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: Appalling.
by p13. on Thu 5th Dec 2013 08:11 UTC in reply to "Appalling."
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This case is a first world problem. Period.
You join some kind of FPS game filled with 99% guys, and then you complain about the fact that some of them are assholes. In other news, water is wet.

Maybe i should walk in to some hair salon and endure the endless tales and ranting about "MEN!". Women can be assholes, too. Thinking otherwise would be sexist.

As for your IT comments. I find it to be quite the opposite. The vast majority are still men, but the women i work with are just as qualified. None of them complain about being bothered by men.

Let's focus on the things that do need addressing, such as rape, genital mutilation, harems, violence towards women, etc.

You're just being offended because you feel that all of the sexist situations in the world somehow directly apply to you. Allow me to explain.

Guy sees woman beating a man on youtube. Everybody laughs. Not a single guy is offended.
People witness the guy hitting back. OUTRAGE

Please observe:

Edited 2013-12-05 08:25 UTC

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