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Hey Gamers, Half of You Don't Matter

Posted by S.M. Carrière on December 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Good morning, Readers!


I do, on occasion, read the online blog Jezebel.  There is a lot about that site that is problematic, but they also shed light on some things that need light shed on them, or that could use an alternate perspective, and they are often very funny and quite a bit snarky, too (I appreciate the snark).  As it was, someone had pointed out that one of Xbox's new ads seemed ridiculously sexist.  You can read that HERE.


Now, bear in mind that I happen to think that making the assumption that the spouse who prefers to knit rather than game is a woman (guys knit too!) is in itself a sexist assumption (way to go doing the thing you're arguing against).  That said, since that is the conclusion most people jump to immediately (and any marketer worth their weight in salt should know this), we can be fairly certain that the ad was, in fact, a wee bit sexist.


Often, it's the comments that really make these articles.  The majority of the comments are hilarious, often very sarcastic and also true.  Sometimes, the trolls take over.  Sometimes it disolves into ridiculous and pointless arguments.  Having been trapped in a few of these online arguments myself, I know how easily it happens.  As it turns out, I did get involved in a brief argument with someone on this thread.  And then I found another thread.  I've screencapped it and put it below for you all to read.


Gamers who are women and gamers who love gaming women, you may find this triggering.  There is a whole lot of sexism in the gaming world.  For some reason, guy gamers find it fun to make threats to a girl's person if she dare reveal her gender during a co-op, and then lament that there are no girl gamers.


SCREW YOU!


Ahem.  Sorry.  There are girl gamers.  In fact, there are many girl gamers.  Only slightly less than half of all gamers, in fact.  Don't believe me?  HERE.


Anywho, according to one male gamer, we simply don't exist, and those of us who do are not important.  Any time you think a girl is exaggerating about feeling unwelcome in gaming circles, or you think that sexism is dead, I refer you to the below:










Yup.  I simply do not matter.  Neither do you, apparently (assuming you're a gamer who also happens to be a woman).  Anyone who has tried to play co-ops outside of their group of friends will attest to this attitude amongst Gamer Guys.  Can I just take a moment?


Fuck this shit!


I am sick to death of being reduced to nothing because of my gender.  I didn't choose to be born female.  It just happened that way.  And just because I am female doesn't mean I'm not strong, or capable, or that I am somehow sub-human or naturally inclined towards knitting (not that many women (and men) don't enjoy knitting).


For Pete's sake!


Men, I hate to break it to you, but you are not special flowers.  The things you like are not exclusive to your gender.  Stop acting like they are.  We are all human beings, and we are all over the spectrum of human behaviour.  Gender means fuck all.


I'm fed up to my ears of this shit.  Seriously.


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4 Comments

Reply Éric Desmarais
10:54 AM on December 11, 2013 
As the child of an MMORPG gamer and consol gamer, (My mom could have kicked peoples ass in WoW) this kind of sexism always surprises me.
Reply S.M. Carrière
11:24 AM on December 11, 2013 
Éric Desmarais says...
As the child of an MMORPG gamer and consol gamer, (My mom could have kicked peoples ass in WoW) this kind of sexism always surprises me.

Not me, alas.
Reply April
1:19 PM on December 11, 2013 
My 11 year old niece frequently kicks older males asses' at Halo and Call of Duty etc. My brother gets great amusement out of the reaction that creates in the people she's playing against when they find out.
Reply S.M. Carrière
2:13 PM on December 11, 2013 
April says...
My 11 year old niece frequently kicks older males asses' at Halo and Call of Duty etc. My brother gets great amusement out of the reaction that creates in the people she's playing against when they find out.

Hah! Hopefully she'll grow up with a bunch of Gamer Guys who can deal better than the overgrown toddlers I used to play against.