Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 19:04 UTC

Absolutely fantastic article by Tracey Lien.

If the selection at the average retailer is anything to go by, girls don't play video games. If cultural stereotypes are anything to go by, video games are for males. They're the makers, the buyers and the players.

There is often truth to stereotypes. But whatever truth there may be, the stereotype does not show the long and complicated path taken to formulate it, spread it and have it come back to shape societal views.

The attitude towards women in video games is even worse when you take online multiplayer into consideration. One of my team mates in League of Legends is a woman, and I've seen some absolutely terrible things being thrown her way in chat - during and even after the game is over. I've also pretended to be female in League of Legends just to see what would happen, and it was just as bad. However, I could just shrug it off - hearing the things guys say while you're pretending to be a woman as an experiment is a hell of a lot different than hearing these things when you're actually a woman.

I even caught myself thinking 'my female team mate should just pretend to be a guy' - but you know what? That's expletive ridiculous. As Lien details in her article, changing the way video games are being marketed would be a very good first step that could most certainly snowball into the future.

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RE: Dear fellow males
by Novan_Leon on Wed 4th Dec 2013 02:34 UTC in reply to "Dear fellow males"
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The lack of self awareness of many posters is tragically proving the point.

Perhaps us guys should let women speak and hear their point of view, before rushing to say what they should or should not feel/experience/behave/do?

Who says we haven't? This has been a common topic on the internet (and elsewhere) for ages. Personally, I find it more constructive for people to concentrate on things THEY can do to remedy the situation for THEMSELVES than go online and demand bad people stop being bad. Bad people will always exist, and anonymity will bring out the worst behavior in many. Nothing short of total censorship will change this, and even then you're only hiding the symptoms, not curing the illness.

Why should a woman who is called the C-word receive more attention and sympathy from a man who is called the same or worse? Evolutionary psychology would suggest that women are more sensitive to aggression (i.e. have thinner skin) than men. At the same time, men are far more protective of women who experience said aggression than of other men. There's a strong case to be made, based on the evidence, that PERCEIVED aggression against women may be significantly higher than ACTUAL aggression. Take that for what you will.

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