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4-03-2012 @ 4:12PM
This is sad, but I'm kind of glad a man wrote this column because I have the feeling if a woman did, it wouldn't be taken as seriously. *Sigh*"My best guess would be that they find the number of creepy dudes who think Ji's harassment is funny and that chainmail bikinis are hot is higher than the number of women gamers who would get offended by them, and they're trying to appeal to the majority."Not just women who get "offended" -- but women who are downright horrified because they've suffered this kind of thing IRL, and don't find it funny at all, because they know first-hand how terrifying this kind of thing can be.But if they speak up, remembering incidents of being stalked and harassed and blamed for being the victim, they get told to "lighten up" and "don't take it so personally." "It's just a remark," they say, having no idea that "just a remark" is the first sign of something far more disturbing.And don't get me started on how *awful* Blizzard's writing is when it comes to female characters. They're either evil, dead, there for sex appeal or to flesh out a male character. There are very, very few female characters who don't fit into any of those categories.
4-03-2012 @ 4:20PM
Thank god there are people like you. It's an unpleasant truth that the statement "it's just a remark" is a way to hide from reality. Saying things like this is akin to saying "it's just emotion, get over it". We cannot expect people to just get over things that are rooted in deeper issues and inappropriate mentalities. We act as if we can't expect men (and plenty of women!) to be better than they are. Some men are beyond saving, but most just need to grow up a little bit. It seems to me that it only takes one woman saying "but I don't mind!" for every man to throw up his hands and claim that this is obvious proof that sexism isn't as serious as it actually is.What I'm trying to say is that as a culture we need to grow up, and stop clinging to immature concepts.
4-03-2012 @ 4:38PM
@Nick"It seems to me that it only takes one woman saying "but I don't mind!" for every man to throw up his hands and claim that this is obvious proof that sexism isn't as serious as it actually is."This. Exactly this.I notice the women who make these remarks are women who have been lucky enough -- LUCKY enough -- not to have been harassed, either.I have not ever known a single woman who has ever been stalked or harassed to say "I am a woman and I don't mind this." Ever.
4-03-2012 @ 10:01PM
@Nick - I completely agree. Perfectly put.
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