Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts


CaimDark's blog

  Make changes   Set it live in the post manager. Need help? There are FAQs at the bottom of the editor.
CaimDark avatar 6:45 AM on 08.03.2012  (server time)
The sexism debate has succeeded where it matters the most

Sexism controversies, legitimate or manufactured, are all the rage in the gaming media these days, and with good reason, as evidenced by the hundreds of comments such articles get in a matter of hours. A good deal of the recent discussion has been fueled by Anita Sarkeesian's kickstarter project and the bizarre, at times violent, internet reaction that followed.

Personally, while I think there are many legitimate issues, quite a few are silly, hypocritical or blown way out of proportion. Ironically, they also often reveal the sexism of some who decry the supposed sexism! And it's sometimes hard not to picture Anita as an attention-seeking, man-hating, fire-breathing feminist caricature when reading some of her comments.

But I just realized something: all that sexism being hammered on our collective heads is working.

This past week I finished Batman: Arkham City and Bayonetta, and I found myself seeing sexism or thinking about sexism where previously I possibly wouldn't have even blinked. Curiously, I didn't find Bayonetta sexist at all, while Arkham City's Talia Al-Ghul rang my sexism alarm bells.

This is a somewhat new development. I have always been exactly the audience games targeted (teen male gamers 15 years ago, young male adults these days), so sexism and women in gaming just weren't on my radar like they are now. That's not so say I see sexism everywhere, far from it, but I now pay attention to the issue in a way I didn't before.

And whatever one may think of Anita or proponents of Tomb Raider's "rape controversy", raising this kind of awareness is a resounding victory for them, as well as for all who hope for a more egalitarian medium, myself included.

   Reply via cblogs

Get comment replies by email.     settings

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our comment moderators

Can't see comments? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this. Easy fix: Add   [*]   to your security software's whitelist.

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -