Monday, January 14, 2013

A Male-Dominated Space

Browse any public library's magazine racks, and you will be inundated with visual images that commodify women. These images for public consumption might be tame compared to pornography, but they send the same message.

While pornography is in theory regulated to exclude minors from ingesting the warped values that degrade women, video games now provide a venue for males of all ages to indulge in virtual abuse of females without the social sanction associated with strip clubs and brothels. In fact, the industry has become a hotbed of misogynistic culture, what media critic Anita Sarkeesian calls bluntly, "a male-dominated space."

In this video, Sarkeesian describes the culture of sexism in the American video gaming industry, and her experience with a cyber mob campaign by participants in this industry to silence her.


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