I only just started gaming so I am no pro, but as I continued to get more interested in gaming, I also started to learn some new things.
I learned that sexism is very common in the gaming community. I mean, I always knew because I have heard stories of women being discriminated against just because of their gender, but I didn’t know it was this bad. These men will also resort to kitchen jokes and derogatory terms.
Some men just can’t accept the fact that a woman can be better than them. They assume that if she’s better, she’s either ugly and fat, or cheating. (Men can be ugly and fat or cheating too? Do they automatically assume that men can’t be ugly if they are gamers?) Also, when they insult women, they tend to go straight to their looks. It’s disgusting, but quite funny, because I know for a fact that as long as they have that attitude, they will stay single.
Why do these men want to make gaming so exclusive? Why can’t they let women be as good as them?
I believe that these sexist men are actually very insecure, and anything or anyone who threatens their manhood is automatically a “bitch,” or a “whore.” These are some of the terms that they call women in the gaming community.
This is pretty ironic considering they are the ones that call women “emotional” or “sensitive,” and then they get all butthurt when a woman is better than them…
Men can be equally sensitive (and I’m all for that) but when they deny it… Come on now. This is 2016. Men can cry and get upset too. They are *spoiler alert* human.
Also, just yesterday I was shopping with my mother to get some new clothes. I walked by a Microsoft kiosk and noticed that they were selling Xbox One games. I excitedly walked over and proceeded to take a look. The man working there kind of looked at me strangely, and so did the other men around me. They were shocked to see me interested in the games they had to offer. (Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Assassin’s Creed, Fallout 4) and in that moment I realized that I was the odd one out. I was the freak; the weird girl who is into gaming.
Another thing that bothers me is the amount of games that are targeted to men. Not just any games though. Games that exploit women. They use this tactic to lure men… and people actually buy it. For example, the ever so popular GTA 5 is incredibly sexist. In this game, women are mere objects for the men to enjoy. There are entire articles written on the sexism in that game, so if you are interested you could check it out.
Tomb Raider is one of the ONLY games out there (that I know of) with a strong female lead. And actually, when it first came out, Lara Croft had an unrealistic barbie-proportioned body. Only in 2013 and 2015 did the makers of the game finally tone it down.
Luckily, I haven’t experienced sexism in gaming yet, especially since I am new to gaming and not a lot of people know that I even play, so if anything happens, I will most likely write about it.
Thank you for reading, and if you have anything to add, make sure to leave them down below!