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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Dec 18, 2011, 13:54
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Dec 18, 2011, 13:54
 
It's a bit insulting to not consider the history of gaming. Most early games weren't sexist, they were games. The reason that we have a mostly male dominated gaming market (not speaking of the so-called "casual" market), is because the people who first started playing those games tended to be male. And that spiraled, as developers focused more on their market, they designed their products to be more appealing to males. And the people who enjoyed the products, and then got into the industry to make them tended to be males. And the cycle continued.

My annoyance with the whole thing is - why is this a problem? When you design a facial mask product, you do so with the knowledge that the majority of people that use it will be women. Sure, maybe some men do, but you recognize that's not your primary market. So you design and advertise your product accordingly. Game companies do the same thing, they aim their products at their target market.
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Dec 18, 2011, 13:35
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Dec 18, 2011, 13:35
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I like the tone of that article - "If you disagree with this, then you're part of the problem". That's a very handy debating position, if people agree you win and if people disagree, you win.

Females in ridiculous outfits really turn me off a game. I know the male characters aren't any more realistic, but at least in a battle field they would typically be wearing body armour. Seeing women in battle wearing little more than metal bikinis is distracting in all the wrong ways. Maybe it's a sign that I'm getting old, but I just think that they look cold and that their armour must chaff something awful.

Alyx Vance is so much more attractive than some Dead or Alive bimbo. Vance was least attractive in HL2 Ep2 when she started exhibiting the neediness that female characters written by males tend to. Lara Croft is perhaps the worst as they tried to make a strong, independent female role model and ended up with a big bazooka'ed, skimpily dressed cliché.

I make no apology for dismissing the DoA girls as bimbos, frankly, that's what they appear to be trying to be. Neither do I apologise for considering the attractiveness of them, Croft or of Vance. Sexuality isn't sexism.
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Dec 18, 2011, 13:06
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Dec 18, 2011, 13:06
 
It's very rare that I say this...but...I've seen shit stains in public with more substance than that article. "WASPing" indeed.
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