Brand new episode of Tropes vs Women is online! Please heed the content warning on this video. It contains some especially triggering scenes of sexual violence.
This is important for so many reasons, the main being that violence and abuse towards women is so normalized in our culture that it is EVERYWHERE, and even more so in a creative venue who’s users ARE WOMEN—and outnumber the percentage of teen boys who game.
In talking to several male friends (and seeing multiple comments online), a big proposed “solution” is letting the company know what kind of games are wanted/unwanted with your wallet. AKA…if I don’t like what’s happening in these games, I shouldn’t buy them. And I understand that point of view, honestly, I do. But at the same time, using that logic…the pool I have to choose from regarding comics/video games is incredibly shallow. I’m playing Fallout: New Vegas right now, and I’m having fun—but at the same time, I pretty much know that at some point I will be treated to sexualized female bullshit abuse. I like first/third person RPGs with a real time battle system. Realistically, what are my options? Because this option sounds like “if you don’t like it, look the other direction.” And isn’t that how we’ve been treating REAL LIFE violence and abuse towards women for too long???
But speaking of those teenage boys… that’s even more horrifying. There are still a LOT of young kids/boys playing these games. And it’s not like they’re waiting til they’re 18 to play games like Grand Theft Auto, Hitman, Red Dead Redemption, etc. My little brother played RDR when he was maybe 15? And this is the representation they have, and what they view as normal and fun because THATS WHATS BEING PRESENTED AS NORMAL AND FUN TO THEM. Then they grow up and say “…what’s the big deal?”
I guess I’ll just play Skyrim forever.