I've been trying for the longest time to pinpoint just what was bothering me about the strong rise of "feminist" culture in gaming and internet culture. I mean, I'm pretty gay, so it really shouldn't affect me right?
It's not the pursuit of power. Pursuing power is.. pure in a way. to me. Every being should seek to both gain and understand. The feminist movement is not seeking equality with males, but to have power over males. And that does not bug me. In a way, females have always had a subtle hold over males.
It's not the fanaticism in which it is pursued. Mountains do not move in a man's lifespan through subtle means. It takes revolution, and fanaticism, to shout the mountains aside. It is easy to forget that a short time ago, the idea of a colored man voting was considered fanatical.
It's not the idea of strong women. Samus is a strong woman, And her appeal to me isn't "sexy." Oprah is a strong woman, who can shift politics through her word alone. No, woman in power has no more affect on me then a man, a dog, or a cup of tea in power.
Then I realized. It hit me. One of the goals of this new-age "feminist" movement is the restriction of sexuality. I'll share an exchange.
* What about gay porn?
* It hurts women, too.
* How? How can it possibly hurt women? It's males, shot for the pleasure of males.
* It promotes porn, It promotes an environment of sexuality, and that is not the kind of environment woman are comfortable with.
( A name was removed and some spelling errors were corrected. Two words were swapped with synonyms to protect anonymity. If this exchange is with you, please do not reveal it as with you.)
And while that exchange is anecdotal evidence, there is.. quite a bit that suggest the new feminist movement desires a restriction of sexuality. Re-read some of the feminist articals in the failure we call "Game Journalism" and take a good look. It's disturbing.. the movement as it has been has always been disturbing to me, of course, but now that I can pinpoint why it is, I am not sure if it eases or embiggins* my disturbance at the movement.
I want it to end, because it really is having an affect on the decisions in games today. But it won't end. It has begun, and has gained momentum. It is gaining hits on blogs and news sites, bringing in advertising money. It is a loud voice among the scattered "gaming" culture and one of the few voices that executives with heads in the ass can hear through the flesh of their colon.
It won't end, and there is nothing we can do to end it, because of the nature of the problem. Se we will simply wait for this to blow over, to have it's synthesis, and then continue on with life. Of course.. independents and modders will always have the truest power over gaming.
* Remember when the Simpsons was good?
5 years, 11 months ago
28 Apr 2013 07:59 CEST