You’ll Kill A Girl Over A Game?
Women and girls who make and play video games have long been harassed — especially if they are good at it — and most especially if they criticize misogyny within it.
Some have been threatened with rape and murder (see GamerGate). A few have fled their homes.
Really? You’re going to rape and murder someone over a game, or her reaction to it?
Why the rage?
Gamers grasping at virtual power
So game-boy enters a world of virtual power.
He transforms into the big man fighting off bad guys and gals — or good guys and gals. He’s rescuing damsels in distress. He’s ogling sexy ladies — who’ve dressed enticingly for him.
And the virtual feels real.
But then some REAL girl comes along and knocks him off his pedestal. She’s the better fighter. And she doesn’t think women need to be saved, or should be objectified.
And his virtual world of power and status goes “POOF!”
Back in the real world he implements Plan B: Make virtual threats. Virtual, because he’s probably not dumb enough to carry out a real threat and end up in jail — over a game.
Of course, there may be some crazies who would carry out the threat for real. But they would only gain virtual — not real — power. And end up disempowered in prison.
Gang-bangers grasping at virtual power
It reminds me of real rapists and real gang members who also grasp at fictional power — which sort of feels like real power — but isn’t much real power at all.
Kids in gangs usually sit at the bottom of the social hierarchy. They don’t own real estate, and so they “take territory” via tagging and gang bangs. The punches and killings make them feel powerful.
And then they end up in prison. Or dead. Not so powerful, after all.
Some men rape to create a sense of holding power over someone else: He takes over her body, makes her submit. He feels control, dominance and superiority as he humiliates her.
But does he actually end up with any real power? Not really. And he could end up in prison, too.
You can’t get too much of what you don’t need
Instead of grasping a virtual power through games or threats or violence, why not become truly empowered?
That may involve changing yourself, or changing society.
But in the end fake power can’t satisfy you.
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Posted on December 12, 2014, in feminism, men, psychology, sexism, violence against women, women and tagged feminism, GamerGate, men, psychology, sexism, video games, violence against women. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.