Time-Out for Sexism in Gaming
Written by Nour on 08 November 2012 at 22:13

Gender bias in gaming. A conception that might seem rather stupid than serious, yet it succeeds in pointing out one of the most controversial topics in the history of gaming.

In this column discussion, we’ve documented some of the chat done by my friend Sarah and me with our psychology professor. We talk about the complex relationship between women and video games...

Time-Out for Sexism in Gaming

Sarah: I’m a gamer, a skilled one. I’ve been playing games since I was a toddler; it has been and always will be my passion.

 

Prof. Joseph: Being a female gamer isn’t anything you should be hassled about.

 

Sarah: I’m aware of that, but it’s not like I can control it. Sure, I can play without a mic and act as if I’m a normal male dude, but the second other gamers hear your voice, get ready for some infuriating pestering.

 

Prof. Joseph: Sexism is a very knotty topic, but can’t you just steer clear from all that mess and keep your gender off the record?


Sarah: I do, but sometimes you have to. For example, that one time I was applying for a guild and...

 

Prof. Joseph: A what?

 

Sarah: A clan. A group of players in one team.


Prof. Joseph: Carry on.

 

Sarah: I wanted to apply to one of those, one of the requirements was to have a mic and do some sort of interview with the guild leader. Basically, when the person on the other end hears my voice he considers two possibilities…

One, he assumes I’m an 8 years old male gamer. The discussion usually ends right there, and I’m left alone on the chat saying “Hello?” “Hello?” till I realize I’ve been disconnected and to my surprise blocked.

The other and most common assumption is that I’m a girl. This usually results in hysterical laughter followed by some really lame kitchen jokes. And as always I find myself alone in the chat room.

Now my question is: Why? Why can’t I play as a normal person, why do I have to suffer these absurd and nonsensical comments?



Prof Joseph: Unfortunately, sexism is very common in online games, there’re some deterrents you can make – to a certain degree of course – to prevent these lowlifes from bothering you. Yet it won’t end the problem.


Me: Yes, sexism has been around for quite a while. But usually it’s viciously driven off in most fields. Why has it remained in gaming?

 

Prof. Joseph: There’re no restrictions.


Sarah: Getting banned seems like a practical one..


Prof. Joseph:
Correct, but I mean physical restrictions. What would happen if sexism is done on the streets? Jail time.

But online? You’re hiding behind your computer screen; technically, you’re not doing anything illegal.

 

Me: One last question, kinda unrelated to the topic but, why do people actually create fake female accounts?

Sarah: No offense, you males make yourselves look bad. You don't really need any help in that department from us gals.

Prof. Joseph: I’ll stand by what Sarah is saying; that’s a very complicated matter to discuss, so let us just leave it to that.

Me: Thank you for your time.

The discussion went on for another good twenty minutes, but we only documented the hot topics.

As a verdict I’d say that there is something you can really do to make those immature comments stop. I’m not suggesting cropping an image in a certain way is going to stomp out sexism in games overnight, but let’s at least start somewhere.



Were you ever one of them? What’s your experience of sexism in gaming? Share with us in the comments below.

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I really don't understand sexism. Never liked it and never agreed to it. Men and women have equal rights, just because they look a bit different does not mean women should be treated like a bag of rocks. BTW I am a man.

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I don't understand people that don't wanna play with females. I know many girls that play games :)

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Oratane
19:49 Nov-13-2012

So…. what are their steam names again? =D

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Oratane STOP!

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I wrote the blog so I should get their steam names :P

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NFSwhiplash
03:46 Nov-14-2012

Wait a second, I want their Steam names! Why should you be the only one that gets the gaming chicks? ;)

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hey I want sum luv too

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TheDemontool
07:02 Nov-14-2012

Hey! I'm here too :P

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Oratane
12:03 Nov-14-2012

Lol sorry to kill the vibe but it is off topic so should stop now ;)

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Aren't you the one who started it? :P

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Oratane
12:53 Nov-14-2012

Yeah, but I didn't say carry on =P

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TheDemontool
13:20 Nov-14-2012

How can talking about girls be off topic? :D

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Oratane
13:22 Nov-14-2012

You have a point, so any of you know a gaming female? =D

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Aakarsh23
13:34 Nov-14-2012

I dont mind,female or not I just wanna have fun gaming =)

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Oratane
13:37 Nov-14-2012

Yeah me too =D

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Aakarsh23
13:38 Nov-14-2012

Oh geez gotta edit that :D :D

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NFSwhiplash
01:35 Nov-15-2012

I know a few Oratane ;)

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Oratane
20:24 Nov-15-2012

So…… whisper me? xD

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pic and id!!!111

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i play games with my sisters since most of my friends are not online and am far from town so whenever i feel like playing with some i tell my sisters and show them the controls and we all have fun they really learn fast and great especially races so i think girls should not be discouraged in gaming

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You guys should watch Smosh Game Bang and see how Mari and the guys get along :)

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I don't play much online, so I don't know the matter very well… but I see that my "non-gamers" friends consider playing a kiddish thing, perhaps that is the matter…

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i never played in online

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You're missing allot then :D

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Gamer Girlfriend http://youtu.be/xRYTl2RX-8c

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ivanmanu51
16:50 Nov-11-2012

hahahahaha, awesome! xDDD

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That was hilarious xD

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niiiiiiice!
that man talks waaaaaaay too fast for me (it sucks that I don't have anyone to speak (voicechat, whatever) in english to develop my skillzzz)

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Aakarsh23
12:25 Nov-12-2012

Same here bro,couldnt get most of it until I played it one more time.And it sure is funny :D :D

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TheDemontool
13:49 Nov-12-2012

Since everyone seems to have enjoyed it I'm even more glad that I shared it here :)

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ivanmanu51
14:04 Nov-12-2012

Keep it going like that! ;)

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TheDemontool
16:26 Nov-12-2012

I always share cool videos I find on YT in the shout box :)

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ivanmanu51
20:19 Nov-12-2012

Then I'll be more careful xD

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Guys hate it when chicks kick their ass. I think that's a big reason. On my part, as long as the gamer is good and has my back, I don't care if they are 12 or 40, male or female.

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That's not fair, Sarah always kicks my ass and I have no problem dealing with it :D In only FPS games though.. Anyways, thanks for reading!

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NFSwhiplash
03:54 Nov-13-2012

Lol with friends its different but i think most guys that think they are the hot s*, gets beat by a female makes it tough. Not explaining to you but anyone else that reads this and doesn't quite understand what i'm saying :)

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I agree with you man! I'm a 13 year old myself, too.

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That is pretty sad, first and foremost I am being honest I've played with girls in game's like halo, and have got my a$$ kicked by them, but i never said anything against them at all. They have asked me why I didn't my words were, "Its just a game, nothing wrong with losing against a girl or another guy or even a kid" (though kids are annoying in most games now a days).

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I really don't understand sexism. Boys and girls are different but we should respect each other and each other' rights. Also, playing with girls would be awesome I think especially in first person shooters :)

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Oratane
22:26 Nov-10-2012

I agree totally! =D

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