In our December discussion of Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, I mentioned Arthur Chu’s 2014 essay, “Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement and Nerds,” so I thought I would share it here. I think it’s a great piece on how the combination of feeling alienated from mainstream culture and the idea that figuring out certain rules/tricks will win you women in real life, just as it does in video games, can contribute to misogyny in geek culture.
I’m also linking to Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs. Women, her video series on the portrayal of women in video games. As a result of producing this series, Sarkeesian has been the constant target of online abuse, which regularly spills over into her “real” life. You can see some of the abuse for yourself if you click through to the video link above…along the side of that page, YouTube will suggest several “related” videos it thinks you might be interested in, many of which are responses that accuse Sarkeesian of lying and any number of other things. You will notice that comments have been disabled on the Tropes vs. Women video itself, after extensive abuse issued in that format.
Let me know what you think!