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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do you know what the definition of rape is? forcing you sexual attention on others. Did you just tell me to f--k myself for not liking it? Because I am starting think your mouth looks sexy now and that if rape aint wrong how about I put my dick in your mouth, you want to talk about degree how about I just rub it on your face and call it a compliment? Me rubbing my dick in your face is pretty sexual right, god forbid you have a say in being the target of this, I mean f--k me right. I mean I Could understand if your gay that the stray sex appeal would be something you wouldn't notice or be bothered by, but some people do have care. Or maybe your a swinger and being a failed marriage statistic is how your roll, well good for you but that is not how I want to live. Theres a saying the ends dont justify the means and people get thrown out of court for doing things the wrong way regardless if they were the right thing or not. I don't agree with everybody who does something that may or may not be directly related to someone being female.

Edited 2013-12-08 07:16 UTC

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