Above is a tweet I made this afternoon in reaction to the fact that none of the games…
“Having a female protagonist just for the sake of having one is just as bad as not having one at all.”
Responses 32, 34, 39, 40, and 41 are all very valid and nonsexist points to make. Most of these points were nonsexist actually, and really only prove that the people who know of Feminist Frequency are getting tired of hearing her trivial complaints.
11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24,and 50 are also nonsexist,
and valid in my book.
She tweeted this. They had to be following her on twitter in order to see it, or someone who was following her retweeted her or otherwise shared this with them. She isn’t going up to them and bugging them, she’s just saying it in her own corner where people who want to hear what she has to say can go look at it.
These people are attacking her for pointing out a pattern. She isn’t saying any of the new games announced are bad for not having playable women, she’s just saying that the pattern of none of them having playable women when 48% of gamers are women is existent, and letting you fill in the blank that she also thinks it a problem.
She’s not being attacked in response to her attacking them, she’s being attacked because she’s a women expressing herself in the realm of video games, a realm commonly seen as a “boy’s club” where many people like the responders try to violently uphold a “no girls allowed” rule.
It’s not even so much what each individual reply has to say, it’s that within an hour she got 50 negative responses.
The reason she got so many negative responses in an hour is not because of any misogynistic “boys club” attitude, but rather because most people realize that This is not an issue. the gender imbalance in video games is and always has been prevalent, but it is not due to some patriarchal scheme. It’s just a matter of story. When a game designer wants to make a game, they decide the gender of the character based on what fits in their story.
Most likely, the reason so many people got upset about this and attacked her is that they feel she is attacking them by indirectly making accusations of sexism.
She was not “pointing out a pattern”. That implies that she was not expressing an opinion on the statistic. she was outright claiming that this was a sexist issue that needed to be addressed.
Feminists think that they are verbally attacked by men
“because of their gender”, but often they are actually being attacked because they threw the first blow. Looking for, and finding, sexism where there is none is a serious issue in the feminist community. Feminist attacks on the video game industry for this “gender imbalance” WILL cause retaliatory attacks from people who believe that there is no sexism in the choosing of protagonists.
“The reason she got so many negative responses in an hour is not because of any misogynistic “boys club” attitude, but rather because most people realize that This is not an issue.”
1. Any women who dares to point out lack of representation and sexist tropes in media unfailingly becomes the victim of a wave of insults and personal attacks just like this. Of course misogyny is at work.
2. Representation is important. Regardless of the particular marginalised group, lack of representation is one of the many methods used to exclude them from the social narrative and pretend that they aren’t important. It’s why video games (and all media) have such a stunning lack of POC characters, queer characters, disabled characters, trans* characters etc.
”[…]the gender imbalance in video games is and always has been prevalent, but it is not due to some patriarchal scheme.”
The patriarchy is not a bunch of men sitting around a table cackling about all the ways they can torment women. It’s a system of power designed to keep men in power and benefit us while disenfranchising and marginalising women. And BECAUSE it benefits us we’re trained from birth, consciously and unconsciously, to perpetuate it and defend it whenever it’s under attack. Like thinking the terrible representation of women in all media isn’t “an issue” and thinking that anyone who points it out is looking for problems that don’t exist.
“It’s just a matter of story. When a game designer wants to make a game, they decide the gender of the character based on what fits in their story.”
This is the most laughably stupid thing I’ve read all day, including the above tweets. There is almost no game that would be fundamentally altered by changing the gender of the main character/s, and when the overwhelming majority of main characters just happen to be male - and white cis straight males in particular - it isn’t “a matter of story”, it’s oppression in action. A particular game designer might not be sexist for not making any female characters, but when the exact same trend is repeated all across the industry it’s oppression in action.
“Feminist attacks on the video game industry[…]”
How the absolute fuck you equate criticism=attack is exactly why toxic shit like those tweets is so common. Video games are not some flawless divine gift that can never be improved, especially when it comes to representation.
”[…]for this “gender imbalance” WILL cause retaliatory attacks from people who believe that there is no sexism in the choosing of protagonists.”
You mean that people who refuse to acknowledge sexism will insult and demean anyone who points it out? WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT?