Feminism versus Facts (Damsel in distress)

Discussion in 'Gaming Discussion' started by Geoff, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. Geoff

    Geoff Sir "Let's Play"

    From the description real quick:

    In this video I take to task Feminist Frequencys latest video on 'Tropes vs women: the damsel in distress'

    I have two main problems with her video, the first is the way she takes a very, VERY natural response, like wanting to protect your loved ones, as for instance a damsel in distress, and turns this into objectifying the damsel in distress. This is simply bollox. Most people are perfectly capable of wanting to protect a loved one without thinking of them as an object.

    Secondly is turning the games industry into some patriarchal conspiracy out to subjugate and objectify women. This is simply delusional, the games industry only cares about turning a profit, which it does by turning out fun games that people like to play.

    I also find it rather weak that she holds up the 'pity shield' and adopts professional victimhood as seen in her ted talk. The conspiracy she paints is pretty paranoid. The reality is, pretty much everyone who wildly expresses an controversial opinion forcefully on the internet gets hatemail. In Anitas case, I think the majority of hatemail she got was simply because she was talking bollox. Thats always kinda a button issue on the internet!

    I was originally staying away from this video because I got bored of Thunderf00t's feminism vids. They were dull. But this one had to be seen.
  2. Barbarossa_5

    Barbarossa_5 Achievement Hunter

    Not that I agree with many of the points Tropes vs Women uses, this:
    oversimplifies things. Yes, the industry is concerned primarily with turning a profit, but it is a common tactic to use sex to sell.

    That said, since the target demographic tends to be early/pre teen to early twenty something males, I never understood why people would act surprised that such a marketing tactic is used.
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