Rites of Spring – Lotus

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From the western coast to the beginning of Nettle’s scrub lies a great placid swamp. This is Lotus’ glade, and its peace is as true as it is deceptive. Life teems below this still surface, and so it is with this dryad. The serene contemplation of her gaze is the product of powerful intellectual energies and profound embodied passions. It is said of Lotus that her tongue is both feather and razor, her words fever and remedy in one.

Chat with Lotus in Rites of Spring, the Autumn Harvest game, coming soon to Big World Network.

Rites of Spring – Oak

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art by Molly Kiely

To the east of the Hidden Temple is an ancient forest whose oaken boughs seem impassible to to the casual traveler. This is Oak’s grove, a reflection of her strength, pride, and dignity. Oak takes tradition seriously, but this powerful dryad is no stick in the mud. When treated with due respect, she is cheerful and outgoing, and you’ll find yourself opening up to her in no time. Those who get to know Oak all agree: she makes quite an impression.

Oak will be found lending grace and athleticism to Rites of Spring, the Autumn Harvest game, coming soon to Big World Network.

Cybersilk, pt. 5 – Steubenville

Trigger warning: rape, rape culture.

Steubenville, OH. Two teenagers, football stars, one white, one black, have been sentenced as juveniles in the rape of a teenage girl in Steubenville, a town now torn by the national spotlight.

CNN lamented the damage done to the boys promising careers as athletes, without barely a mention of the victim.

Henry Rollins observed that “this is a failure on many levels. Parents, teachers, coaches, peers all come into play here.” In terms of the light sentencing he said: “I understand the anger but don’t know if adding a decade onto their sentences would be of any benefit. To me, the problem that needs to be addressed is where in the information chain were the two offenders made to understand that what they did was not wrong on every possible level?”

Mia McKenzie addressed rape culture directly. “Rape culture has us always blaming women for rape, whether it’s because of how we’re dressed or how much we drink or whatever. […] It’s sickening. Really, it is.” She also address our terrifying failure as a society to rehabilitate convicted criminals: “They will not likely emerge from prison as two well-adjusted men who respect women and understand that sexual assault against them is not okay. That’s not what prison does for people.”

And it’s not just CNN:

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Tragicomically this all sounds a lot like an Onion story from two years ago: “his greatest achievement came off the court in his freshman year when he overcame the trauma of committing a terrible rape.”

What are the effects of rape culture? Among other things, two more arrests have been made in Steubenville: two teenage girls who threatened the rape victim after her assailants were sentenced.

CNN isn’t directly to blame for any of this, but the egregiously contributed to the culture in which there is sympathy for the rapists and the victim of rape is punished. As Rollins said “It is ironic and sad that the person who is going to do a life sentence is her.”

Petitions calling on CNN to apologize can be found HERE and HERE. Sign both. That’s not sufficient, but it is a start.

Libidinal Investments

I wanted to see how my libidinal investments were doing, so I turned on the news…

“Sexual Tension up fifteen percent, Academic Credibility down ten percent, Consumerist Impulses rose seven and three-quarters percent to a five-week high.

In intertextual trading, Lines of Flight were sideways three-hundred and fourteen percent… wait, these numbers were for Pi day… does anyone have today’s figures?

Anyone?

Thank you, Robyn.

Today’s valuations are not available at this time because they are fluid and lack internal organs.”

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Rites of Spring – Olive

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This is Olive. Her grove provides the Hidden Temple with savory fruit and delicate oil, floral and slightly bitter, with a whisper of salt on the palate. Withdrawn by any standard, and all the more so by comparison to the gregarious Vine, she rarely makes her presence known. Those who have spoken with her say she is calm and reserved, speaking mostly of her duty to the temple and its importance.

The secret of Olive’s sadness can be discovered in Rites of Spring, the Autumn Harvest tie-in game with art by Molly Kiely, coming soon to Big World Network.