Before I begin, I’m gonna be straight up and say, publicly for the first time on my blog (outside of poetry or spoken word)
I am gender fluid:
Being Gender Fluid has nothing to do with which set of genitalia one has, nor their sexual orientation.
Now, there has been a TON of articles on GamerGate, so I want to avoid covering old ground as much as possible and just keep this down to my recent experience on Left4Dead2 on Steam.
Feminism seems to be so misunderstood (deliberately ?) as to be in the realm of conspiracy theory by the time they are done explaining it. Examples range from ‘Feminazi, go back to 1942.’ ( I’m at a loss to even begin to try to explain that one) to feminism equals communism/Illuminati control aiming towards a non-hetro world. ( The horror. The humanity. We’ve been rumbled !) “Feminism fits the elite’s depopulation agenda.” (IlluminatiNews.co.uk) So , yeah, we are dealing with some crazy types here for sure. Many of us just try to ignore and avoid these troll types but all that seems to do is let these mindsets spread and fester online. Land mines of misogyny strewn across the world wide web.
Feminism = equality.Plain and simple.
Belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.
n.The movement organized around this belief.
It’s not a big concept to grasp. It’s just about equality in a world dominated by patriarchy. Pretty straight forward and easy to see if you wake up and pay attention to the world around you. ( The sad irony of these conspiracy types who keep telling us all to Wake up sheeple!!)
WE HAVE A BIG PROBLEM IN GAMING.
This will not end with GamerGate, this has been here for a long time and doesn’t seem to be going away. If you choose a ‘gender neutral’ handle or a ‘male’ one, your gaming experience will be free of much of this stuff, by and large. In fact , in one of the threads this is made quiet clear. As soon as you identify otherwise, you cannot be a ‘Pro-Gamer’ or much of a gamer for that matter it seems. You will be accused of the same old tropes, women talk too much, aren’t very good at fighting, aren’t capable of leading teams, they complain all the time. ( As though in the middle of a horde attack female identifying players just drop their joy-pads and start discussing fashion or some such shit )
For many people like myself, gaming has always been a way to escape the big bad world outside my door. A chance to explore and cooperate with people all around the world. A venue to share or a platform to speak and be heard. It was some where to go to get away from the battles we fight in the world daily. It seems these conflicts have spread to the digital world with a fierce and venomous temerity, largely unchecked and unchallenged.
Until recently that is.
What Feminist Frequency, along with many others, has done here is to begin a talk that is long over due, about how women are treated and portrayed in the gaming world. It’s bad enough that for many of us, stepping out into the real world, carries fear of attack or abuse ,without having to have that in on-line gaming too? When women/LGBTQ/minorities are routinely portrayed as background victims in gaming, we have a problem that needs to be addressed. That behavior is abundant in the real world, for example, the threat of a gun shooting at the school Anita Sarkeesian was going to talk at. Not to mention the threats on her life for being vocal on these issues. We live in a world where 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted, this is unacceptable in any way shape or form. It is equally unacceptable that so many suffer sexual harassment, threats and abuse when gaming on-line. Much like in the real world, it will be a long and hard battle but one I hope will result in a safer on-line gaming environment for everyone eventually.