It’s so hard not to analyse the gender stereotypes in media I consume. I can’t watch one movie without being like “oh of course they assign clairvoyance to a woman and telekinesis to a man! At least they gave the banshee’s wail to a pair of dudes and they have roughly equal gender representation in the psychic tracing power.”
I’m pretty sure everyone who knows me is tired of me going on about this every single time we watch/play/read anything together.
Sorry it took me so long to get back to this! I will definitely try it and make a post here with my impressions once I have. Thanks for the rec, anon!
I think the worst is probably female lps/gamers constantly get comments regarding their body? I’ve literally never seen a male gamer get commented on about his physical appearance.
Yeah, I see what you mean. I am not that exposed to it because I follow female let’s players who only do voice (it’s a League of Legends thing) and so I don’t see much of that. What I do see a lot of, though, is people commenting on their voices. One of them puts on a seductress persona, so “her voice makes viewers uncomfortable”, another couple of them a naturally high-pitched voice so they are “annoying” or “trying to sound childlike for attention”, and so on. Even when there is no glimpse of their bodies to be seen, female gamers still get comments on superficial aspects.
It just exposes so clearly how society treats the body of women as public property. It’s disgusting.
It’s depressing that with roughly half of the people who play games, it’s still so sexist. I can’t think of a single female let’s player I’ve watched who hasn’t been called a bitch or annoying or criticized for whatever reason.
Yeah, and the worst part is that women’s importance and presence in gaming is discredited at every turn. Every time the issue gets brought up, people say that women only play “casual” games, and therefore “don’t count” (and there is so much wrong with that! elitism, for starters, and the fact that there are so many men playing casual games too).
So many things are fucking boys’ clubs and it just makes me grrr.
Gamer culture is so awful when it comes to isms, but it just takes the cake on sexism. Any woman that plays games gets so much crap thrown at them no matter what they do. Male gamers can do whatever they want on youtube and other platforms, and get criticised on mostly-fair grounds, but female gamers? They just can’t win.
If they act like normal human beings (getting upset when they don’t do well, getting excited when they do), they are called “annoying bitches” and are told they are “impossible to watch” and “nobody would want to play with them.”
If they put on a persona in order to avoid this, they will be called attention whores no matter the nature of the persona chosen. I have seen a significant variety in how gaming women approach this, and the result is always the same. Over the top seductress like Elvira, Mistress of the Dark? Attention whore. Cutesy and completely non-threatening in any way? Still an attention whore. Badass tough girl who takes no shit? Attention whore AND (and I swear I saw several comments saying this exact thing) “trying too hard to be a real gamer.”
As if only men are ‘real’ gamers and women who take on a tough persona (or are naturally that way) are attempting to emulate them.
It’s soul-crushing to get excited over the fact that more and more women are breaching the gaming hobby and then read comment after comment that puts down women no matter what they do. And then go on forum discussions and listen to mansplainers trying to convince everyone that gaming is completely non-sexist and that all these complaints about sexism are overreacting and overly sensitive.