Advice to Male Gamers on How Not to Be Sexist Douchebags

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2. Condescension is asking to have your ass handed to you: Gaming wouldn't be gaming if we didn't mock those of lesser skill and achievement than us, but there is a difference between doing it because someone is worse at a game than you and just attributing their being worse to their gender. You can't blame that on the dismal and simplistic selection of "girl games." Those things were made by clueless men trying to gain market share from people without bothering to try and research their demographic.

In reality, some girls are shitty at some games, but all of them can get better. If you provoke them you're likely to find them sniping you and tea-bagging your corpse because gaming also wouldn't be gaming if rage-filled players didn't find a way to humiliate something that pissed them off.

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1. Girl gamers aren't a threat to you: With the above richly deserved retribution aside, you need to be wary of the feeling that girls becoming a dominant force in the gaming industry is somehow a threat to you. This, more than anything, is where men need to step back and consider some things.

Gaming is going to change, and in a big way, and soon at that. Women have precious few good role models in games. Nintendo took their most badass female character and turned her into a simpering, shackled woman holding back her arsenal of abilities to curry favor with a father figure in Metroid: Other M. Mass Effect 2 had a character that you could "cure" of mental problems resulting from an abusive relationship by screwing her. Play through Arkham City as Catwoman and literally all you hear is "bitch" and thugs talking about nailing her. I'm not even going to talk about God of War and Duke Nukem.

At one point, this was a complaint gamemakers could just gloss over because there weren't enough girls playing the games to make their marketshare worth changing. That's already no longer true, and it's going to mean less and less chauvinism will be made or tolerated.

Actually, I guess that is a threat of a kind, but don't worry. There will always be games like the ones I mentioned above. It's just that there will also be games like Portal. It's not feminazism, it's just good business sense. The true essence of manliness is having the character to allow women a place on the server without resorting to a "mine" mentality. If you keep buying games where women are mere ornaments to be won they'll keep making them, but if you scream and throw a fit every time develops makes a title with a strong, female lead then makers will stop listening to you... and probably everyone else.

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BrittanieShey
BrittanieShey moderator

I would like to point out that use of the word "douchebag" as an insult is in and of itself sexist, because vaginas are dirty, disgusting things.

tephloncoating
tephloncoating

Well maybe they should play classes other than ranged DPS if they want our respect. 

brandius
brandius

I just love that the related content being pulled up at the bottom of this post is about Johansson's boobs, the 10 best and controversial Hustler covers, and a top five list of porn stars to follow on Twitter. 

JefWithOneF
JefWithOneF topcommenter

@BrittanieShey Since douching is in and of itself harmful to female genitals, I actually think it's a very appropriate insult. 

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Or, a reference to another stupid TOOL invented by a goofy MAN to inflict his ideas on women with NO understanding of feminine physiology. I think the word use here is entirely appropriate. I can't spell it, but I think it. 

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

"They?" Is that like "you people"? "Our" is like you and who else? Do y'all have a secret hand shake? Wear armbands? Do funny marches?

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Pimping ain't easy.

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