You know, I think I'm seeing this everywhere far too much, and I'm not even looking for it. Today, Anita Sarkeesian released her first Tropes vs. Women in Video Games video on Damsels in Distress. It's about 25 minutes of incoherent tripe, erroneous factoids, some french thrown in to make herself look cultured, and a continuation of the anti-love/anti-sex/anti-women- wanting-to-be-with-the-man-the y -love attitude that she's always had. She disabled ratings and comments on the video because, although she claims she's all about discussion, she's against being proven wrong and prevents anyone from being able to do that as much as she can. If you feel like facepalming eternally, then go ahead and click the proceeding link.
Watching that video really induced some serious rage within me. I was fully ready to make a blog post dismantling every single word she said to expose her as the ignorant, hate mongering, opportunist she really is. But in all honesty, that is a huge undertaking that requires more energy than I'm willing to expend at the moment.
Instead, I turn my attention to Adam Sessler's review of God of War: Ascension. Towards the end of the review, Adam turns on White Knight mode when Kratos beats down on a Fury, steps on her head which crushes it, and a trophy that says "Bros before Hos" pops up. Adam spews off the feminist buzzword "mysogyny" (and of course misuses it) when referencing this particular trophy, and a war erupts in the comment section of his video. Sides are drawn between the White Knights and the "It's just a joke"/"It's just a trophy" crowd. This trophy is being linked to all manner of hate, from racism against Africans and Jews, to homophobia as the very descriptive nature of the Internet is used as a weapon in this war.
I thought it was only there that this was happening, but nope. A cursory glance on google turns up a multiple of "a change is needed" articles about how misogynistic God of War: Ascension is just because of a frickin' trophy and thousands of Politically Correct fools who take things WAY too seriously. God of War is actually relatively absent of gender inequality. Kratos is an indiscriminate killer, and he faces many female adversaries and even the goddesses/female titans themselves. But that's not apparently the problem. A trophy is the problem. A kilobyte of lights that has a saying so old it's become a cultural cliche of frathouses and "thugs" is what is being used as the banner for this war.
You want to know the absolute best part of this? Most of the fighting is happening between men. Women are barely discussing this at all.
See, this is why games and social issues should be separate. Games should be allowed the freedom of expression that many cultures enjoy. And people need to stop taking everything so literally and seriously in life. The eventual arguments of "you can't say that because you don't know... blah blah blah" are going to come up, but to that I say this. What good has this "movement" done for the world lately? Because all I can see is constant fighting, misinformation, misrepresentation, and focus being placed in the wrong area. There shouldn't be a movement whose goal is "equal rights with no responsibility" and it damn well should not seep into games.
Frickin' lighten up people. It's a goddamn trophy alright.
And for the last time, misogyny is a profound hatred or distrust of women, alright? Hatred or distrust. It's not a woman in a bikini being looked at by men. It's not Princess Peach being rescued by Mario. It's not a trophy name. It's hatred. Hatred is a strong word backed by strong actions. You want to know hatred? Auschwitz was hatred. Slavery was hatred. A trophy name isn't hatred. If you're going to use such a polarizing and damaging term, use it correctly.