Monday, June 30, 2014

A Writer, Too...

Not that I've been writing much lately, but since good links are worth re-posting, I thought I would share these links to some of my written works (stories and articles) that appear on-line:

- "An Evil in Carnlinton", published in the Feb - Apr '14 Issue, February 2014 of Sorcerous Signals.

- "Father Ryan's Fright" , published in Anotherealm, November 2013.
- "From Within the Earth", published in MicroHorror, November 1, 2010.
- "Speculative Poetry: Past, Present, and Future" , published in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers, January 2009
- "The Battle of Stamford Bridge" on myArmoury.com.

Some stories and articles that I've shared directly on my blog:

-"The Redcap of Glamtallon", originally published in Cover of Darkness, Issue 14, March 2013.
- "Vengeance of the Alpe", originally published in Hungur, Issue 11, All Souls' Night 2010.
"The Abominable Snowman Snowless", originally published in The Drabbler #19: Climate Change, September 2011.
- "The Trouble With Unsolicited Messages", originally published in  The Drabbler #11, June 2008.
- "The Alp and the Schrattl", originally published in  Hungur, Issue 10, Walpurgisnacht 2010.
- "Robert the Bruce", originally published in Abandoned Towers, Issue #6, July 2010.
- "Vampiric UFOs", originally published in Hungur, Issue 7, All Souls' Night 2008.
- "The Darker Side of Fairy Lore", originally published in  Doorways Magazine, Killer Holiday Issue, Issue 4, January 2008.

Though the following are only links to where the publications may be purchased and the  publications themselves do not appear in-full on-line, here are an additional three links to publications wherein which my written works (stories or articles) have appeared:

- Disturbed Digest, Issue #4, which contains my non-fiction article "The Connection Between Fairies and the Dead".
- Bete Noire #14, which contains my horror short story "Those From the Shadows".
- January 2013 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly, containing my wizardly short story "Sing the Bones Alive".

An Artist/Illustrator, Too...

I've had some really good news on the art-front lately. Since recent controversies may have distracted some people from my posts about my creative works, I thought I would write up a summary of recent art news. I've already posted entries about the art on the cover of Spaceports & Spidersilk and the twofer acceptance of both versions of "Sliding Through Another Dimension", but I figured I would do a re-cap of what I already posted plus add mention of some recent sales through my on-line stores.

- My colourful sci-fi artwork "Under the Ice on Enceladus" featuring a black male scientist/astronaut/aquanaut and a reasonably-clad, respectably-posed white female scientist/astronaut/aquanaut appears on the cover of the July 2014 Issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk.

- Both the black and white version and the full-colour version of my surreal sci-fi artwork "Sliding Through Another Dimension" have been accepted for publication in Alban Lake Publishing zines, the black and white as an interior illustration in Outposts of Beyond, the full-colour as cover art for Outposts or another Alban Lake zine.

- Art completed recently: a four-illustration assignment for Sorcerous Signals/The Lorelei Signal.


- Sold recently through Redbubble:  one sticker featuring my dark artwork "Denizens of the Diabolic Wood". This work has sold through Redbubble six times now, mostly on stickers.- Sold recently through CafePress to a customer in Queensland, Australia: the perennial favourite Down Under, my Scottish Thistle and Saltire Decal.

- Another recent sale through CafePress: one Triceratops T Shirt sold to a customer in North Dakota.


- Sold recently (today, actually) through Zazzle to a customer in Lincoln, England: one Tudor Rose Keychain.

- Another recent sale through Zazle: one Triceratops Tie sold to a customer in Japan.

This wasn't so recent, (I received the acceptance back on May 26th), but I'm including it here because I think it's an important acceptance:

- My fantasy artwork featuring the legendary sorceress Morgan Le Fay clad in reasonable garb and posed in a reasonable fashion has been accepted for use on the cover of the January 2015 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly.

A Poet, Too...

Reprint time: it looks like my Tom-Tit-Tot poem "At the Wheel" (spinning wheel, not steering wheel), which originally appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of the print speculative poetry zine Illumen, will be appearing in the July 2014 issue of the web-zine Aphelion. At this moment in time, I might not be an active poet (I've been concentrating on art), but my poetry is still being published and re-published. In this particular instance, I believe this is the first time "At the Wheel" has been re-published since its initial publication in Illumen.

I'll post a link in a subsequent entry when the poem is on-line over at Aphelion.

An Artist/Illustrator/Writer/Poet, Too...

Today, I had more Tweets from jackasses crying "block me, block me!". Just a couple, though. I bet these jackasses didn't take the time to look at any of my art or read any of my creative works. It's all about that Marion Zimmer Bradley opinion-piece blog post of mine and things I subsequently said on Twitter and elsewhere during and after the Twitter encounter I had with poet/author/lawyer/activist Elizabeth R. McClellan.

I admit to being less-than-nice during and after that encounter, but I have said before that I am no longer playing these asinine game some people in the genre writing world seem to like to play. I consider entering into a ridiculous debate, which includes an absurd demand for CITATIONS! over my use of the word "ban" in my line "I would not call for a wholesale ban of her works", to be an example of playing asinine games. Even so, at first I did make something of an effort to provide citations, until it became obvious to me that the so-called "discussion" was going nowhere fast. As I said at the time, I started to think I was in a "damned if I do, damned if I don't" situation. Yes, I did end up telling Ms. McClellan that I would block her "sorry ass" if she continued the "discussion" (which she initiated - she commented on my space on Twitter, NOT the other way 'round). Yes, I then ended up blocking her on Twitter when she did try to continue a discussion I had no desire to continue. I will do the same to others who give me grief over my MZB post or anything else I say in my own spaces on-line. My space, my rules.
Frankly, in my own personal corners of the crazy-net, I would rather concentrate on things others than debating whether or not to ban or boycott a dead author's works for despicable things the author may have done in life. I would rather concentrate on creative things, and I find such debates as this MZB one to be a terrible distraction from more creative things. I'm not just a guy with a less-than-popular opinion about banning/not banning MZB's works. I'm not just a guy who pissed off Elizabeth R. McClellan. I'm also an artist/illustrator/writer/poet. Unfortunately, I think some people are just going to see me as the guy who voiced a less-than popular opinion about banning/not banning MZB's works and the guy who pissed off Elizabeth R. McClellan. So sad!

Oh, as for my "Nazi" reference which seems to have riled up some people, along with artist/illustrator/writer/poet, I also happen to be a WWII history buff. It is true that I think of the Nazi book burnings whenever anyone speaks of burning books. Perhaps I should be less honest next time and not post my thoughts publicly, since those thoughts only seem to get me into more trouble.

(BTW, though I do not give a tweeet-by-tweet account of the entire "discussion" here, my Tweets in reply to those from Ms. McClellan may be viewed in my previous entry: Twitter Fight Over my Marion Zimmer Bradley Opinion Piece Blog Entry.)

A poet, too...http://azurelionproductions.blogspot.com/2014/06/a-poet-too.html
An artist/illustrator too...http://azurelionproductions.blogspot.com/2014/06/an-artistillustrator-too.html
A writer, too...http://azurelionproductions.blogspot.com/2014/06/a-writer-too.html

Sunday, June 29, 2014

How Many People Am I Going to End Up Blocking on Twitter?

And so it begins...

This was an interaction I had on Twitter just a little while ago. I did end up blocking the person, but it take a few seconds to go to the profile and click on "block":

Devil turned round @sinboy 3m
@popelizbet @RHFay Ooh! Block me block me! I'm "PC police"! I don't want MZB's books at my home (totally the same as government censorship!)

Richard H. Fay @RHFay 4m
@sinboy @popelizbet Where did I say "totally same as govt. censorship?" Nowhere, 'cause I didn't!

Devil turned round @sinboy 13s
@RHFay @popelizbet Wait, I was promised a blocking! Where's my blocking!? Where's my Nazi comparison!?

Richard H. Fay @RHFay 3m
@sinboy @popelizbet But, yeah, you can be blocked, too!

Art Twofer: Black and White AND Full-Colour Artwork Accepted!

In spite of what some in the genre world think of me, I keep selling my genre works...

My surreal sci-fi artwork "Sliding Through Another Dimension" has been accepted for publication in the Alban Lake Publishing zine Outposts of Beyond. Actually, this looks like it's going to be an art twofer. I sent the editor both a black and white version and a full-colour version of the artwork. The editor says he is definitely using the black and white version of the artwork as an interior illustration in the next issue, scheduled for publication October 2014. The editor also wants to use the full-colour version as cover-art, either on Outposts of Beyond or another Alban Lake Publishing zine. Anyway, he says the full-colour version is accepted, too.


"Sliding Through Another Dimension" is a weird and wild piece. I can't wait to see it in print.

Numbers Don't Lie: Controversy Gets Attention

So far, my blog entry "Marion Zimmer Bradley's Works and Sexual Molestation Allegations Against Her: Is the Art the Artist?" has received 26 views. My blog entry "Trying to Make a Difference with Art: "Under the Ice on Enceladus" Cover Art for July 2014 SPACEPORTS & SPIDERSILK", posted over an hour earlier than the MZB post, has received only 10 views.

I know what many people in the genre writing world really care about - controversy! The proof is in the numbers. My more controversial post, one that stirred up a Twitter fight, has received over twice the views of the post about my art featuring both a black male scientist/astronaut/aquanaut and a reasonably-clad, respectably-posed white female scientist/astronaut/aquanaut.

I'm getting the message, loud and clear, and it's not a pleasant one.
I guess more people care about what I say than what I do. That's sad. That's very, very sad. It also seems that the "fail mob" and the "PC Police" don't really care about making a difference. They just care about causing trouble!

Also, if you're not going to pay attention to me, why not be consistent about it? Ignore ALL my entries, not just the ones that might actually make me look good!

Scratch Another (STAR*LINE) Off My List!

Since I had a Twitter fight with the editor of the 2014 Rhysling anthology, and since the Rhysling anthology and Star*Line are both publications of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, I think I might be scratching Star*Line off my list of potential markets. Even though Star*Line published one of my poems ("Holiday on Phreetum Prime") back in 2008, even though the journal has, more recently, published several examples of my filler art, I'm not sure my works will be welcome there much longer. Anyway, I suspect some people in the SFPA would be happiest if I never sent anything that way again. I bet at least a few would think it no great loss.

Yes, I seem to be burning bridges again. My list of potential publication markets may be dwindling, but my sales through my on-line stores keep increasing, so it all balances out in the end. The more I concentrate on my stores, the less I have to deal with the fucked-up world of genre writing and publications. Besides, as long as some of my regulars keep sending work my way, I'll keep at least a toehold in that world.

Oh, well, I'll always have my previous publications in Star*Line:

Holiday on Phreetum Prime (poem)..........Star*Line, March/April 2008
Aliens Entwined (interior illustration)..........Star*Line, Volume 36, Issue 1, January 2013.
It Rises From the Ooze (interior illustration)..........Star*Line, Volume 36, Issue 1, January 2013.
Nessiterix Attacks an Elephoid (interior illustration)..........Star*Line, Volume 36, Issue 2, April 2013.

Legion (interior illustration)..........Star*Line, Volume 36, Issue 4, Autumn 2013, October 2013.

In Its Eye (interior illustration)..........Star*Line, Volume 37, Issue 1, Winter 2014, January 2014.
Reflections (interior illustration)..........Star*Line, Volume 37, Issue 2, Spring 2014, April 2014.

Twitter Fight Over my Marion Zimmer Bradley Opinion Piece Blog Entry

I blocked a user over on Twitter who was giving me grief over the wording in my blog entry about Marion Zimmer Bradley. Specifically, this person had issues with my choice of the word "ban" in my line "I would not call for a wholesale ban of her works". I was accused of being unclear and imprecise in my language by using "ban" instead of "boycott", even though I can point to a post on the TeleRead site, "More on Marion Zimmer Bradley and the ethics of artists", wherein which the author used the same language in basically the same context ("I am not arguing for any public ban..."). I've also been accused of lacking nuance because I mentioned that I think of Nazi book burnings and Christians burning Beatles records whenever someone talks about burning books or other creative works.

It seemed to me as if this Twitter discussion quickly turned into a case of "damned if you do, damned if you don't". I half-suspected that the individual-in-question never bothered to read my entire MZB blog entry, which was basically an opinion piece anyway, which should have been pretty obvious from phrases like "I think" and "I would not". I half-expected to get called a "moron" again. As a matter of fact, I did see that the person ended up making a
"Petty-Minded Jerk" comment in one of her own tweets (yeah, I know who she's talking about there, it's pretty obvious):

Actually, it seems that this person went into a bit of a tweeting tirade. I must have really pissed her off. Well, I must say, she pissed me off!

I'm feeling as if I'm not really entitled to my own thoughts and opinions. Once again, I'm getting the impression that I am catching grief not so much because of what I say, but because what I say doesn't necessarily match the opinion of the mob.

A word of warning: I refuse to play the childish games so many people in the genre writing world like to play. I'm sick of playing those asinine games. For anyone else who is thinking of giving me grief over my MZB entry or anything I say in my own space on-line: do it, and I WILL block you!


To be honest, I think some people in the genre writing world don't really care about my opinions. I think they're just looking for someone to argue with. Also, I think there are a number of people in that world who, if they know of me at all, just plain don't like me. And another thing; I don't respond well to bullies. I tend to bully them back!

Anyway,
I downloaded my Twitter archive and I took a look back at my tweets in this latest Twitter fight. I was actually quite restrained for me (I never was and will never be a renowned debater).Just for the record, a screen cap of my Tweets in this Twitter fight over my opinion-piece blog entry about Marion Zimmer Bradley.. It's not the greatest quality, but I think it's readable. Considering that I was the one getting pushed to provide "citations", and then I was the one given grief over my word choice in choosing "ban" in "I would not call for a wholesale ban of her works", was I so god-damned unreasonable?



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Works and Sexual Molestation Allegations Against Her: Is the Art the Artist?

Just read a Washington Post article about "Re-reading feminist author Marion Zimmer Bradley in the wake of sexual assault allegations". I can't say that I've ever read any of Marion Zimmer Bradley's works, though I have heard of them.  Based on the passage of ritual rape mentioned in the Washington Post article, I gotta say, I'm never reading any of Marion Zimmer Bradley's works. I don't think I would recommend them to others, either. That's simply my personal preference. Basically, it's not my cup of tea.

However, this does raise the old question: can the art be separated from the artist? Is the art the artist? If  it becomes known that an artist behaved in a despicable or disgusting manner, can the art still be enjoyed and appreciated? 

Even though I would never read any of Marion Zimmer Bradley's works, and probably wouldn't recommend them to others, my answer to the question "can the art be separated from the artist" is still "yes".  I do think it is possible to separate the art from the artist, even though I know plenty of other people who say it isn't possible. I know some people think the art is the artist.

Though I am not personally interested in reading books penned by Marion Zimmer Bradley, I would not call for a wholesale ban of her works. I would not call for a Marion Zimmer Bradley book burning. Her works are her creations, but they are not her. The art stands separate from the artist.

 
I will admit, after Michael Jackson faced repeated allegations of child molestation,  I was very tempted to ban his works from ever being a part of my personal CD library. However, Thriller is just too good a work not to have in my collection of 80s albums. (I especially had to have "Thriller" itself - I absolutely love Vincent Price's contribution to the song.) I can separate the art from the artist enough to enjoy Thriller, even though the artist faced child sexual abuse allegations.

Trying to Make a Difference with Art: "Under the Ice on Enceladus" Cover Art for July 2014 SPACEPORTS & SPIDERSILK

Those calling for more persons-of-colour and more tastefully-depicted women in genre art should check out my artwork "Under the Ice on Enceladus" currently on the cover of the July 2014 issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk. I know they won't, since few of the complainers seem to pay the slightest bit of attention to lil' ol' me and my works, but perhaps they should. This particular artwork features both a black male scientist/astronaut/aquanaut and a reasonably-clad, respectably-posed white female scientist/astronaut/aquanaut.

You see, instead of trying to make a difference by bitching about the problem or telling others what to do to make things better, I'm actually trying to make a difference by doing something about it. I know it's art and not fiction, but as the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Besides, it's a fun, colourful piece! Also, it's on the cover of a genre zine for younger readers, so I'm trying to have a positive influence on young, impressionable minds.

Anyway, check out "Under the Ice on Eceladus" on the cover of the July 2014 issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk (click on the cover pic on the Smashwords page to view a larger image).

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ann Coulter is a Stupid Bitch, Because Soccer Was a Big Deal in Soccertown, USA!

Right-wing pundit Ann Coulter has opened her stupid mouth again, this time saying some idiotic things about America''s growing interest in soccer:
Coulter: Any growing interest in soccer a sign of nation's moral decay

The part I really take issue with is Ann Coulter's statement that:
 I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer.
You see, I was born and raised in a town in Upstate New York that became known as "Soccertown USA". This epithet dates back to the 1970s. Soccer was a big-deal in "Soccertown USA" going back decades.

My hometown became known as "Soccertown, USA" after a local college soccer team won the national championship in 1977 (yes, that's 1977). That same town used to be the home of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The National Soccer Museum opened it doors there in 1979 (yes, that's 1979). The U.S. Soccer Federation recognized it as the official National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1983 (yes, that's 1983).

From a more personal persepctive, I recall at least one of my classmates (with a Celtic-type surname) was really into soccer, both playing it and following the pros. There may have been others, but I remember this kid in particular because he was really into soccer big-time. Though I was never into it much myself, I do remember when Pele was still playing professionally. He was a big deal, probably the greatest player of all time.

Ann Coulter is a stupid hateful bitch.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Some Illustrations of Strong Female Characters

Over the years, I've done quite a few illustrations for various publications, including at least one publication, The Lorelei Signal, geared toward publishing stories and poems featuring strong/complex female characters. I have illustrated stories and poems featuring what I would call strong female characters for The Lorelei Signal and other publications. I'm proud of the works I've done that depict strong female characters.

Here are five examples (I will be having more published soon):
Illustration for Beth Powers' "Nothing Altered"
Published in Plasma Frequency, Issue 4, February/March 2013
Illustration for Melissa Embry's "After the War"
Published in The Lorelei Signal, Jan - Apr '14 Issue, January 2014


Illustration for Erin Cole's "Her Quest for a Beating Heart"
Published in The Lorelei Signal, July-September 2013 Issue, July 2013
Illustration for Rachael Acks' "And Still Champion".
Published in The Lorelei Signal, Jan - Apr '14 Issue, January 2014

Illustration for Matthew Wilson's "The Old Witch"
Published in The Lorelei Signal, Jan - Apr '14 Issue, January 2014

The Term "Strong Female Character" is Gibberish?

I know I should never follow where curiosity leads when it has to do with crazy-net nutters, but sometimes I just can't help myself. While being involved in a crazy-net flame war over at the comments on RiotousPeople's video Feminism Vs Misandry, I wandered off to discover a bit more about my opponent in the internet pissing match and happened across this video: 
The Idea of Strong Female Characters


Now, the really interesting bit for me was in the comments. One person commenting on this video, who also happens to be my opponent in the pissing match in the comments over at the "Feminism Vs Misandry" video, apparently thinks the term "strong female character" is gibberish.

Oh, really? What a bunch of sexist hogwash! I say it is a perfectly valid term. Heck, I consider the main character in my published horror short story "The Redcap of Glamtallon" to be something of a strong female character. I've also illustrated several strong female characters featured in the works of other authors.


"Strong" seems a perfectly legitimate adjective to me. It may suggest either strength of body or strength of spirit. It may also suggest competence and ableness. "Female" obviously denotes  someone with two X chromosomes. "Character" happens to be the standard term for a person in a literary or dramatic work. Put them all together, and what do you have? "Strong Female Character". I see nothing whatsoever wrong with that term.
 


I dare the commenter to tell some of the genre writers I know (and know of) his opinion regarding the term strong female character. I dare him to tell them he thinks the term is gibberish. They'll eat him for breakfast!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Not a People Person

This may be an odd thing to say on a blog, but I'm going to say it anyway: I am not very social. I am not what you would call a "people person". I can feel inadequate in social situations. I can be rather awkward when dealing with others. Heck, I can be downright unbearable at times! Sometimes, I wonder if this has hurt me, hindered me, gotten in the way of some of my dreams and endeavours. It probably has. However, I am beginning to accept the asocial side of my nature. It's a part of who I am.

When it comes to making meaningful connections, I'm sure my asocial nature hurts me. I have a habit of severing connections when annoyed. I burn just as many bridges as I build. Sometimes, I destroy spans even if letting them stand intact would be more beneficial to my aspirations and ambitions. I'm funny that way.

There are times I wish I was more social, more of a "people person". There are times I wish  I got along better with others. There are times I wish I was better at making meaningful connections and keeping those connections intact. However, I know I've been like this for a very long time. I know my preschool and grade school teachers made comments about how I didn't always get along well with the other children. That was thirty-five to forty years ago now. Some things never change.

Oh well, I do the best I can.I struggle along, faltering at times, but doing what I can to make a few connections and build a few bridges. I'm always hoping to stumble across a niche where my asocial nature isn't such a handicap. Am I there yet? I don't know. Perhaps. Perhaps not. If not, at least I'm closer to being there than I've ever been before.

Hating on Fangirls is Absurd

RiotousPeople has posted another Vlog. This time, it's another video calling for nerds and geeks to stop hating on fangirls:

(Part 1 may be viewed here.) 

I don't even get all this talk about "fake fangirls" and all this hatred directed toward fangirls in general. The whole "fake fangirl" thing is absurd. No one gets to sit judgement on other fans of a particular genre, franchise, or character, and decide whether or not they are fake or real. Simply being female does not make someone a "fake fan". Geeks and nerds gotta stop being pathetic losers by hating on fangirls. Such hate just makes the haters look ridiculous.

Women can certainly be fans of science fiction. After all, women can also be creators of science fiction. Frankenstein is, arguably, the first work of science fiction. Frankenstein was written by a woman, Mary Shelley. The longest running science fiction show on television, Doctor Who, was originally produced by a woman, Verity Lambert. So far, four SFWA Damon Knight Memorial Grand Masters have been women: Andre Norton* (1984), Ursula K. Le Guin (2003), Anne McCaffrey (2005), and Connie Willis (2012). And then there was Madeline D'Engle, who wrote young adult literature, including science fiction/fantasy, including  the Newbury Medal-winning novel A Wrinkle in Time.

Women continue to create science fiction. The fan girls I know are typically so real that they aren't just fans of genre, they write genre! I know (or know of) several women writers of speculative fiction and poetry, as well as several female genre artists.

Not that fangirls have anything to prove to anybody. Anyone, male, female, or whatever, can be a fan of things science fiction. Though I don't always agree with everything John Scalzi says, and I think some of his sillier attention-getting moments make him look like a fool, I certainly agree with most of what he says here:
Who Gets To Be a Geek? Anyone Who Wants to Be.

If what John Scalzi says isn't enough, there is also Tracey Sinclair's take on this whole "fake fangirl" business from the perspective of a fangirl:
FANGIRL UNLEASHED: There’s No Such Thing As A Fake Geek

There is also a wonderful video by the Doubleclicks does a fantastic job of showing how fangirls have Nothing to Prove. It's definitely worth watching.

* For anyone who wonders about a woman writer named Andre, Andre Norton was one of the pen name's used by
Alice Mary Norton.

Uber-Masculine Anti-Feminist Man-Boys: Might They Be Abusing 'Roids?

I gather some anti-feminist man-boys get a bit out of hand in their pathetic attempts to grab attention and have their ranting anti-feminist gripes heard. I must thank them for proving my point about what they truly are, nasty little boys masquerading as grown men. Now, if they would just grow up and be real men...

Of course, there may be more to it than that. I think some of these uber-masculine man-boy anti-feminists might be abusing steroids. It could explain a lot, like their anger, irritability, and aggression. If this is true, they better stop! Not only is it making them angry, irritable, and aggressive, it might even be making them stupid!

Some links to articles and pages about the affect steroid abuse has on the brain:
http://www.dana.org/Publications/Brainwork/Details.aspx?id=43607
http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/anabolic-steroid-abuse/what-effects-do-anabolic-steroids-have-behavior
http://www.counselingwashington.com/ardisplay.aspx?ID=60&SecID=131
http://www.livestrong.com/article/101466-mental-side-effects-steroids/

According to a brief blurb on the Counseling Washington site (3rd link down), steroid abuse may affect memory and learning, which could explain why some of these uber-masculine ant-feminist man-boys act like imbeciles at times:
Parts of the brain that influence your moods and are involved in learning and memory are called the limbic system. Anabolic steroids act in the limbic system. In animals, they have been shown to impair learning and memory.
I found one line in the last linked-to page to be very interesting, since I've witnessed some uber-masculine anti-feminist man-boys exhibiting such behaviour:
The steroid user doesn't feel connected with the real world and is instead living and thinking in his own world.

Your Brain on Steroids: With Male Sex Hormones, Dose Size Matters
With Male Sex Hormones, Dose Size Matters

- See more at: http://www.dana.org/Publications/Brainwork/Details.aspx?id=43607#sthash.jyQ1LMPs.dpuf

Your Brain on Steroids: With Male Sex Hormones, Dose Size Matters
With Male Sex Hormones, Dose Size Matters

- See more at: http://www.dana.org/Publications/Brainwork/Details.aspx?id=43607#sthash.jyQ1LMPs.dpuf

Your Brain on Steroids: With Male Sex Hormones, Dose Size Matters
With Male Sex Hormones, Dose Size Matters

- See more at: http://www.dana.org/Publications/Brainwork/Details.aspx?id=43607#sthash.jyQ1LMPs.dpuf