Even in a world where there is a lot of sexism and there are a lot of sexist dudes, I am consistently amazed by the amount of nerdrage and keening wails directed at Anita Sarkeesian. I want to airlift HOBBIES and CHILL PILLS over the homes of those who feel the need to harass her.
This brings us back to the picture at the top of this post. Who's that redhead in the COG armor? That would be Alex Brand, a character from the Gears of War spin-off comic books. She's rumored to be a new character in Gears 3, which would make her the first female to actually see any action in these games -- and the first to wear some real armor, unlike Anya's crisp business casual skirt-suit (the female uniform doesn't include pants?).
Here's where it gets a bit weird. Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski spoke about this issue in a recent article about female characters in GameInformer. Apparently, the reason why we never see any women in Gears is that they're all busy ... having babies. Because the Locusts killed so many humans that the women need to spend all of their time procreating. Instead of fighting
So, why is Alex Brand in the story at all? Well, it turns out that it's because she's sterile. She can't make babies. So she's allowed to fight.
In general, I like these videos, but I think they would be more effective if she referenced quantitative studies whenever possible to back them up
I think she's making arguments about systematic problems, or common symptoms of systematic problems rather than special Ebola-type
To continue your analogy, does she want people to wash their hands regularly and do something about the 36000 deaths a year due to flu, or does she want them to adopt some sort of handwaving freakouty response that has little to do with epidemiology and disease prevention, but let's the doomsday preppers believe that all their careful planning has paid off when everyone in North America doesn't contract hemorrhagic fever?
I often tell people that I’m the biggest self-aware misogynist I know.
I was writing a scene last night between a woman general and the man she helped put on the throne. I started writing in some romantic tension, and realized how lazy that was. There are other kinds of tension.
I made a passing reference to sexual slavery, which I had to cut. I nearly had him use a gendered slur against her. I growled at the screen. He wanted to help save her child… no. Her brother? Ok. She was going to betray him. OK. He had some wives who died… ug. No. Close advisors? Friends? Maybe somebody just… left him?
Even writing about societies where there is very little sexual violence, or no sexual violence against women, I find myself writing in the same tired tropes and motivations. “Well, this is a bad guy, and I need something traumatic to happen to this heroine, so I’ll have him rape her.” That was an actual thing I did in the first draft of my first book, which features a violent society where women outnumber men 25-1. Because, of course, it’s What You Do.
Isn't demanding to see quantitative proof in conversations about sexism one of the classic derailment tactics?
No, I'm trying to figure out why one would argue the phenomenon isn't a widespread issue, or if it's not, and one really has to scrape the bottom of the barrel to find it, why it's worth discussing. - Kid Charlemagne
I think what sticks in my craw is that there have been a bunch of people in here saying "all games are like this" (holds up games with sexist, racist or jingoistic overtones) "when they should be like this" -- Kid Charlemagne
She's not saying "don't make violent games". She's saying "don't make sexist games", which is much easier. Bayonetta and Lolipop Chainsaw would have been just as fun if the protagonists were fully clothed. -- Charlemagne In Sweatpants
That's how you got DooM. The booklet with the game contained the backstory - in three sentences. Beyond that, there was no exposition or plot.
Which is fun, as far as it goes. And of course, it avoided the usual storytelling pitfalls. But it's not an engaging thing beyond the gameplay. -- Pogo_Fuzzybutt
I think being raised on a steady diet of mainstream trashy hip-hop (i.e., "fuck bitches get money") probably also contributes to these retrograde attitudes, but I don't think I'm allowed to point that out because it would be "racist" (because all rappers are black, obviously). -- MattMangels
For the most part, angry entitled white dudes listen to angry white dude bands. -- prize bull octorok
If you replace "video game" with "movie" (which is part of where the video games are getting these cues) , perhaps it will seem more familiar. Roughly speaking, death needs to be on the line before willfully inflicting death can be justified as something a "good" person would do.
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