Are video games sexist? | FACTUAL FEMINIST

Are video games sexist? | FACTUAL FEMINIST

Have you heard that most video gamers are
now adult women—not teenage boys in the basement? A new study says so. Feminist tech
writers are have seized on the study as proof that the video industry has fallen behind
the times: too many games, they say, perpetuate a culture of sexism and misogyny. Well, has
the gentle sex really taken over video games? And are games rife with sexism?  That’s
coming up next on the Factual Feminist. When I took a look at the Entertainment Software
Association study, I was a little surprised to find that yours truly, the Factual Feminist
herself, counted as a gamer. I do not recall playing a video game since Pac-Man in a bar
in Cambridge, Mass—in 1980. The study counted anyone who plays, however occasionally, simple
smartphone games like Bejeweled or Angry Birds. I don’t fault the researchers for their
findings. It’s great that the world of games is expanding and there are more women creating
and playing games. But a distinction is in order. There are casual game players—and
there are hard-core gamers for whom highly complex, competitive video games are a primary
life passion. Adult women are not a key demographic here. Consider just one typical data sample:
Researchers at UCLA have been studying the pastimes of college freshmen for more than
40 years. For incoming freshmen, 65 percent of girls but fewer than 19 percent of boys
said they played no video games at all in a typical week. Among hardcore gamers who
play more than 20 hours a week, the ratio of boys to girls is 7 to 1. This huge gender
gap has persisted since the researchers first started asking about video games in the mid-1990s—and
it looks like it’s here to stay. But are video games rife with sexism? Do they promote
a culture of misogyny and violence that must be dismantled?  My answer is no. As I looked
into the literature on gaming, I discovered that gamers make a lot of people nervous.
Not only are most of them male—but the games they like tend to be action-packed, competitive,
and often violent. And they like to play them—a lot. Gamers have long faced disapproval from
moms and teachers and—above all—researchers and politicians—concernocrats—both liberal
and conservative. For years, games such as Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty were said
to cause violence, even though no one was able to establish a clear correlation. Those
concerns died down when Psychological Bulletin published a major article in 2010 declaring
the video game scare “much ado about nothing.” One graph showed that as video games have
surged in popularity, youth crime has plummeted. But now, gamers are dealing with a new army
of critics: gender activists and hipsters with degrees in cultural studies. These critics
are concerned that gaming is a largely hetero-patriachal capitalist pursuit.  Why isn’t gaming more
inclusive? Why must there always be male heroes? Why are the few females always portrayed as
either Damsels in distress or sex objects? These critics have made some useful points
about “sexist tropes and narratives.” But they ignore the fact that the world of
gaming has become more inclusive. There are games that fit a vast array of preferences,
and games with responsibly proportioned and appropriately garbed female protagonists.
Yet the video game gender police have become harsh and intolerant. Many of them want more
than more women on both sides of the video screen—they want the male video game culture
to end. Male gamers, as a group, do evince a strong a preference for games with male
heroes and sexy women. Could that be because they are—male? There is no evidence that
these games are making males racist, misogynist, or homophobic. In fact, all the data we have
suggests that millennial males—born and raised in video game nation—are far less
prone to these prejudices than previous generations. Imagine if a group of gender critics attacked
women-centered shows like Oprah or The View, or women’s magazines, for privileging the
female perspective and treating men like “the other.” The fans might be tempted to tell
them to bug off—and find their own shows. That is what many gamers did. And most did
it with logic and evidence and humor. But recently two feminist critics received and
publicized email death threats. No one knows who sent them. The millions of gamers must
include a few sociopaths, if it was indeed gamers who sent the threats. But many of the
new culture critics seized on the emails as a sure sign of patriarchal pathology at the
heart of gamer culture. According to one academic pontificator, “What we are seeing is the
end of gamers and the viciousness that accompanies the death of an identity.” Well, I have spent
the last few weeks talking to gamers, reading about them, looking at all the data. I don’t
see pathology or imminent death. What I see is a lively, smart, creative subculture consisting
mostly of tech-savvy guys from all over the world—but also including a small but distinct
group of very cool women. If you love games, they don’t really care about your age, race,
ethnicity, gender, or sexual preference. They just want to game. My suggestion to their
critics: Stand Down. What do you think of the controversy over video games? Let us know
in the comments section. If you appreciate these videos, please show your support by
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Comments (100)

  1. I love ? this woman.

  2. Censorship is always a grave mistake in the misguided perception to benefit society and has a history of backlash. Either we live in a free society, or we strip our rights in the name of “Progress” and see where that lands us. As a progressive It hurts to see my movement cannibalizing it’s own cause, and it saddens me to see good work towards free thought and equality become weakened in an obvious power struggle willing to turn to measures that weaken our laws which were there to protect us from greater oppression. We must be careful what we ask for, because when censorship becomes rampant in the name of feelings, those freedoms that allowed our progress to occur in the first place, won’t be there to allow you to share these feelings. Think.

  3. Thanks for not being bitchy

  4. I play occasionally flash games on newgrounds at the school library during lunchtime, i am a gamer

  5. G?️MERS Rise Up

  6. feminists are sexist in 2019
    STOP Harassing Males!

  7. we just want to game. hey, well said

  8. Bruh she actually has fact damn I ahvnt excepted this tbh. We might have hope for feminists


  10. It's all Japan's fault that feminists keep getting their panties in a wad about small things like video games.

    If their female characters didn't have jiggle physics, panty shots and constant uses of females being depicted as "damsel in distresses"; these eccentric SJW women would shut up for a little while.

  11. Gamers a gamer. I don't see how a person that plays video games on or not a daily basis. They are human beings like us and sure yes maybe they over due it , but I don't see how an individual gamer should be discriminated by their gender ,sexuality, race and more. The point is that they enjoy playing video games. I myself , a gamer. And no it does not cause any violence. It's like accusing hot wheels being at fault for car accidents

  12. Finally some good fucking food

  13. I game 20 hours twice a day

  14. Reading that title made me laugh because now video games make it you a mass murderer

  15. A reasonable feminist???!?! NANI?!?!?!?

  16. For Christ sake everything is sexist these days:

    Man: says hello

  17. This is bullshit men game a lot more than women

  18. what the fuck should i do give mom a fucking controller

  19. These crazy “sexist air conditioning feminists” give serious, logical and intelligent people a bad rap.

  20. I actually really want to make a game where the story's protagonist is a female, and her three member team only has one male who is siblings with the other female. This is not because I consider feminists or anything, but because I envision that protagonist perfectly that way for that role in that fictional world

  21. I thought feminists were girls that thought they were better than boys. Oh

  22. Wait she's cool thank god

  23. You all are dumb, their are so many black characters, and women characters.

  24. I like games where I can grab video game feminists by the hair, rape them and then punch them in the head, before taking their possessions and turning their heads as trophies yet treat the other females like ladies. IT IS GAMES. IT ISN'T REAL BUT ALMOST AS MUCH FUN AS SPINNING UP REAL FEMINISTS. Really if that game existed I would buy it.

  25. Oh my glop its a feminist that does research

  26. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha no video games r not sexist really next thing I know I'm gonna be replaced with some idiot who thinks that they are, (some are, but still most aren't you know like Minecraft)

  27. She really is a FACTual feminist

  28. It's interesting how you can tell if someone's worth listening to by whether they show their dislikes as well as comments

  29. Video games aren't sexist you dipshit. A game can be about anything! If you're gonna call games sexist, you may as well say books and movies are too.

  30. "now could that be because they are- uh- MALE?"
    lmao i love this feminist video so much more than anything buzzfeed could ever come up with

  31. XD
    feminism is a quasi-religious misandry cult.
    misogyny/misandry : sexism is sexism how ever one colours it.
    I'm an egalitarian, I will have nothing to do with chauvinistic females.
    being male is not a crime, nor is it aberrant, neither is it a mental disorder.
    don't let sexists dictate to you : end feminism now

  32. Feminist frequency: whines on everything, disabled comment section, disabled like bar, no sign of logical facts
    Factual feminist: gives many solid points, open to criticism, logical facts overload

    Gamers rise up to our Lara Croft

  33. Look's like Gulag is waiting for you.

  34. When this old bitch die?

  35. We are not aloud to like women if we are straight what straight male doesn’t want to see a hot woman in a bikini

  36. Lmao candy crush and Dragon land dont count

  37. Ok so im a human who plays video games. BUT WAIT! I also happen to be a female. Now im automatically supposed to be in the kitchen and I suck at sports and games, this is what society has taught me. Now I can’t even put my mic on because I get harassed and bullied when anyone finds out im a girl. I just want to play the game, why can’t I do that?

  38. No one takes woman serious because the shite feminist spout

  39. Ah finally. A feminists who is actually a feminist and not an anti-maleinist

  40. YO! I saw some oblivion gameplay!

  41. This feminist has a brain unlike the others

  42. Wait a second this feminist is actually using facts and being reasonable. Why can't they all be like this?

  43. If all feminists were like her then this world wouldve been so different… god bless her ♥♥

  44. Oh god the feminists have got to us gamers!!!


  46. We talk to gamer Samantha Beauvillain about her experiences as a woman in the gaming community –

  47. At this point everything is sexist to them

  48. Beware of the feminist Jezabel spirit

  49. There's 69k likes but I won't make a joke this time.

  50. I lost it when a feminist low key called out Anita Sarkeesian.


  52. No console. No PC. Not a gamer.

  53. Are movies, commercials..ect misandrist? Yes just look more careful what we men have to suffer and what you men don't have to deal with

  54. It's wonderful to find an actual feminist like this that isn't biased like this. This is a wonderful woman. I wish there were more feminists like her.

  55. we need more feminists like you, the logical ones that make actual sense instead of the ones we see in media that are pretty much women who despise men just because they're men

  56. Bruh we finally found a real feminist thank god if only the fake feminist would be like her then the world would be a little brighter

  57. You're the only feminist that doesn't make me cringe.

  58. Are we seriously asking this question?

  59. why do feminazis hate hot girls being in anything? is it because fems are fat and ugly and hot girls trigger them? do feminazis just want to ruin things? are they even human?

  60. I want to apologize to you factual feminist my prejudice towards even the YouTube channel name made me think Ill of any claims that you might make and I need to make less judgements just making my mind up just because of the name

  61. Thank you, thank you for actually being a feminist.

  62. Had your talk now get back in the kitchen Karen !!

  63. This woman must be protected at all costs

  64. This lady is annoying she’s jealous guys can have fun playing games and girls are getting bored of me playing with there dolls

  65. I wish this lady was one of my grade school teachers. Then I probably wouldn’t have been taught that I’m just on my way to becoming a scumbag loser

  66. Feminists on sexist ism, it can all boiled down to one thing: Too many people with too much time on their hands: end of story . Straining on an insect and swallowing a camel:

  67. i love this so much, subscribed!!!

  68. Socialists want to kidnap this industry as well. Because they see it as another indoctrination vehicle which is a real threat to ideologists when is not in their hands.

  69. Video games are catered to men, because that is their largest demographic of consumers, by far. Also, women appear sexy in video games because everybody likes that. It's eye candy for both men and women, but it's for different reasons.

  70. I don't know how this old woman didn't know about Candy crush. I am very surprised

  71. Who fucking cares if videogames are sexist or offensive, THEY'RE FUCKING GAMES! And developers should be free to make games regardless of the concern of offending people

  72. Don’t confuse sexy and sexism.

    It’s ok to present new thoughts about what art could be, it’s not ok at all to impose on others what art must be.

  73. I want her as my mommy

  74. Shut the fuck up. Game developers get to pick what they want

  75. 20 hours a week…… Try a day you noob 😛

  76. Ok I just wanna add something: People seem to think that a game industry that primarily makes action games only make those and want to turn people violent, but they are actually pretty flexible (Halo 3 ODST was actually noir for instance)

  77. So they are being sexist they want male protagonist to not be in a game when they have FEMALES in games they have age requirements if you are mad fuck off and go do that shit to porn hub

  78. I guess after playing cool math games I wanna massacre the human race

  79. she made some good points about ACTUAL sexism and took more logic based conclusions, and was really respectful all the way, this is a feminism i can respect.

  80. I'm a girl and I've been playing them since I was 12. Games aren't becoming sexist, game developers are getting pressured to design their characters they way they are and how they are treated. A lot of this isn't even aimed at females but males. Sometimes you get that one character like Moxxy from Borderlands but it can be easily ignored. All of this shit about videogames being sexist can be ignored. Also, these people have heard of Saints Row? The tonnes of violence that can be done by a female?

  81. who cares if the main character is a boy or girl it's about he fun

  82. A real gamer is immersed in gaming and the culture of gaming. A casual who plays Candy Crush doesn't count. How many female Shadowsergs or Core-A Gaming (both gaming channels on youtube) are there? How many female gamers do you see doing epic things like this in gaming? There are only a select few female gamers. The only notable female gamer that competes at the highest level that I know of is Kayo Police and she always loses to male competitors like Daigo Umehara. In fact, I don't think Kayo Police has won a single Capcom Cup in all the ones she's competed in.

  83. Statistically, women are more into Puzzle Games. Realistically, they're only into the easy-mode, gratifying puzzle games. Why were they not into puzzle games when puzzle games were far more difficult? Why were they not into games like "Tetris Attack", "Kirby Super Star Stacker", "Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine", "Pokemon Puzzle League", "Pokemon Puzzle Challenge", "Puzzle Bobble"/"Bust-A-Move", "Puzzle Bobble 2"/"Bust-A-Move 2", and even the relatively gratuitous "Puzzle Bobble 4"/ "Bust-A-Move 4" was not popular with the ladies. I played and loved all of these games, but they were all very challenging in comparison to the all-too-easy stacks you get in modern day flimsy puzzle games. You'd have to search for combinations quickly and adjust rapidly because they kept giving you what you didn't need and you had to figure out what to do with it until you could match it up.

  84. 3:16 Anita Sarkeesian. ?????? Also as a gamer, I appreciate your views on us gamers having a subculture.

  85. App gaming isnt the same. Prove me wrong.

  86. I live this woman, she has brains and I respect her very much.

  87. If you think your a pro gamer by playing Angry Birds,then playing the Tambourine must make me a professional musician

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