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Why Is Gaming Culture Misogynistic?
If you don't agree with the title than ask your self, "Is video game culture is misogynistic?".

The question was brought up recently in the Mother Jones article “Why It Sucks to Be a Woman in the Video Game Industry” by Tasneem Raja, Interactive Editor for Mother Jones.

Raja's article examines the sexism women deal with in the gaming industry from sexual harassment and disparity in the compensation structure to having women developers not being acknowledged for their accomplishment in the industry.

Sure; anyone could just brush all that of as some liberal publication trying to preach about the same feminist ideology. Unfortunately Raja is not the first writer to bring up the misogynistic aspect of video game culture.

Go back to 2010 when David Wong, Senior Editor of Cracked.com, examined the gaming cultures attitude towards women and the industries depiction of women in “5 Reasons It's Still Not Cool to Admit You're a Gamer”.

Most notably Wong cites an article from The Guardian about the sexual harassment women gamers are subjected to online. The best example of this is women gamers playing with male avatars just to avoid the "Tits or GTFO" remarks.

Several months after Wong’s article, Seanbaby (iconic humor writer and avid gamer) wrote in his column about the misogynistic undertone of Red Dead Redemption. He even explores the obvious sexism in the "Dastardly" achievement / trophy; which is unlocked after the player sets a hogtied woman on the train tracks and witness her death.

If you don't agree with the title than ask your self, "Is video game culture is misogynistic?"

The question was brought up recently in the Mother Jones article “Why It Sucks to Be a Woman in the Video Game Industry” by Tasneem Raja, Interactive Editor for Mother Jones.

Raja's article examines the sexism women deal with in the gaming industry from sexual harassment and disparity in the compensation structure to having women developers not being acknowledged for their accomplishment in the industry.

Sure; anyone could just brush all that of as some liberal publication trying to preach about the same feminist ideology. Unfortunately Raja is not the first writer to bring up the misogynistic aspect of video game culture.

Go back to 2010 when David Wong, Senior Editor of Cracked.com, examined the gaming cultures attitude towards women and the industries depiction of women in “5 Reasons It's Still Not Cool to Admit You're a Gamer”.

Most notably Wong cites an article from The Guardian about the sexual harassment women gamers are subjected to online. The best example of this is women gamers playing with male avatars just to avoid the "Tits or GTFO" remarks.

Several months after Wong’s article, Seanbaby (iconic humor writer and avid gamer) wrote in his column about the misogynistic undertone of Red Dead Redemption. He even explores the obvious sexism in the "Dastardly" achievement / trophy; which is unlocked after the player sets a hogtied woman on the train tracks and witness her death.

Flash forward to July of 2012 when J.F. Sargent wrote "5 Prejudices That Video Games Can't Seem to Get Over", which had a section dedicated to games that degraded strong female characters. Particularly a lot of attention was given to the femininity traits givin to Samus Aran in Metroid: Other M(a lot of it based on Abbie Heppe critic for G4).

Why is gaming culture so misogynistic?

The best answer regards the up-bring many gamers had during the 90's up until the mid 2000. During this era; gaming was part of geek subculture and so was often ridiculed by those part of the mainstream culture.

Gamers were more likely to be outcasts in high school which made them the victims of taunting and teasing. Its also likely many had bad experiences with women or relationships in their youth while being stereotyped as "virgin for life".

Later in life these gamers became adults and followed their dream into the industry just as video games became accepted by mainstream culture. Unfortunately these gamers still harbor the old animosity towards women.

Because their life experience has conditioned them to see women as nothing more than a useless sources of pain and pleasure; women in video games are often depicted with sexual overtone or featured as "the useless chick".

A second theory to look at is the influence of pop culture on the narratives of video games. Cinema and comics of the mid 70's to the late 80's has had major influence on the development of video game stories; however most of these films often placed women into the "useless chick role" or had strong but overly sexualized female characters.

Sure their are some notable moment that could contradict the misogyny of gaming culture. However trying to write up a list of "strong video game heroin's (not overly sexualized)" tends to be limited when all you have is:
* Jill Valentine (Resident Evil & Resident Evil 3)
* Rebecca Chambers (Resident Evil 0)
* Claire Redfield (Resident Evil 2)
* Samus Aran (Metroid)
End of list!

Gaming is suppose to be fun way for people to escape their boring and mediocre life only for a few hours. Video game culture has recently become part of pop culture but its not socially progressing if it continues to have a demeaning outlook towards women.
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