Introducing Ranger (XX)

Can you breathe life into it?

 

Ever since helping bring my children into this world and literally being there with my bare hands ready to catch the child as it entered (and exited), I’ve had a profound veneration for women. To be clear, I mean wom(b)en. There is something incredibly magical about the female powers of birth and rearing.

While men tend to exhibit obvious external strengths, womben seem to have always had a profound inner strength that makes them able to shape every single human form, male or female. No matter how strong, intelligent or accomplished the person, in the beginning it was a womban that shaped him or her . And to make matters more impressive I then witnessed how for two full years my wife fed our children entirely through the use of her own mammary glands. And goodness my kids got so incredibly FAT (lol!).

So as a tribute to these womben goddesses around the world I’d like to introduce Ranger XX and Ranger XY. For four years Ranger has been an androgynous doll, but I found that everybody always referred to it as a “he” So in order to bring balance, the two are now separate.

For those whom might be triggered by this, bear in mind I didn’t call them “he” or “she” I’ve called them “XX” and “XY” and the word Ranger is already gender neutral. So I hope, on this mother’s day,  you’ll all join me in recognizing the goddesses that created us and nurtured us. They deserve to be celebrated and cherished. And yes, while it appears many in politics are welcoming the mechanization of the sexes I’ve chosen to use the term womben to draw a distinction so nobody gets offended by this. Yes, I do believe a distinction needs to be made.

 





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Ok now to some technical stuff. For those whom already own a Ranger model, all you have to do to make your Ranger into an XX is to purchase the XX head and XX torso. Both of these come with the neck and peanut joint all of which, combined, makes the XX armature slightly shorter with more feminine features. You can purchase these pieces individually here:

https://armaturenine.com/create_onesix.html

The far less expensive way to do this though is to purchase the add-on at the time of purchasing your Ranger model.  There’s a drop-down now that allows you to add all the components for the other gender for only an additional $20.

 

18 thoughts on “Introducing Ranger (XX)

  1. Reducing people to their body parts? Lovely. If you wanted to sell an armature torso with breasts, just say so — don’t spout off flowery, transphobic trash like this. I am severely disappointed in you, and I don’t think I can justify the purchase I was thinking about making.

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    1. Ok — flew off the handle here. I do apologize for that. I didn’t mean to attack. However, I remain disappointed.

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  2. I’m so sorry to hear that’s what you got from the post. To be clear there were two things this post attempted to address: One was to celebrate mothers on mothers day. Never to say that only mothers could be women. That would be absurd since many women don’t have children.

    Second was my frustration with the fact that nobody ever saw Ranger as a “she”. And in order to address the absence of the “her” or the “she” I came out with this second variant. By calling them XX and XY I was trying to use a mechanical description void of identification. That way someone whom had already purchased an XY ranger could still call it a “she” if they wanted to. Note the slogan “Can YOU breathe life into IT”

    I’m incredibly disappointed that despite my efforts to be sensitive, many still found themselves offended by this post and read into it something that was not there or at least certainly not intended. In fact many read exactly the OPPOSITE of what I was saying!

    If you’d like to know what was the straw that broke the camel’s back when leading me to make this change, it was when my daughter was trying to create doll costumes with Ranger and was having a hard time creating dresses without the volume on the torso. So there’s a far more mechanical and functional purpose to this change as well which is to help artists out there, be they those working with costumes, sculpture, painting or drawing.

    … and not to reduce people to their body parts. It makes me incredibly sad that I come across like that kind of person. Sorry to you and anyone that was offended by this post.

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  3. your comment about ppl being “triggered” was 100% unneeded and just ignorant. also, “sorry you are offended” is not an apology. You make cool stuff but your attitude is terrible. I will definitely never buy from you.

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  4. “…and not to reduce people to their body parts. It makes me incredibly sad that I come across like that kind of person.”

    You literally wrote these words: “To be clear, I mean wom(b)en.” Womb Is A Body Part, Dingus. And you associate the Womb with being Female and Childbirthing and Rearing. Again, your words.

    What absolute waffle and what a garbage fauxpology.

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  5. I am horrified by anyone being referred to as a “womban.” Ick. It sounds like you’re saying that the defining feature of a woman with a uterus is the uterus alone (“womben seem to have always had a profound inner strength” — and regular old “women” don’t?), which is hugely insulting, and that women without a uterus aren’t ~special~ like “womben,” which is even more so.

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  6. It’s one thing to make a doll with a more feminine torso and head.
    What’s problematic is the transphobic language, and the insincere apologies.
    It is awful that people were seeing Ranger as just a “he” and the names for ranger xx and xy are pretty clever, I’ll give you that

    What bothers me, and many others, is the language you use in the post.
    First of all…”womben”……. There are plenty of women, trans and cis, who don’t have a womb. My mother, for instance had to have a hysterectomy, therefore is not a “womban” and my girlfriend is transgender. No womb, not a “womban”
    Your post seems to be saying that only women with wombs (defining people by their body parts is also uncool) are “goddesses”.
    Women who decide to give birth should 100% be celebrated, I’m sure that’s no walk in the park! But there are plenty of struggles ALL women face on a daily basis that need to be celebrated, too.
    What I am trying to say, I guess, is I’m sure you had good intentions for this post, but you could have promoted the dolls a little differently.

    And something else many (myself included) have a problem with is “I’m sorry you’re offended”….that’s not exactly a sincere apology. You may mean it as a sincere “I’m sorry” but the phrase carries negative “victim blaming” themes that make it come off as not so sincere.

    Your dolls are amazing. They really are. There’s just some things in this post that can easily be taken the wrong way.

    Thank you for your time reading my comment.

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  7. If you meant “mothers,” there is already a word for that. It’s “mothers.” Not “womben,” a very weird construction which is still making me shudder.

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  8. “Celebrating mothers shouldn’t be divisive”. That’s not the problem and you are missing the point. No one is complaining about the mother’s day post or celebrating mother’s day. People are upset about the language used to describe the models as well as the other transphobic language in the article that is completely separate from celebrating Mother’s Day.

    You are focusing on something that is a non-problem to avoid focusing on the real problem. Using XX and XY language is inherently transphobic as it used to say you aren’t really a man/woman unless you have these chromosomes. It also completely ignores that fact that people who are X, XXY, XXYY, and so forth exist in various gender identities and configurations. That is one of the problems.

    The other problem is the use of the word womben, a word that completely denotes a woman’s identity down to her possession of a womb. For someone who is trying to use neutral language and not denote people down to body parts, using this extremely transphobic term does just that. A woman is a woman because she has a womb. It goes against your intention and only serves to be not only transphobic but sexist as well.

    These are the issues people are having. Going on a tirade about how holidays are inherently discriminatory to someone (they aren’t) completely misses the point people are trying to bring up to you. You wanted to do a Mother’s Day post and you did one. No one has a problem with that. What people are trying to tell you is that you did it in an extremely transphobic, cis-centric, and sexist way that ended up completely erasing and overshadowing your original purpose.

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  9. They are not the same. They are different. One involves enacting prejudice and one involves being able to tell between two things. While difference is involved in prejudice, this in convoluted and unnecessary. Also discrimination, as the sociological definition (I’m a sociologist), involves power and societal implications that mean a person who is not handicapped cannot be discriminated against by a handicapped person. This is what we would refer to as privilege and so forth but that is a different matter.

    The topic of transgender people is coming up because, for the umpteenth time, the language used is transphobic. Intention does not matter. It is a fact that it is transphobic as denoted by me (a trans person) and the many other trans people telling you it is transphobic. This is not something you get to decide as you do not experience the implications these words and the associations with these words bring. Words have meaning both literal and social. Just because you feel you are going by their literal meaning does not mean that they do not have implications and reach beyond their original definitions. Language is extremely social and culturally bound and thus, words carry meanings beyond their original that shape how people see and interact with the world.

    You should have just used the word Mothers. Done. You did not need to go off talking about wombs. There are many mothers who have children who do not have wombs. Adoption, surrogacy, and so forth are all legitimate ways of having children and becoming a mother. Your inclusion of womban (which is a word once again rooted in the idea of a woman with their physical body), and so forth was completely unnecessary and once again one of the reasons people are bringing up inherent transphobia in the post. You did not need to iterate any body parts at all. There was absolutely zero need to. Mothers who do not give birth to their children are no less legitimate mothers or legitimate women (which the term womban implies).

    People have repeatedly laid out the problems with the language used in the post and you have repeatedly shoved you hands over your ears instead of listening. These are people who are affected by the language, unlike you. People with wombs, people who are trans, and people who are parents. All people who are qualified to speak on the language used.

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  10. previous commenters have all made very good arguments re: the transphobia and dyadism displayed in this post and your responses, so i will not repeat them. instead, i want to know: who the hell asked for this to be a thing to buy? was working with the female form in armature ten (whose parts, you say, will be compatible with a9’s) not enough? why does it bother you so much to have the previous “””default””” ranger armature referred to as male, when it is an inanimate doll free to be anything the customer wants it to be?

    if nothing else, to essentially go “happy mothers’ day, here’s an armature with breasts so you can tell it’s supposed to be female!” feels SUPER TACKY to me. in addition: what of the mothers who did not bear their child (eg adoption, surrogacy)? what of elder sisters, aunts, grandmas, and other motherly figures? you seem to believe that childbirth is the end-all-be-all of motherhood, without regard to the hard work put in for years afterward.

    you’ve made some reputation-tarnishing mistakes here. the least you can do is stop fighting the criticism you’re receiving and admit that you screwed up.

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  11. It’s offensive to people because you didn’t use “mother,” a perfectly fine established word for that purpose. You used “womban,” a cringe-inducing abomination of a word that somehow manages to be sexist, transphobic, and just plain gross at the same time.

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  12. I’ve put some more thought into people’s reaction to yesterday’s blog post (be it through email or comments) and I’ve come to the conclusion that there is something at hand here that was not said by those that wrote me or by my responses to them so I’ll put it here:

    We should all try to remember that when we celebrate someone or a group of people, it doesn’t mean we are uncelebrating somebody that doesn’t fall into that category. In other words, on father’s day it doesn’t mean we’re uncelebrating mothers. And when celebrating mothers it doesn’t mean we’re uncelebrating those that don’t have or can’t have children. It would be as infantile as a child being upset to go to a friend’s birthday party because all they could think of is that it wasn’t their own birthday being celebrating.

    It’s a very real thing, however, that many people feel left out when holidays come around. After all, every single holiday or even pride parades could be seen as an act of discrimination. By putting the spotlight on a very specific group of people you inevitably leave everyone else out. Does that mean we should stop dong these things? It’s certainly not the intention (to leave people out) but I can see why some people might feel this way. I never celebrated Christmas growing up and remember feeling alienated as a kid whenever the holiday came around. I eventually matured and grew out of it and have now come to appreciate the holiday merely for the eye candy and people’s good cheer…. though I wouldn’t mind it if someone wrote some new music?! lol!

    It’s quite possible that as a society we should try to move away from celebrating or prioritizing any one group of people, because in doing so we will inevitably leave someone else out. It would be great, for instance, if we could all just call ourselves human beings and judge each other by “the content of our character and not the color of our skin” or gender, economic status, height, body type, culture, religion, shoes, clothing, car, etc. Just love each other for being human. That’s certainly a world I would prefer to see; a world where we don’t celebrate any one group but rather just be content with being called human or huemen (which I prefer) because of how beautifully diverse we are.

    Sadly, as the notion of family and community decline in the west, many are eager to identify themselves with their own “tribe” and consequently have become anxious to see division wherever they can find it. This gives people a heightened sensitivity to anything that could be remotely seen as antagonistic. And even when it’s not there they will artificially create it by becoming antagonistic themselves and thus end up fulfilling their own prophecies over time. Cult and gang leaders, politicians and the like, thrive on this stuff and is why they always stoke the flames of division because it’s through division that they can conquer. If you studied history, you’d know this.

    Regardless of our differences, I think we can all agree that every single one of us, no matter our race, gender, or tribe, has or had a mother. And whether you knew her or not, I think the fact she brought you into this world is worth celebrating. That’s why I don’t think celebrating mothers should be a divisive topic. I really don’t. I’m referring to biological mothers which is why I used the word womben. They’re the ones I was trying to put a spotlight on, not take the light away from others. I never meant to imply that only mothers could be women. That would be absurd, especially considering I have numerous female friends that don’t have children and many don’t even want to have any, or can’t. Yet I still consider them to be women.

    Definitions:
    1. Discrimination
    Recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another.

    2. XY Chromosomes
    A sex-determination system found in humans and most mammals. Females typically have two of the same kind of sex chromosome (XX) while males typically have two distinct sex chromosomes (XY).

    3. womban
    A fun word I thought I made up but after some googling appears to be used colloquially to refer to humans capable of birthing children.

    None of these things are transphobic. They’re simply words used to describe biological phenomena completely agnostic to identity, gender and sexual orientation.

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    1. You know that is not the definition of discrimination you were using and if that was the case then you would not be using it to describe how you felt alienated because you didn’t celebrate Christmas. You are literally kicking yourself in the teeth by doing this and retconning your own comment.

      You are treating people like they do not know what chromosomes mean. People know what they mean in popular science HOWEVER, science is taking a turn from defining people based on chromosomes. Why? Because of intersex people. Because people are more than their chromosomes. Because secondary sex characteristics exist. Because trans people exist. If you do not believe me, please look up the article “Sex redefined” on Nature.com. An article referencing many doctors, biologists, and various other scientists in the area.

      “Colloquially to refer to humans capable of birthing children”. Do you not see how that is transphobic? I know many MEN who can have children. Many non-binary people (myself included) who can have children. It is a term literally denoting someone is defined by their womb and their ability to bear children from it (which not everyone with a womb can do anyway). A quick Google search of the word brings up the Wikipedia article which has a section about how the word is transmisogynistic.

      All of these are transphobic. Many TRANS people, including myself, have described to you repeatedly over and over how they are transphobic. Just because you believe they are not does not suddenly make them not. If someone calls someone a slur and says “oh, I don’t think its sexist/homophobic/etc.” doesn’t suddenly make it not. That’s not how language works.

      Please stop plugging your ears and listen to the group of people who are telling you that the language you used is harmful to them and continues to enforce ideas in society that continue to oppress them and lead to problems like the bathroom bills, removal of protections, denial of healthcare and so forth.

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      1. Lucian, the definitions of discrimination are one and the same. While one is differentiating between one thing and another, it’s people that use these differences to justify hate, jealousy or prejudice that makes it bad. So in other words, one can feel discriminated against without being targeted. For instance, a handicap parking space discriminates between the handicapped and those that aren’t. But this doesn’t mean people that aren’t handicapped should feel attacked by it. I’m not sure why the topic of transgender people is even coming up on this thread. I never mentioned transgender people once. I was merely talking about humans that create babies with their bodies and how on mother’s day it’s a great day to celebrate them. I normally would have just used the word woman but this would have been untruthful because there are many women that don’t have this capacity. I was using a word to communicate a very specific type of human being; a biological mother. I’m not sure why this is so offensive to people. I personally think this particular type of human being is awesome and worth celebrating, especially on mother’s day.

        I think people often forget how marginalized biological mothers have felt in recent years. Marginalized by popular culture and even their own sex. The women’s march, for instance, celebrated abortion and hedonism more than motherhood. So I feel proud to take a moment out of my day to praise biological mothers, on mother’s day. I think they do the world a great service. Heck, none of us would be here if it weren’t for them. I’m not sure why praising this group of special individuals is so offensive to others. By the logic people are employing in their replies to me it makes me think that if I were to wish people a Merry Christmas on December 25th, I’d get a bunch of people calling me anti Semitic. It’s simply faulty logic. I’ll say it again: Celebrating a group of people does NOT mean you are uncelebrating everyone else.

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  13. So let me get this straight. You take the time to write an eloquent homage to women whom can bare children and the emotional strength and spirituality they have due to it. Praise them for raising the children and giving them guidance. Even went far enough to have a basic trigger warning in it, pointed out gender neutral terms, and no pronouns, instead opting for chromosome expression. Yet you were bombarded by people being offended and missing the point of your post? This proves one thing beyond a shadow of doubt, trigger warnings are a waste as some people just find ways to be triggered.

    I do love the “attacking your wallet” technique they always go for though. Game developers see the same tactics: “i’m not going to buy your games.”, “I’m never going to play your games again.”, “I’m reconsidering your game I was thinking about buying.” Which is fine because most of them spend their time bashing capitalism so they wouldn’t have bought them anyways as it would support capitalism.

    No matter what you do, there is always going to be someone offended. All you can do as an artist, game developer, or anything else is do right by yourself and your spouse and children..

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  14. Thank you BHXSpecter!

    I’m going to end this thread with this. Mother’s day is for all mothers. Be she your biological mother or not. Be she a he, a them, a s/he, a ze. It doesn’t matter. She is still your mother. But it is YOU that should take the time on mother’s day to honor your mother and share your story.

    My experience has been entirely with biological mothers and so I took the time to share my experience, amazement and to celebrate them. I will reiterate something else that I think is important. Biological mothers are severely ostracized in modern society. Perhaps the LARGEST ostracized and alienated group in society. There are probably thousands near you breastfeeding little infants right now, but when was the last time you saw a mother breastfeeding? People on this thread have absolutely no clue what biological mothers go through. That much is clear right now. NO CLUE!

    And the fact that some of you “cringe” at the idea of a womb being revered in my post is indicative of something sinister going on in people’s hearts. The womb is sacred, in my opinion. It’s the wellspring of human life for goodness sake. EVERY life. It’s my love for life and for the human form that underpins my work with Armature Nine.

    In future threads I will continue to underscore my love of life, my love of humanity and diversity with the A9-RIGS. So in the future remember this. If I share my love for something or for someone, it doesn’t mean I’m unloving those not mentioned. This is a profoundly infantile way to think.

    I’ve done more research and it appears this word I thought I had invented, was invented by feminism in the 90’s as a repudiation of the word “man” see here:

    Womyn is one of several alternative spellings of the English word women used by some feminists.[1] There are many alternative spellings, including womban and wommon (singular), and wimmin (plural). Some writers who use alternative spellings see them as an expression of female independence and a repudiation of traditions that define females by reference to a male norm.[2]

    If you search for it online you’ll find it’s mostly women that use it in an empowering way, which is not that far out from the way I used it.

    (THIS THREAD IS NOW CLOSED)

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