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I'm really starting to wonder why I bother posting on the GameFAQs forums. - helen-louise
I'm really starting to wonder why I bother posting on the GameFAQs forums.
Look what happened in the middle of this thread!

Honestly, I could weep, but not for myself - I've had decades to get used to misogyny in geek venues. No - I'd be weeping for all the 14 year old girls on the forum who have to put up with constant dick & rape jokes (not least of all, people referring to "being raped" when they are killed in the game by an overpowered enemy), and then are told that their gender doesn't even matter.

Oh yes, and in case it isn't obvious - the last thing that'll help here is anyone I know registering a new account and rushing to my defense. I don't need defending from idiots!

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maniackatie From: maniackatie Date: 19th April 2012 16:26 (UTC) (Link)
And that is precisely why I will never set foot near GameFAQs forums. Then again, I'd never consider posting on IGNs either for similar reasons. ;x

Edited at 2012-04-19 16:27 (UTC)
clawfoot From: clawfoot Date: 19th April 2012 16:59 (UTC) (Link)
I think the "gender doesn't matter" idea comes from the same place as the "I'm colourblind and don't even NOTICE race" idea does. In that it actually does come from a place of wanting to be good, but it is in actuality a deeply flawed idea that does much more harm than good.
baratron From: baratron Date: 19th April 2012 17:24 (UTC) (Link)
Yup, because one of the people who made a big point of saying "no one cares if you're a girl" also said "I believe in gender equality"!

Believing in equality is not a free pass for ignoring differences in culture or socialization!

If I wanted to be an asshole I could, of course, go round referring to every other poster on the board as "she" & seeing how much they liked it. But I'm really not that type of vindictive.
submarine_bells From: submarine_bells Date: 19th April 2012 23:12 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, unmoderated netforums tend to be a bit of a cesspit; even more so when it's gaming-related and all the 13-year-old boys (be they actually 13 or just mentally 13) feel the urge to dick-wave loudly and obnoxiously. Sorry you had to deal with that.
micheinnz From: micheinnz Date: 1st May 2012 07:26 (UTC) (Link)
Sadly, that doesn't surprise me at all.
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