Thanks, everyone, for tolerating my recent short hiatus from blogging. I was struggling with the hospitalization of a family member (who is now on the mend, thank goodness), and needed some time to be supportive to my family. Now that things are looking up, I'm ready to devote my full attention to this blog.
I'd just like to mention a conflict that occurred in the comments section of a recent entry, because I think it does a good job of illustrating the levels of discourse that I find tolerable and intolerable. I've stated previously that it's not my desire to censor comments or commenters for being contrary to my own opinions, and that remains true. In this instance, the commenter wasn't happy with something I'd said about a particular series, and that's certainly their right. They went so far as to call this blog "shitty," which is not something I like to hear (especially in the midst of what I was dealing with last week), but which I can accept. What crossed the line (and which caused me to ban the commenter), was that they used a homophobic slur to try and emphasize their dislike of me and my opinions, and that's entirely out-of-line as far as I'm concerned. Employing language that's been used to hurt and discriminate against people is really the lowest-of-the-low, and I would hope that anyone else who frequents this website would know better.
On a lighter note, the person also seemed to think that I was a man, which I found amusing. Gender on the internet is one of those subjects that's difficult to talk about without sending both sides into a frothing rage. I've probably never mentioned this before, but I go by "Jessi" rather than my full name (Jessica, as you'd probably guessed), because aside from its spelling, the shortened version of my name is fairly gender-neutral. I don't do this because I want to "pass as a man" on the internet, but instead because I'd rather my gender not be the main issue of my writing unless I choose it to be. One unfortunate consequence of being a woman on the internet is that there are people out there willing to troll me simply because of who I am, and more so because of some of the subject matter I focus on. I do think that my experience as a woman is different from what's considered the average (read: Male) experience, and I think that's something worth talking about when circumstances call for it. But it doesn't take a set of lady parts to comment on sexism or critique anime episodes, so I choose to make it a non-issue for the most part, and I hope everyone will see fit to respect that.
I am now in the midst of catching up on anime that I'd meant to watch last week, so more first episode reviews are forthcoming. Thanks for continuing to stop by and I hope that everyone enjoys reading what I have to write (even if you might disagree with me).