i need ferguson to go down in history books. i need school children in the year 2074 to learn about michael brown being shot on august 9th, 2014 by officer darren wilson. i need this to spark a movement. this can not lose the focus of society a mere month after it happened.
I am extremely, EXTREMELY tired of “real men have beards”/“real women have curves” posts and any variant of them.
You know what “real” people ought to have? Respect for other people regardless of gender identity/presentation, body type, and grooming choices.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised about this coming from the slur-spewing pile of hate that is Yahtzee, but it’s still disappointing to see a prominent voice in the gaming community ignore so completely the problems women in the community face.
First up we have this beautiful bit of ignorance:
Perhaps this confirms the existence of a lack of diversity, but I’m not sure how to fix that. Game developers do remain predominantly male through no fault of their own, and asking them, from a male perspective, to make games about a female perspective, would probably produce something rather disingenuous.
1) This completely ignores the fact that many women are harassed out of the game industry. Sure, there are some male game developers who don’t personally harass their female peers, but enough do and unless the “good” male developers stand up for their peers who are targets of harassment, then yes. Yes, they are at fault. 2) This assumes that men cannot understand the female perspective. Guess what? It’s “disingenuous” because men do not understand that women are people and make them into stereotypes instead of fleshed out characters. Women are asked to, and do, understand the male perspective all the time.
And then there’s this:
Specifically I don’t agree that video games are misogynistic just because there are certain tropes they tend to fall back on a lot. It is true that there are an awful lot of game stories where the protagonist is male and the female character exists either to be rescued or to die and give the protagonist motivation. We’ll call that the hero-damsel narrative. I don’t think that hero-damsel enforces misogyny. After all, the protagonist, the male, is the one who has it worst. He’s the one who has to put himself at pain, and even die, over and over again, in an endless cycle of torment, for the benefit of the women. Yeah, ‘damsels in distress’ tend to be shallow characters without much agency, but who has less agency than the protagonist? The one that can’t so much as lift a finger if the player doesn’t press a button telling them to?
Of course I don’t believe that hero-damsel narratives are actually misandrous. I’m trying to illustrate something I was taught on my first day of media studies: that the same facts can support a wide range of conflicting agendas, depending on how you frame them. In truth, I don’t think hero-damsel is misandrous or misogynistic. I think the worst you could say about it is that it appeals to gender roles that are part of our base, emotional instincts, the animal brain stating that men need to be the big strong defenders going into harm’s way to protect the poor fragile women who can’t be expected to save themselves, thus ensuring the continued survival of the species.
I don’t even know where to start with this one. It’s just so ridiculous. Because some one can make a ridiculous claim about how a trope is hurtful to them, that means that all claims about tropes being hurtful are invalid? Yahtzee has obviously spent zero time seeing this from the point of view of “the damsel.” Yes it is absolutely hurtful to be again and again portrayed as the prize for men to win or the possession to be recovered. And the fact that this happens virtually only to women is absolutely misogynistic. We are told again and again that we have no agency and no power, that we are only objects. And women aren’t the only ones that pick up on this message. There is a reason men have trouble thinking of women as human. It’s because of tropes like this. This is a reason the harassment that Yahtzee so tidily ignores is so rampant in the industry.
I will now point to this article as proof that Yahtzee hasn’t got a clue.
y’all remember that game in elementary school where each person would say one word and the next person would say a word etc so it’d create a cohesive story? let’s do that:
well playtime is over you’re all grounded
Can we just have every superhero react like that?
"A spider bite… gave me abs…?"
"Being put in a barrel of radioactive waste… gave me abs…?"
"Watching my parents die…gave me abs?"
"Mutagen…gave me plabs?"