Misogyny and Video Games: Now What?

Is there any point to writing articles on misogyny in video games?

I’m not sure. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with some of the articles. I think there is misogyny present in the industry. Video games do tend to portray women as sexual objects, but that is present in pretty much all forms of media so why single out video games?  Go against the entertainment medium as a whole if you’re bothered so much. This is an “everyone is doing it so it’s okay” defense. This is something that is present in the entertainment industry for a reason. Address that reason rather than the portrayal of women. Is it because sexy women will boost sales? If so, you have a problem with marketing.

 

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And sure, female gamers tend to be harassed for the crime of being women who dare to play games. Every female gamer I know had it happen to them at least five or six times. It’s not a matter of cyber-bullying or normal harassment. But what’s the point of writing articles on it? I guess it could be therapeutic? But if that’s the case, the articles should be confined to an audience that would be sympathetic rather than to a wider audience that probably wouldn’t take it the right way.

Most of the articles are there to inform everyone that this is happening. And we’re all informed. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. And over and over and over… you get the idea.

Now what? Going to repeat the same information again and again?

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I think we all can agree that people shouldn’t be insulted because of who they are. That’s something we are taught early on. The Golden Rule. So I’m going to pretend that this is something common sense. Either people will be following this rule or not. Given how prevalent misogyny seems to be, it isn’t being followed.

But….

I’m betting most people online don’t go out of their way to insult others. I haven’t seen any statistics to back it up, but I think this is one of those common sense things. I truly believe most people are good people. Speaking from personal experience, I know I haven’t insulted a female gamer because she’s female. I’ve never made misogynistic comments. Go and take the poll at the bottom of the page. Let’s see if you have or not.

At this point, articles that details misogyny tend to spark conflict rather than inspire meaningful discussion. So how about doing something a little different? If misogyny is as huge of a problem as it seems to be, why not present potential solutions as well as informing people? Be pragmatic with your articles! Who knows, maybe it’ll start making a change in the world of gaming. It would at least be a step in the right direction.

Problem solving at its finest

Problem solving at its finest

For example, why not ask Microsoft to put in a filter that people can use to block offensive messages? Or maybe be able to mute people in the middle of a match so you won’t have to listen to them? You can’t control what other people do or say, but there may be ways to prevent that message from reaching your ears.

I’m positive that there are great ideas out there to help solve these sorts of problems. There has to be. It’s not enough to inform people anymore. There needs to be real solutions to the problem, solutions that can be debated and implemented.

Dare to dream, right?

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One comment on “Misogyny and Video Games: Now What?

  1. Well said overall. The Outrage Industry is always on alert to manufacture hurt feelings and disgust with something or someone. I, too, am sick of whining without solutions; suggest something to fix the problem or shut up.

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