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we’ve taught girls to romanticise nearly everything a boy does. when i was younger i thought it was cute that boys chased the girl even after she said no. i loved it when after a girl moved away from a kiss, the guy would pull her back and force it on. i thought a guy saying ‘i won’t take a no for an answer’ was passionate and romantic. we’re literally always teaching girls to romanticise abusive traits.
Are you joking???
Edit: I’m trying to get through one of his videos “deconstructing” an Anita Sarkeesian video and he’s refuting research that people internalize effects of violent video games by saying that since there was no rise in homicide rates that games have zero effect on people’s psyche?? Because homicide rates are clearly the only measure of the effects of violence in media and assault/rape/abuse statistics don’t factor in at all. And let’s not even look at psychological effects.
This has been researched for a long time and what was found is that video games actually provide a form of “stress relief”, reducing violent behavior, rape, assault and abuse included. Anita’s ideas have been propagated since the 90’s, when it was trendy to paint violent video games in a negative light. This was back before they had the ESRB rating system and has been talked about ever since Mortal Kombat 1 (which was either the first ultra-gorey video game ever made or close to it) was released for the Sega Genesis. Back in that era, video games were mostly innocent and cartoonish: http://youtu.be/PuwJLhSM_FY
Really because we studied this in a psychology course I took and the “stress relief” effect is false. Engaging in aggressive behaviors (either in video games or through sports) only increases a tendency for more aggressive behavior.
Plus, when did Anita Sarkeesian ever call for the banning of games or claim that they directly caused violence? The whole “video games don’t directly cause violence” argument sets an absurdly low bar for something gamers supposedly love and consider art .
As a cultural critic, Anita Sarkeesian is examining video games and how they exist within and may contribute to a larger culture that has a huge problem with gendered and sexual violence. If anything Sarkeesian is taking video games seriously in a way that so-called gamers have been calling for for ages. She’s critically deconstructing them on more than a superficial level, much like someone would treat traditional art or literature. If video games want to be respected as an art form, they need to welcome the same kind of scrutiny. You don’t see people sending death and rape threats when someone publishes a new critical essay examining an Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem through a feminist lens. Then why does it happen time and time again with video games?
None of these people criticizing Sarkeesian ever address her actual criticism, or respect or acknowledge her enough to even realize what she’s doing. They can’t look past their own, petty, misogynist anger to realize there’s an established precedent for this type of criticism. I mean seriously, if you’re ever on the same side of an issue as the people sending death and rape threats, you should really reconsider your position.