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[4]: Dear fellow males
by lucas_maximus on Thu 5th Dec 2013 18:12 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Dear fellow males"
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The thing is that the same behaviour exists in any male dominated environment.

* Coach Park Cafe (Spain). Pretty much every person there is guy that fixes coaches for a living ... think big fat greasy men in boiler suits ... one of the HR girls at work offered to drive down and pick us breakfast up (Bacon and egg rolls). She was cat called for a good 10 minutes while she was waiting for the order to finish.

She didn't offer to do a breakfast run again.

* Country pub (UK, Dorset). Barmaid got hit on about 30 times a night. To the point where my Father and I was embarrassed to drink there.

* Pool Club London ... pretty much the same as the above.

* I worked at the retail chain at Tesco's for a good few years while at University. Most of the I worked with were about 16-25 ... new Girl starts there in the same age range ... every guy pesters her until they get the message.

Most of it is pretty harmless, just guys making fools of themselves, but I think it illustrates the point really.

Edited 2013-12-05 18:18 UTC

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