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[2]: Dear fellow males
by kwan_e on Wed 4th Dec 2013 02:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Dear fellow males"
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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.

If the word "cunt" is REALLY the highest level of abuse you can imagine for female gamers online, then you really have no clue.

Threats of rape, and rapey-vibed comments happen quite frequently. Males rarely gets rape threats and those that do tends to get threats to female members of their family.

You can capitalized PERCEIVED all you want, but you are making the same stupid mistake by not actually facing up to the ACTUAL abuse that can happen.

The word "cunt" is just the beginning.

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