A lot of guys are sick of women (and men) bitching about inequality. They think it’s overdone, people should just get over it, etc. They think that talking about it won’t make it go away. When one of Leigh Alexander’s many posts went up on Kotaku, many of the comments said things like “stop labeling yourself as a minority and it won’t matter anymore.”
Because pretending you’re a guy while you’re playing games works really well. Hiding who you are is obviously the best solution. Yep. You should just turn your mic off (like many women do) and play silently.
A lot of people also said that writing about it wouldn’t solve anything. Complaining is stupid, yadda yadda. Find a solution.
So to those of you who think that writing about problems doesn’t solve them, I have a request to ask of you. The first part has nothing to do with actually addressing the issue, you will simply not be adding to it. The second part actually involves making a change.
Stop calling people the following:
- nigger (or nigga, even if you think that makes it okay in the slightest, it’s still disgusting)
- any racist/sexist/homophobic terms/slurs
- Call people out on bullying and name calling. Let them know it is not okay.
- Don’t argue for the right to be sexist/homophobic/racist/prejudiced. While it is your right (in many places, at least) it takes away from the rights of others. We should all be able to play games without being called names like that. Our sex/race/sexuality does not affect how well we play games. Don’t joke about rape, either. If you see/hear someone doing it, ask them to stop.