There are men who refuse “chivalrous” acts from a woman, such as refusing to walk through a door that a woman holds open for them, while believing that it is rude for a woman to exercise the same right to refuse.
Women can’t express anger without the very real fear of being accused of “hysterics” or being “shrill”.
Women get scolded for “un-ladylike” behaviour: using coarse language, talking frankly about sex or other “impolite” topics, confidently voicing one’s dissenting opinion, etc.
People continue to believe and perpetuate gender essentialism based on bad science or using actual studies to “prove” the innateness of gender roles when the study itself supports no such thing.
For same-sex couples, people think it is okay to ask “who’s the woman/man of the couple?”
Women are seen as the “gatekeepers” to morality/sexuality, charged with the duty of fending off the advances of men. If they fail then they were “asking for” it and/or are “damaged goods”. Their clothing/actions will always be questioned to see if they were “leading on” the man at all.
Men are seen as “beasts” who are unable to control their “raging hormones” – which absolves them of guilt for “improper” sex (anything from date rape to sex outside of marriage) but also paints them as uncivilized brutes.
In classroom C-230, students and the professor turned to stare at Lépine when he entered. Listen up, he told them. Women to one side of the room, men get out. No one moved until Lépine fired into the ceiling. Then the men left the room. Alone with nine women, Lépine said, “I am here to fight against feminism. That is why I am here.”
This is definitely a bittersweet story. On the one hand, how wonderful is it to see a video game company reaching out to gay teenagers? In a typically straight-male-oriented sector, it’s pretty amazing to see diversity and acceptance championed.
And then we have the comments that have come since the video has been posted and, well, it kind of proves the point, doesn’t it? Bullying is alive and well among video gamers.
But back to the beginning. Electronic Arts is a huge video game company, having brought the world games like “The Sims” and “Dead Space.” In an effort to throw support behind the “It Gets Better” campaign, the company had some gay employees film a video targeting gay youth. EA is the first gaming company to join the campaign and the video itself is pretty effective.
“At one time, a bully actually physically threatened me and put a knife to my neck,” remembers one employee.
That employee probably didn’t expect what happened next. A slew of anti-gay comments have popped up online. It seems that some gamers have little interest in seeing EA stand up for gay rights.
A sample of YouTube comments for your viewing (un)pleasure:
“This video is disgusting, I’m never buying another EA product ever again, [deleted] homosexual agenda. I urge all parents to keep any EA games from their children to prevent them to be AIDS-spreading, Satan-loving scum.”
“Ever bought an EA game? Then you’re a [deleted] FAGGOT.”
“Homos ruined GAMING.”
I’m not so sure how we ruined gaming or, for that matter, how this video even affects anyone who is not LGBT, either positively or negatively. Don’t like it? Don’t watch it. It seems almost too simple, right? For what it is worth, gaming blogs have praised EA. But the comments there have been no less hate-filled.
“If you want equality don’t call attention to yourselves,” writes someone on Kotaku. “Believe it or not you don’t deserve special treatment.”
“Thats disgusting – Time to boycott EA,” wrote another person on GamePro.
Lucky for us, the more time a homophobe spends in his basement playing a video game, the less time he has to go out into the world and torment gay people. Unlucky for us, they can now direct that homophobia and anger at others online.
this is horrible.
Having worked in the middle of GAMER CULTURE there is a lot of this bullshit, more stock is taken in a game series than human rights. Unfortunately there is a long way to go here :/
Now excuse me while I go gay woohoo in Sims3
Edit: Also lol “Special Treatment” = “Getting the same human rights as everyone else” Farrrrrtttttt
“No offense to any gays or lesbians out there, but I’m a strong believer that homosexuality is just a mental or emotional illness that should be cured and should not be given more special attention compared to other people with mental illnesses.”
I fucking lost it. Never visiting Kotaku (well, I already don’t) again.
and just sit in it, and pretend that i am 5 and i don’t have any insecurites, and that it’s ok that i don’t accomplish anything because i am 5 and no one expects anything of me and i have plenty of time. and it would be ok that i don’t socialize well, i am 5 and don’t know better
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