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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by MarkTime11 on Wed 4th Dec 2013 03:42 UTC
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there are real problems with sexism in this world, men don't get custody so often, as they should as full and equal parents.

In my country they don't get family leave for the same amount of time, at many corporations, as they should, as full and equal humans.

They don't get the same sentencing in court, but harsher ones.

But today the subject is video games and why not. No need to discuss higher education where boys are under represented... The gender gap favoring women for many years now....gender equality in education anyone?

The game is obvious enough, find any vestige of anything where boys seem to dominate and then lay on the criticism.

boys are immature, as are girls. Maturity comes with age.

I am not going to defend immaturity, I hope you solve this age old problem. I teach my children, both girl and boy, they are equal. I don't look to exalt one and condemn the other.

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