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Op Ed

Kotaku - Nerds and Male Privilege.
The idea that perhaps the way women are portrayed in fandom is aleetle sexist is regularly met with denials, justifications and outright dismissal of the issue. So regularly, in fact, that there's a Bingo card covering the most common responses. Part of the notion of male privilege in fandom is that nothing is wrong with fandom and that suggestions that it might benefit from some diversity is treated as a threat.

But what is that threat, exactly?

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11. Re: Op Ed Dec 18, 2011, 14:38 Bhruic
 
Oh Goodness me no. No no no. No, that's always happened and always will, with any group of teenage guys and most groups of men of any age. I'm sure groups of women aren't much different either. This is in no way exclusive to gamers. That doesn't make it right.

I'm a bit conflicted about this to be honest. As much as I dislike this, it is inevitable, it certainly isn't just gamers and comic book readers.

That's the main reason I find these articles annoying. They continually act as if somehow geek culture, and gaming specifically, are abberations on human behaviour. And suggesting that the cause is rooted in geek/gaming depiction of females is pretty silly. Do they honestly think that women would be treated any differently in online CoD if they had female soldiers to play instead of just men?
 
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