photosetApr 20, 2014 4:31 pm
Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception).
Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularly, how do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them?
— Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format.
quoteApr 19, 2014 2:53 pm
"Consider the results from a 2013 study of more than 24,000 students from 22 different American colleges. When asked if they’d lose respect for a man or a woman who “hooked up a lot,” 28 percent of men said “yes” for a woman but “no” for a man. (Only 4 percent of women said the same thing.) Another 2013 study of almost 8,000 students at a Midwestern university arrived at a similar conclusion: Both men and women disapproved more of a woman who had casual sex (defined as sex with someone whom they’ve known for less than one month) than of a man. Even more interestingly, these studies reveal that guys who seek out casual sex are the ones who are more likely to disrespect females with the same interest. For example, in one study referenced, each additional hookup reported was associated with a 4 percent increase in the odds of men holding the double standard (while the opposite was true of women). To put it another way, “sluttier” men are more likely to slut-shame women—or at least, hold negative views toward women whose promiscuity approximates their own. This not only exposes a serious hypocrisy, but it seems counterproductive: Disrespecting women on whom your casual sex depends can only lower your chances of finding willing partners in the future, right? So why would slutty guys feel this way?"
photosetApr 19, 2014 11:37 am
videoApr 16, 2014 11:37 am
If you want someone to stop talking about a problem, maybe it’s a better idea to help address that problem rather than telling them you don’t want to hear about it anymore. Just maybe.
textApr 15, 2014 6:07 pm
videoApr 14, 2014 6:07 pm
photoApr 03, 2014 9:09 pm
quoteApr 03, 2014 3:34 pm
"Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’"
photoApr 01, 2014 7:17 pm
photoApr 01, 2014 12:54 pm
[Four panel comic by cardboard-crack.com showing two characters.
Woman: Even though the Magic community has made progess in recent years, there are still problem swith sexism and stores that aren’t friendly to women.
But as players we can make a big difference by letting people know what’s not okay, and calling out questionable behavior.
Man: Jeez! Can’t I just have fun playing a game without having to deal with these social issues?!
Woman: That’s the same thing I’m asking for.]
I hope cardboard crack never ends.