Violence and Gender

4Player-"Video games and violence go hand in hand. Rarely do we play a game that does not require us to maim, shoot, or destroy to clear missions and complete quests. What disturbs me the most is violence in games against women because society has yet to reconcile this type of violence as a form of female oppression. I repeat – I know there is violence toward male characters and that is gendered too, but in a very different way because it does not attack male sexuality or attempt to make male characters seem impotent. Instead of focusing on levels of violence, let’s shift to learning how to read violence and open a dialogue on how it interprets the gendered societal problems that are already under our noses."

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