It’s a man’s world
Somehow related with the last post, I remembered a report I’ve read on BBC’s website more than a year ago, talking about sexual harassment in videogames. On it, the journalist talks to several female players who tell stories about being offended online because of their gender.
Apparently, and even if the female quota between players is increasing, female players are still being harassed (mostly) because they are… well… females.
“Get back in the kitchen and take your goddamn hands off a video game controller.”.
“I hope your boyfriend beats you. Nah, you can’t get a boyfriend.”.
These are indeed sexist comments. But when it comes to prejudice, they are not worse than “you fucking faggot” and “all negroes should die” types. The fact is that while playing online, people are offended because of their nationality, their race, religion, height, sexual preferences, physical disabilities, wearing glasses, attractiveness (or lack of it), football clubs, etc etc etc. And gender, of course!
But this does not happen only in games. How many times have you been on Youtube’s comments’ section for a few minutes and decided you should exterminate the entire human race? Maybe with a few more million years of evolution, the future “rational animal” would be better than the current.
There are different theories explaining why people tend to get offensive online. The best one is explained in the following picture, published on Penny Arcade:
It’s human nature. It really pisses me off when “Games” are separated from the rest. Unfortunately there are “Fuckwads” everywhere. Not only on the gamming community.
And what about girls and games? I do believe there is indeed sexism in videogames, mostly in the way women are represented as characters, the way there is the need to think of “games for girls” and not only in “games” or – ultimately – in the way there is the need to write reports about women being offended online. When it comes to be offended, we all are. And not only in videogames. In fact, this is the ultimate equality rule:
It does not matter who you are, someone will tell you to suck a cock, will call your mom a whore, and make fun of something you already don’t like about yourself.
So should we try to fight this phenomenon? Of course! Specially because there are people who deal very badly with this abuses (because of a myriad of reasons) and to whom they can clearly have bad results. But let’s be honest, there will always be some trolls. And that’s actually great. It means we live in such a democratic society that even the dumbest get to speak and be heard. And the best thing when we come across this type of people (considering we cannot hit them with a club) is to make fun of it. Check the website “Fat, Ugly or Slutty”. They did just that.
Oh, and read the original article originating this post here. And then tell me what you think!