you’re still justified in your behaviour to really go ahead and make jokes others deem inappropriate, I’m not responsible for the verbal firing squad that comes down on your ass.

This is a little belated, since I’ve left ATR and have not come across too many feminist tangle ups, but I figured I’d air my woes anyway. 

All I know is that I want to respect the quidditch community.

We are more than just squabbles, quidditch is a platform to move forward in society as a group, but this group  is full of different people and different ideals.  That’s what makes us so great.

tl;dr

Don’t be an asshole.


And on that note, please ignore typos and my blatant inability to express myself properly.

With all these fantasy tournaments happening, I’m kind of sad because I can’t go to any of them.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT IT’S TOTALLY COOL CAUSE I JUST REMIND MYSELF THAT I WON’T BE BY MYSELF AT A REGIONAL FANTASY TOURNAMENT WHERE NO ONE KNOWS ME.

A+ coping technique, Kristine.

Thanks, self. 

neektay:

am i the only one that felt this weekend that if you weren’t the Lost Boys or UCLA, people from the west generally didn’t give too much of a shit about your team? except for the other teams who were in your same boat (ASU + USC foreva)

like, unless you were being used in a statistic for how the west kicked ass, people didn’t mention you or talk about you or root for you otherwise.

but maybe that’s just me.

I kind of feel the same way about the Midwest and Kansas.  Not to say that people have ignored us by any means, but BG’s success story far outweighs Kansas’ succession of expectations.  I’m not saying BG doesn’t deserve the attention, they do, but Kansas just kind of seems like an afterthought sometimes.  Then again, I suppose I’m kind of bitter.  

I’m not an analyst, or a top name player, but I really do love this sport, and not being in Florida this weekend killed me. There were so many people I wanted to meet and hug and laugh with, but it’s okay because even though I wasn’t there so many people were.  And that’s what matters.  The people and the competition in the face of adversity is what this sport is all about.  No matter how many comments or bad articles will patronise us, we will still play and win.  We will fight on the field, scream when we win, and cry when we lose.  We are quidditch players, all of us, and the gathering of that magnitude and success is incredible. 

I love you all, and I’m sad I couldn’t be there this weekend.  But I want you all to know how proud I am of every single one of you.  We have to deal with being shat on all the time by people who don’t understand.  But we are brave enough to cross nations and seas to participate in something we all love, quidditch.

Congratulations, UT, you’re an awesome team.

Of course, UCLA, amazing job.  

Kansas, I will always love you, and we sure did show them. :)

Boston players, stay safe, my heart goes out to you.

We really are an amazing group of people.

No one was that concerned about Kansas.

Well, we showed them. :)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

twobirdsbuildanest:

Quidditch… it’s not just for Harry Potter anymore  

Today C and I went to a “real, live” quidditch tournament! Until this lovely opportunity landed itself in our laps, I was completely unaware that muggles had taken up the sport at all, and I was incredibly excited to find out how the game had been translated. I hoped it would be awesomely entertaining, and we were not disappointed. 

Here’s what we learned:

1. Yes, they do run around with broomsticks between their legs and, yes, it does look ridiculous. However, we reasoned that it also makes the game more impressive, because it is inevitably more difficult to throw/catch/run/tackle with a stick between your legs. 

2. The “snitch” in muggle quidditch is a dude dressed in all yellow with a tennis ball in a sock type thing hanging from the back of his gym shorts. In order to capture the snitch, the seekers must snatch the snitch away from the shorts. This proves to be quite entertaining. Within 5 minutes of our arrival today we saw one snitch loose his shorts in a rumble with the team seekers (image 1 in our photo set).

3. Quidditch is a very physical, full contact sport (see images 2 and 3), and there seem to be relatively few rules about what is considered a bad hit. We hadn’t been there too long before the medics had been called to the field for a fierce knee to the face (don’t worry, the player was OK), and that wasn’t the only time medical attention was needed that we saw. People were clotheslining each other left and right, and we saw more than a few snitches throw down with seekers. Also, when someone is injured on the field everyone has to put their brooms on the ground to stop play, because as I heard someone on the sidelines explain “you can’t fly with your stick on the ground.” 

4. Like in the real game, the snitch can leave the field and the seekers can  pursue it. While we were there, three games were going on at once, and snitches were all over the place - running through multiple fields, down by the river, over at the concession stand. If I were a player I think I might have a difficult time trying to keep track of which snitch was mine. 

5. Quidditch as a sport seems to be quite popular. Teams participating in the tourney were from all over CA - Stanford, UCLA, Santa Barbara, Silicon Valley. Yes, teams seem to be characterized by a certain type of nerdiness, but its the kind of nerdiness that accompanies all Harry Potter related things - the kind that reaches across barriers and brings together nerds from many camps. I like that.

Conclusion: quidditch is a pretty intense sport that seems to strike a nice balance between competitive, painful, goofy and fun. All in all, quidditch day = good day.