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: Can't take the heat
by iarann on Thu 5th Dec 2013 06:18 UTC in reply to "Can't take the heat"
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Don't make this a "gender" problem, because it's not. It's a people problem

Are the idots making these comments bad people in general? Yes, of course, but the problem here isn't that they make rude comments and hurt some girls feelings, it's that they turn their hate up to 11 when it's a female gamer. Even outside of forums and in online games, I'm shocked at some of the condecension I've seen directed at women who express an interest in tech or gaming, where it's assumed they are only doing it for the attention and they can't possibly be interested in this stuff for any other reason. Sexism is real, there really are guys out there that are terrible to women just based on their gender.

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