Debugging the Video Game Industry, Part 2.5–Quick definition of Feminism…


fem·i·nism (ˈfeməˌnizəm/)

noun

1.   the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

fem·i·nist (ˈfemənəst/)

noun

a person who supports feminism.

adjective

of, relating to, or supporting feminism.

mi·sog·y·nist (məˈsäjənəst/)

noun: misogynist; plural noun: misogynists

a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women. synonyms: woman-hater; antifeminist, (male) chauvinist, sexist, hater;informal: male chauvinist pig

adjective: misogynist

If you think that a woman should be treated with the same respect, opportunities, rights and privileges a man has, then you are a person who supports feminism, and more effectively Gender Equality (i.e. a feminist).

If you think that a woman’s place is always in the home, never getting a job, should never be paid a salary or wage equal to a man, and should never have the same rights and opportunities as her male counterpart, or you basically just straight up hate women, then you are not a feminist, and you don’t support feminism (misogynist).

If you are, and prefer to stay neutral in this discussion (neither for or against feminism), that’s ok. Most likely, you just want to stay out of the argument altogether – and that’s fine too.

If it looks and sounds simple, it’s because it is. Feminism is a social movement. It’s an issue that must be solved at the social level. It’s not the charge of the gamers, publishers, reviewers, developers and the fans of The Video Game Industry, to solve this social dilemma. Keep it at the social level – leave the video games and the people who play them out of it.

It’s not our fight. Let us enjoy making, playing, reviewing, discussing and complaining about Video games. That’s what we are all about.

Part 3 of the “Debugging the Video Game Industry” series is a work in progress as of this posting…right after a quick play of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth.

Laters

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