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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Yes, this is very much a first world problem. You won't hear some Afghan woman cry about being bothered on WoW.

Let's start with the fact that only men can be considered sexist, much in the same way that only white people are considered racist.
There is a lot of sexism in our culture, but it is not unilateral.
Let's start with taking care of:
- Child custody
- Alimony
- Unfair sentencing
- I can hit you, but you can't hit me
- Extreme feminism, which is an open display of sexism
- Gold digging marriages, why is this still a thing?
- The notion that equal rights implies "women first"
- ...

I could go on, but i think you get the point. If men decided to cry about this en masse, they could just as easily fill the river.

Before you go on and light the stake ...

I was raised by a single mother, along with three brothers and sisters. I know how hard life can be for a woman. I know the many TRUE unjustices that can be inflicted on a human being.

THIS is not one of them, it's fucking background noise.

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