This video is slightly NSFW.
You know what’s fun? Playing games online. You know what’s not fun? The part where you have to interact with online gamers. And as the ladies and gentlemen of Controller Freaks explain, when you’re gaming while a woman, it just gets worse.
“Anonymity makes people horrible to one another,” says comedian Heather Campbell. She and the other comedians and actresses here note that no matter how fun the match was, no matter how well they did, some juvenile player can’t help but hurl verbal sexual assault their way. Because video games.
Not only that, but as actor Echo Kellum points out, the offline experience might not be great for half of the gaming populace thanks to hypersexualized female characters who serve no other purpose than to add a little grit or titillation to the world.
Before you go rushing to say, “Hey, it’s just escapism, man,” as Adi Robertson observed, if all of your escapist fantasies require women being brutalized or marginalized, you might want to think about what you’re escaping from.
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