|I guess they're invisible because they DON'T EXIST!|
1) I can choose to remain completely oblivious, or indifferent to the harassment that many women face in gaming spaces.
|See all the Harassment that woman is facing!|
2) I am never told that video games or the surrounding culture is not intended for me because I am male.
The Male Benefits Drinking Game: Take a shot every time one of these bullet points ends with "Because I am male" or "Because of my gender" or any similar statement. That is because the preceding statement can also apply to men; HOWEVER, this list needs to convey a sense of oppression against women... Even if such an oppression is artificially created by eliminating all other possible reasons for the treatment.
3) I can publicly post my username, gamertag or contact information online without having to fear being stalked or sexually harassed because of my gender.Take another shot! Also, if you publicly post you CONTACT INFORMATION then you are kind of asking for trouble. Besides, the common use of the word "Fag" in some circles kind of destroys this "benefit."
4) I will never be asked to “prove my gaming cred” simply because of my gender.
Take another shot! Man, three shots in a row? We are going to be plastered before we get to #8. Anyway, men can be accused of not having "cred," but it is for the same reason some women are accused of not having "cred" and that is because there is something about them that makes us doubt their self proclaimed "cred." Maybe they aren't that good at a game they claim to be great at, I mean, have you ever seen Darksyde Phil? That guy has absolutely no "cred" whatsoever.
PS: I know I pulled that image off the internet, but is it wrong for me to think the girl on the right is hotter?
5) If I enthusiastically express my fondness for video games no one will automatically assume I’m faking my interest just to “get attention” from other gamers.
|Expressing fondness of games? Must be trying to get attention.|
6) I can look at practically any gaming website, show, or magazine and see the voices of people of my own gender widely represented.
|You have a penis, I instantly agree with everything you say.|
7) When I go to a gaming event or convention, I can be relatively certain that I won’t be harassed, groped, propositioned or catcalled by total strangers.
I don't know about this one, maybe some girls like this kind of attention. I mean, see above. Also, much like #1 I don't see any real evidence that this sort of behavior is happening. I mean, it's claimed that it happens all the time, but given how many conventions there are, how many girls attend, and how many of those girls attend in appealing outfits you'd think this would be all over the news with horror stories of how badly women are being treated. And I mean horror stories that don't just have Anita saying that her abuse is common to all women, I mean have these "all women" talk about their own experiences at all of these horrible cons which are populated with socially awkward nerds. What? If they can generalize the entire gaming community with hateful inaccurate stereotypes, why can't I?
8)I will never be asked or expected to speak for all other gamers who share my gender.
|"It's SOO hard to do these talks about how much of a victim I am and get paid for it."|
9) I can be sure that my gaming performance (good or bad) won’t be attributed to or reflect on my gender as a whole.Everyone raise your hand if you ever thought a SINGLE girl's ability in a game is the benchmark for all females....... Anyone?......... Hello?
10) My gaming ability will never be called into question based on unrelated natural biological functions.I'm confused again. Is "Are you on your period" a common trash talk term? Because, that's the only thing I can think of that this bullet point might be referring to; however, anything that might affect your mental state will definitely affect your gaming ability. So... What is this referring to?
11) I can be relatively sure my thoughts about video games won’t be dismissed or attacked based solely on my tone of voice, even if I speak in an aggressive, obnoxious, crude or flippant manner.No, they will be dismissed or attack based on the merits, or lack there of, of your arguments. This also applies to all women who wish to communicate their own thoughts, like Anita Sarkeesian. Notice how in nearly every single rebuttal video against her, NO ONE dismisses her based on her sex? Funny that.
12) I can openly say that my favorite games are casual, odd, non-violent, artistic, or cute without fear that my opinions will reinforce a stereotype that “men are not real gamers.”
|REAL GAMERS PLAY FARMVILLE!|
13) When purchasing most major video games in a store, chances are I will not be asked if (or assumed to be) buying it for a wife, daughter or girlfriend.I love the aside saying "assumed to be," because that means that it doesn't even matter if the clerk asks the question or not. Also, If you pick up "Barbie's Horse Adventures" you will likely be asked that question, and an even bigger eyebrow will be raised than if a girl bought Gears of War for herself.
14) The vast majority of game studios, past and present, have been led and populated primarily by people of my own gender and as such most of their products have been specifically designed to cater to my demographic.
|Phantasy Star: Made by a Woman.|
15)I can walk into any gaming store and see images of my gender widely represented as powerful heroes, dastardly villains and non-playable characters alike.
|Men and Women? TOGETHER! HELL NO!|
16) I will almost always have the option to play a character of my gender, as most protagonists or heroes will be male by default.And here is a short list of games where I had to play as a female character: Bayonetta, Senran Kagura, The Legend of Dark Witch, Liberation Maiden, Wild ARMs 3, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, Atelier Rorona, Atelier Totori, oh and that small little series that I don't think you have ever heard of called METROID! And do you know how much I was bothered by the fact that I had to play as a woman? NOT AT ALL! And that isn't taking into account all the games where you have a choice between multiple characters including female characters like Star Ocean the Second Story, or games where you can create your character, like Fire Emblem: Awakening. It's almost as if the more important part about a game isn't the gender of the character you play as, but rather the GAME ITSELF!
17) I do not have to carefully navigate my engagement with online communities or gaming spaces in order to avoid or mitigate the possibility of being harassed because of my gender.Ah! Take a shot! Men can be harassed on the internet just as much as women.
18) I probably never think about hiding my real-life gender online through my gamer-name, my avatar choice, or by muting voice-chat, out of fear of harassment resulting from my being male.Another shot! Also, #17 and #18 are exactly the same.
19) When I enter an online game, I can be relatively sure I won’t be attacked or harassed when and if my real-life gender is made public.Identical to the previous two bullet points, are you even trying at this point?
20) If I am trash-talked or verbally berated while playing online, it will not be because I am male nor will my gender be invoked as an insult.Take another shot, and this one is the same as the previous three, which are also the same as #3 at the beginning of this list. Did you really need 25 of these?
21) While playing online with people I don’t know I won’t be interrogated about the size and shape of my real-life body parts, nor will I be pressured to share intimate details about my sex life for the pleasure of other players.That's SIX! Six of these points are EXACTLY the same. Also, you do realize that questioning the size of other's penises as well as interrogations about whether or not one "sucks cock" is common on the internet, right?
22) Complete strangers generally do not send me unsolicited images of their genitalia or demand to see me naked on the basis of being a male gamer.Seven. Also, take a shot.
23) In multiplayer games I can be pretty sure that conversations between other players will not focus on speculation about my “attractiveness” or “sexual availability” in real-life.EIGHT! Eight entries on this list can be summarized like this: "I won't be harassed online, because I'm male." This not only shows the naivety of John's understanding on basic internet conduct, but it also shows his laziness as he couldn't even come up with a list of 25 items. He had to reused the same one EIGHT FREAKIN' TIMES!
24) If I choose to point out sexism in gaming, my observations will not be seen as self-serving, and will therefore be perceived as more credible and worthy of respect than those of my female counterparts, even if they are saying the exact same thing.
|This guy SERIOUSLY thinks he has more credibility than Anita Sarkeesian?|
25) Because it was created by a straight white man, this checklist will likely be taken more seriously than if it had been written by virtually any female gamer.
|This is taken SO seriously, that there is no way to talk about it.|
I've played games with male protagonists, I've played games with female protagonists, I've played games with guys, I've played games with girls, and at no point did I ever think, that I had more reason to play games than my female counterparts.
Until Next Time