In the increasingly politically correct wasteland we call gaming, one common argument from social justice warriors is that video games train men to be sexist. Everywhere from Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and beyond, SJWs are claiming that video games teach men to objectify women. Never mind the fact that despite their feeeeeelings, there is no actual link between sexism and playing video games. I’m sure that Feminist Frequency would have gotten around to using that “research” money to prove that, but that would require actual work and objectivity.
Despite these facts, SJWs still want to make the claim that video games make us objectify women, and that in turn dehumanizes them and then we translate that to real women and then get upset and degrade/abuse/rape them when they don’t do what we want because of… science? Actually, no: there is absolutely no science or even clinical studies to prove this. In fact, as Scientific American points out, objectifying and dehumanization aren’t even linked. Drooling over a scantily-clad women doesn’t mean you are objectifying her either. Another win for science trumping feelings!
Here’s Why It Doesn’t Matter
You know what’s funny, though? Why does it matter if I am objectifying a female character in a video game?
Seriously, what’s the big deal? They’re not real people! Sorry to burst everyone’s bubble, but Lara Croft is not based off a real woman. These are fantasy characters created using software and hardware that generate a virtual experience on your screen. Out of all the mediums featuring over-sexualized women (and men), video games should be the least problematic for social justice warriors. There is Internet porn that features real women (gasp) and a major blockbuster that’s all about kinky sex (50 Shades of Grey) and… that’s it, that’s the whole movie.
So, why should fake women who’ve been made to be the pinnacle of beauty and sensuality not be objectified? What crime is there to dehumanize a non-living thing? Nobody screams about Leon Kennedy getting his head chainsawed off (okay, I screamed the first time it happened), and that’s pretty graphic! How is my Sims’ character having big boobs any worse?
Video Games And Female Jealousy
This may come as a surprise to a few gentlemen—and maybe even a few ladies—but apparently, women get jealous easily. I know, I was shocked to discover this as well. It seems that women are constantly in a state of competition, and as a man I don’t envy them; their lifestyle sounds exhausting. But look at this “question” that was asked by a woman about her boyfriend and his pseudo-attraction to female video game characters:
In case you didn’t take the twenty seconds to read that screenshot, that woman is jealous of pixelated fantasy characters. These are the kinds of people we are now starting to hand over the game industry to. These are women who want to be a part of the video game experience because in their minds these hot, sexy, confident and capable women are somehow taking away their man’s affection towards them. It’s so ridiculous and yet so painfully true.
Can you imagine being so insecure that Miranda Lawson from Mass Effect makes you reevaluate your standing with your significant other? That would be like a man being jealous about a woman’s crush on Harry Potter. Yes, some women do have a crush on the literary character, but I’m not jealous about it, because I have self-worth and a grip on reality. It seems that some women do not, and something tells me far too many people are listening to these types of women right now.
Just Let Us Have Fun
Do men come into Zara and slap the shopping bags out of ladies’ hands and then complain that the male models are too muscular? No! Because any man who did that is petty, beta and probably a psycho (and you should leave him). Men don’t do shit like this because we understand that women have their activities. Go have your spa day, go see Magic Mike: we don’t care!
But why do men have to now play games with more realistic women in them? Why can’t we objectify Tina Armstrong’s big rack, but you can giggle and squeal every time Hugh Jackman comes on screen? How come it’s perverse and disgusting when I stroke it to Ivy Valentine’s grunt and moan audio tracks, but it’s feminist to finger yourself to a romance novel on tape?
Its perfectly fine for men to objectify video game women because they don’t have real feelings, they don’t think and they don’t have any awareness that they are a computer program. So yes, after using science to show that objectification is not even a big deal, I’m also using ethos to declare that it’s not a bad thing if a man (or woman) says “You know, the new Lara Croft has a great ass. No more pancake booty.” Or “Where the hell did Sonya Blade’s big watermelon tits go?” Go ahead and do it gamers, it’s not hurting anyone except folks who are already petty and insecure. And screw those people because they’d be bothered by you staring at a white wall for too long.
The next time someone criticizes you for objectifying a female character, just say “So what?” if they try and come back with a snarky reply, just tell them, “They’re not real. I’m playing a game where a magical sword with a living soul inside it can possess people and you think a woman’s chest is too big? Get a grip!” It probably won’t work, but no answer you give will, so don’t worry about it. Besides, you can’t help but objectify these girls; it’s just science.
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