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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nobody sexually harasses ugly chicks
by jangoboy on Fri 6th Dec 2013 23:18 UTC
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I personaly have no desire to say crude and sexual thing to ugly chicks, partly from fear they would take me up on it. Now if she was hot I may in my own head thinks things about her natural aptitude for curtain activities.
If I were to ever admit this things that makes me a terrible person. Because dressing up slutty, putting on makeup in an attempt to illicit these feels in all the random guys she meets aint f--ked up. Calling her a f--king slut who would make a great cock sucker is. I personally don't want to be the collateral hormones for some chicks quest to breed along with the 5000 other guys shes "accidentaly" sex appeals along the way. I wonder how the porn companies get so many customers. Its probably cuz hot chicks wear baggy clothing and don't show their asses off to everybody right? Excuse me for being offended by females acting like sluts. I am not gay or female so I rage about the slutty guys the same way I can about females who I am never gonna breed with, never gonna date, never gonna seriously consider as prospects for reproducing with but who are literally out there trying to sex appeal me and all the other stray guys she meets, sarcasm. When this chick gets up in the morning and picks her clothes out, does her hair, etc, wtf do you think shes going for. If I see a female out dresses like a hooker cuz shes trying to emulate the celebrities and her tits making me to want a tit f--k, then I yell out the window give me a tit f--k, whose f--ked up here? the person trying to elicit that desire in me or the the victim of this situation. Not even going into why the f--k would I want to f--k some chick as if thats gonna make a baby and if I am not the f--ked up one that chick has got some f--king modified tits to make me want to do that.

Edited 2013-12-06 23:24 UTC

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