A truly thought-provoking post from girlagainstfeminism.
TPMCDERMOTT talks about some of her personal struggles and offers her opinions on the matter of sexism in video games.
“Anonymity encourages hateful expression (often without cause) and some people are just bad eggs to begin with.”
Sexism exists in the video game industry, that much is clear. My question is, are the developers of games doing what they can to help fight it?
I’d argue ‘yes’, but there’s still more to do. Over the past few months, we’ve seen some critically acclaimed titles released that all feature female protagonists. There’s 2B and A2 from Nier: Automata, you’ve also got Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn and there’s Emily Kaldwin from Dishonored 2.
It’s not just recently either, one of the most influential games ever created featured a woman at the forefront in Lara Croft. Sure, she was probably overexualised at the time, what with her pointy boobs and short shorts, but in the Tomb Raider series she was strong willed, charismatic and could kick ass pretty easily.
The whole stigma surrounding this issue of sexism certainly has a long way to go, but I’d say that the developers are doing their part… or are at least trying to. It’s just the moronic few that continue to wear that stick up their arse.
I honestly cannot believe that there are some people out there who downright refuse to play a game because it casts you as the opposite sex. Seriously, if that’s their actual mindset, then they’ve missed out on some absolute crackers over the years.
One day we’ll get there not just in video game format, but as a society. We’ll finally have equality and there will be no more of a need for posts like this. Hopefully it arrives in time for my great grandchildren to experience it, because lets face it; I can’t see much changing over the course of my lifetime.
Regardless, make sure you check out TPMCDERMOTT’s post. She raises some decent conclusions and delivers a great point of view from a female perspective.