I’ve noticed a few problem areas where us chronically underrepresented straight, white males could stand to improve — or, at the very least, just recognize.
Massive props to Cracked for a well thought out and eloquent discussion of sexism in video games.
TW for the usual dudebro fuckery.
I really want to post this article on my FB, because I feel it really wraps up everything I’ve been feeling about all this internet BS the past few months. I try to ignore it, because it stresses me out so much… but it’s kind of everywhere all the time.
The problem isn’t with games necessarily…. a lot of games aren’t inherently sexist. In a lot of games these days, yes, there is still scantily clad women… but hey, there’s some pretty scantily clad men as well. I don’t ever feel disgusted by a character’s outfit… not even Soul Calibur shit… I mean sometimes I’m like “woah, that thong like really goes up Ivy’s butt in an aggressive way. Looks painful”… but really, I feel like if you watch Kill la Kill it kind of sums up the whole ‘scantily clad women’ argument. So that’s that.
Now, gaming culture on the other hand has some real problems. All my gaming friends are great. No sexism, racism, homophobia…. it’s all good. What “SJWs” are complaining about online is the “white, hetero-normative male” dominated culture. Yeah, not all white straight guys are like that. I’m married to a white straight guy, and I’ve never heard him talk about raping people in video games. I don’t event think these guys are a majority in the culture anymore. They’re just really, really loud when they are under the veil on anonymity online. I’ve never received some of this hardcore insults in my life… but I hear rape jokes every once in a while… and was called a cunt (and a few other things…) by some newbs once and got a little emotional and turned the game off and didn’t play it again for a few weeks. I really liked the game, so I just tried to ignore it. I don’t usually play games that have these really loud a-holes in them… I mean, I mostly play JRPGs and MMORPGs for the most part… some visual novels in there as well… I’m not really into FPS-es, so I don’t have to deal with that whole culture. Y’all know me, I’m more of an anime nerd than a gaming nerd.
I don’t know what the solution here is… maybe articles like this (though it was a little harsh, even if they are complete asshats… it’s just going to egg them on really by throwing insults back), and time… the majority of culture and parents telling people this kind of speech is wrong. I don’t know. All I know is I’m scared to go into tech, because of all the horror stories online, but you know, I don’t really care. I want to learn to program and I want to do that with my life… and most people are decent. I guess we’ll just see.
I’ve literally only encountered one person like this IRL… and he’s young… and actually, deep down I don’t think he’s a misogynist or anything… he’s just really, really stupid…. and pretty immature… but hey, he’s only 21 so he has plenty of time to grow (and hopefully my sister will help shape him, since it’s her BF I’m talking about) : \
Let’s just wait patiently and see. And call people out when we see that shit. Report people. Block people. Get them out of our culture (or help rehabilitate them), so they stop giving it such a bad image.