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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It's sad that there are some people that are suggesting women have a superior position in society. It only takes a quick glance at popular culture to see promiscuous women described as "sluts" or "whores", whereas guys doing the same are just "lads" or "players". And women hold a tiny percentage of the top jobs in society. And that women have a higher achievement level in schools but a greater percentage drop out before university. And that women are depicted as sexual objects in comics, computer games and TV series, the majority of which wear much more revealing clothing. And that women are sexualised in magazines, with shelves dedicated to barely clothed women - with many "newspapers" featuring topless women but none featuring topless men.

Nobody is denying that there are some advantages to being a woman, particularly an attractive one. But those advantages are offered by men in superior positions, who use it to get what they want. And to suggest that they have a superior position in society if ridiculous. And women that use sexuality to get what they want are playing into the very system that keeps them from achieving based upon their intellectual merit.

If people can't see the gender inequality in society then that is incredibly worrying... actually, downright scary.
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