I didn't want to make a blog about this. I really didn't. But I have no choice. I'm just sick and tired of seeing this subject come up over and over and OVER again. It is tiresome, old, and I'm here to tear it down.
Feminism. What is it? Well the easiest definition of feminism is that it is a movement that advocates that all women should have the same social, politcal, and in fact all the same rights as men. So basically rights such as equal pay for equal work, no gender descrimination, that kind of thing. Basically it's that women want to be treated the same as men (except when it comes to prison sentences, then you'll see the difference). A feminist then is an advocate of this movement. Someone who believes in it and follows it and actively supports it.
Here's the thing though, feminism isn't being used the way it was intended to these days. Feminism is now being used as a platform for politically correct morons and other whiners to find a reason to complain about something. It combines "White Knight Syndrome", Political Correctness, and various separate agendas and uses them under the banner of feminism. It's so annoying too.
It isn't feminism to complain about how a woman looks in a video game. A video game isn't real, no one thinks of it as real, no one acts in real life as though it is real unless they have pre-existing mental issues. To make any complaint about a woman's appearance in a video game as being offensive and portraying unrealistic female appearances is to say that you are upset over something that isn't real. What? It's ok to go around murdering thousands in a game, but it's not ok for a girl to have a large chest and dress in a bikini? Why is that? Well the answer is self-image. You see there are different types of people who are not comfortable with their own image and, rather than do something about it, they would rather complain about anything perceived to be better looking than they are. Women aren't allowed to be damsel's in distress because that is a portrayal of weakness. Women aren't allowed to have large breasts, skinny waist lines, and dress in revealing clothing because the average woman allegedly doesn't look like that.
Well, I'm sorry to burst your bubble ladies but A) Damsels in distress is not a gender weakness, it's a story device that no one takes seriously and which has actually been used BY WOMEN THEMSELVES IN VARIOUS ART FORMS and B) There is no such thing as an average woman, and there are women who have large chests, skinny waist lines, and who like to go to the beach in revealing clothes.
Do any of you feminists even bother to look at how men are portrayed in games? If we men were like you, you'd see incessant whining about how all men are made to appear to be either steroidal morons suffering from roid rage and possessing below average intelligence. Or, if you're the Japanese version of the "perfect male" you have a borderline effeminate pretty boy look, wearing more product in your hair than the entire cast of Jersey Shore, with the build of a petite swimmer yet possessing the strength of Hercules. Here's the thing though, WE DON'T CARE! We're too busy playing the games to give a damn about how our gender is being portrayed, and in our real life we're not being treated as though we should be steroidal morons or thin girly men. I guess it's a result of gaming being a predominately male hobby for so long, but the core truth remains the same. Pick your battles. A woman getting paid less for doing the same or more work than a man is something to b*tch about. A woman dressed in g-strings and having her breasts bounce while fighting a giant cat or something in a fictional world is NOT something to b*tch about. IT ISN'T REAL!
If anyone you know has treated a woman differently because of a game, then it's not the game's fault. It's not society's fault. IT'S THE IDIOT WITH A MENTAL PROBLEM'S FAULT!
I am really sick and tired of pseudo-journalists pretending to be the White Knight coming to the rescue of women everywhere and making article after article about how there is too much sexism in games, or booth babes are immoral, or other such nonsense. Have any of you ever heard of characters like Chun Li, Sonya Blade, Lara Croft, Meryl Silverburgh, Nariko and countless other female characters who are attractive and strong enough to kick your a** before breakfast? These days, there are so many strong female characters for girls to look up to, yet they are not being focused on by the feminist groups or the pseudo white knight journalists who are constantly whining about how women are allegedly being treated as nothing more than objects or weak individuals. Why is that? Real feminists LEAD by example. They live the best lives they can live. They teach by that example that women are strong by what they do, how they perceive themselves. Not by complaining all the time, not by caring what others think, especially when it involves fictional characters.
Sexism, like racism and prejudice and other forms of "hate" continues because you let it continue. Morgan Freeman has a video in which he is talking about how he doesn't like Black History month and wishes it didn't exist because no other ethnicity has their own special month and none deserve to have one. When asked what he's talking about, he says that racial divides will always exist so long as we keep talking about them like they still exist. We actively create these problems. How can sexism end if there is always going to be that one person looking for the smallest reason to complain? How can gaming move towards being a pure form of expression, if there will always be shackles created by insecure people keeping things down?
I'm really tired of these themes constantly being shoved in our faces when, as gamers, all we should be caring about is what kind of game will come out next? Will it have gorgeous graphics, unique gameplay, an amazing story? I feel sorry for people who don't even think of that and instead rage over what a girl is wearing or if a guy is rescuing her or if she isn't a chubby girl with acne and glasses.
Grow up people. They are just games. Stop taking them so seriously, and maybe the media won't be able to blame them for causing increases in violence as well.
Most of the people in my life are women, my own sisters are core gamers, and they don't give a damn about what a girl looks like in a game. They're too busy trying either to overcome me, or to outperform themselves in the games they play. They are true feminists even though they hate modern day feminism.
Be happy. You're supposed to be having fun in these games.