You can say I am kind of a feminist and also in some way a Gamer, so I was really excited when I found out about a video series, only dedicated to show the portraying of women in video games. This video series was “The Damsels and Distress”.
First I was shocked by her facts. I never thought about this before. “Sexism in Gaming – What is that?” I concentrated myself more on the gameplay than the stereotypical “I have to save my girlfriend” plot.
“It Is Not Sexism Against Women!”
I were blind to believe everything what she said, very, very blind. I even wrote two positive articles about it. For my defense: When somebody raises more than 150k on a kickstarter project to create such a web series, I really thought she would be trustworthy.
That was until I saw a video from MrRepzion on YouTube. In his 57min long video he refutes – more or less – everything she stated in her video “Damsels and Distress Part II” and most importantly underlines that the most things she has shown aren’t sexist against women.
She uses these allegedly “sexist” game scenes without context or simply over or miss interprets them. Her presentation seems completely unemotional, with over the top words and for someone who set it to their goal to “attract more attention to this topic”, she very much seems like she doesn’t care about it at all. But watch his video to get a better view on it.
Part III Is Even Worse
In my opinion Part III tops it all in stupidities. There she talks about how bad ironic games and their stereotypical saving of a female protagonist are. She mentions DLC quest in her list, the only game I have played she mentions.
And I thought: “WTF?!” This game is everything BUT sexist. It clearly parodies these clichés, even the game itself states this. You really start thinking, that this woman never played any of these games she mentions.
What Is She Doing With The Money?
With her completely not well researched material I’m wondering for what she specifically needed as much money? Maybe she really needs as much money? But this would be unrealistic! I can’t really find an answer to this … and probably don’t want to.
Long Story Short
I shouldn’t trust all allegedly feminists and be as blind as I was. And yes, I still count myself as a feminist. I know, that there are some problems with the portraying of women in gaming, but definitely not as huge as she thinks they are.