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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Bhruic wrote on Dec 18, 2011, 14:07:
In general, I agree, but I'm not sure that it's that much worse than many other facets of the internet. Although I don't think the comic book example was useful, since dragging someone somewhere they don't want to be, and then getting them involved in an argument over the contents of that location is a pretty stupid idea.

The comic book example is a bit off topic, but I think the point applies to games as well (edit: and as Ruffiana points out, they are intertwined somewhat). That comic book article I linked to sums up my problem with Lara Croft type heroines very well - these aren't modern, strong, independent, sexually liberated women, these are men's fantasies of modern, strong, independent, sexually liberated women.

Bhruic wrote on Dec 18, 2011, 14:07:
Beyond that, however, it's disappointing how many women have to put up with idiot gamers. But can you think of an example of where you could have large numbers of teenage guys who can act anonymously, with a smaller percentage of females, and not have the guys act like complete asshats?

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. It's not just young men, it's not just men. Also, I feel like I'm falling into the White Knight trap.
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