Quick Rant - The solution to sexism In video games! (by maddoxaom)
My friend posted this on facebook. I am 100% done. Rage capacity is at maximum. This is the response I left him:
He’s using some pretty bad analogies. Women’s magazines are specifically for (feminine) women. Video games are universal… like a science magazine. What if the science magazine only published studies on testicle cancer but wouldn’t publish anything on ovarian cancer… and every once in a while they published a breast cancer study but it was mostly just an excuse to do full-page spreads of boobs? What if when women complained, the science magazine writers just said “lawl, get some women writers” as if they couldn’t possibly write a scientific article on ovarian cancer because they don’t have ovaries? To me, that’s what is comparable to the issue. It’s like we have a bunch of men whining that because they’re not female they couldn’t possible make a video game that doesn’t objectify women. If men are incapable of objectifying women then why the fuck would I ever want to date or befriend anyone of the male sex ever again?
Furthermore, let’s talk about company support of female-positive video games. Read: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-03-19-why-publishers-refuse-games-such-as-remember-me-because-of-their-female-protagonists
(I also recommend this article: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-03-20-mass-effect-3-writer-talks-of-industry-resistance-to-creating-diverse-female-characters)
One of the other things brought up on Maddox’s page is that women design boring games. And while I understand that this is mostly just trolling since he’s saying this in one breath while in the other he lists a bunch of awesome female game designers, it still does its job of getting under my skin because other people do say these things in all seriousness.
Look, I don’t want to play cooking sims and dating sims. I want to beat up bad guys, cause mass destruction, and rescue a prince or princess (depending on my mood). And I want to do it all while looking hot and female, but not looking like a piece of meat. We want the same video games that guys do, just without the stench of a junior high locker-room.
Should more women get into the video game industry? Yes. Does it take a woman to be able to write a female lead that isn’t sexually objectified? No. Stop whining. Video games are not your porn (at least not all of them).