Gamersagainstbigotry.org is a website with a mission, namely to recruit gamers to the following pledge:
As a gamer, I realize I contribute to an incredibly diverse social network of gamers around the world, and that my actions have the ability to impact others. In effort to make a positive impact, and to create a community that is welcoming to all, I pledge to not use bigoted language while gaming, online and otherwise…Bigoted language includes, but is not limited to, slurs based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and disability.
Theoretically this movement is a wonderful thing, but because I am a dickhead I’m going to attempt to pull their ‘gender’ argument to pieces, for no reason other than it will amuse me (‘click-bait’ here we go).
‘Click-bait’, here we go.
Last year, I wrote an article about cosplay, the premise of which was:
Geek girls have it difficult, because we enjoy stuff that at the moment are mostly considered to be “male” pastimes. I just battle to grasp how we will ever be taken seriously or considered equal participants in geekery if we keep running around in tiny puffs of chiffon that we call “costumes” because don’t forget, we’re wearing ears, DUH!
It seems we're not completely outnumbered.
I’ve read a few feminist gaming blogs and the gist of these writers’ musings is that female gamers should take offence to words like ‘slut’ and ‘whore’ because they are derogatory terms. While I can’t deny that both of those words are rather offensive in a real-life context, I am still quite confused by this logic. The reason for my confusion is best presented by a practical example:
If I get called a whore for fragging someone, but a guy gets called a whore for the same reason, is this not what’s known as gender equality? Are we crying “feminism” because it’s convenient?
I find it illogical that we females wish to be equal parts of a gaming community, yet separate ourselves by taking offence to every reference to vaginas (which happens often and in a variety of languages because South Africa is a nation of diversity).
My point is thus:
Firstly, you made a frag with sufficient skill to cause someone enough irritation that they need to try and insult you.
Secondly, why should you be offended by said common noun when you know that you’re not one?
Before everyone starts foaming at the mouth, I would just like to inform you that I’m not saying that’s it’s socially acceptable to call people names like the ones above, but this issue is something that occurs daily on the internet and thus needs to be discussed.
I’m sure that a lot of you are thinking that I am de-sensitised to sexual harassment; and I’ll be the first to admit that I quite possibly am. However, I don’t think that that is necessarily a bad thing. Life’s too short to spend it getting riled up by the complete idiocy of a 12-year-old (either mentally or chronologically) keyboard warrior asking you to perform sexual acts with him. This phenomenon isn’t something that can be considered enjoyable, but it’s still easy to disregard simply because of its inherent asininity and imbecility. The more you feed a potato of this kind, the more fruit you have to bear if you get my meaning (P.S is a potato a fruit?).
The things I have said here are not very politically correct and to those of you who got mad I say “welcome to the Internet.” I haven’t entirely made up my mind about this issue, but what I do know is that for me, being called the same names as everybody else means that my gender is being disregarded by the gaming community I belong to.
For those of you who choose to get offended and fight the good fight on behalf of women everywhere, I applaud you because you are standing up for your rights. I’m not one of you, perhaps because I am apathetic and a bad human being because I'm all for "equal opportunity hatred", but that’s my right too. Thus, I’m going to summarise my argument by plagiarising the words of one of my online friends, ‘theRed_X’:
“Sexism is in the ear of the beholder so STFU and play*.”
What do you folks think?
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