Education means to lead out of not knowing to knowing. Women in video games (and in general) have been treated Inferior and or Object of Sexual desire. It’s a reoccurring theme in history and media. Education of this problem can lead to Gender Equality and overall acceptance of others and their differences.
Female Oppression has been around in one form or another. In the earliest civilizations sex was seen as sinful some men felt animosity toward women who provoked their sexual desires. Female oppression stems from when women were considered a property or commodity. In parts of the Middle East women are still seen as property. (1)
In the earliest video games women were seen as “Damsels in Distress” or objects. Occasionally women are still portrayed as weaker, sexual objects, or carbon copies of established male characters. In more recent years, games have been more open to the idea of” girl gamers ”by including more Playable Female Characters in videogames, but in an ensemble cast there is often a small handful of playable female characters, that are often oversexualized (Armor/Clothing, Body Figure) (2,4)
There are no easy solutions to this ongoing problem, but there are possible solutions, like including more women into the creative process. Some have proposed “Equal Opportunity Sexual Objectification” as a possible solution (Mostly as a Joke). But others have suggested a more diverse range of Playable Female Characters (Body type, ethnicity and background). Anita Sarkeesan has been at the forefront of gender equality in media, she has a web series, “Tropes vs Women” out lining the reoccurring tropes against women in media. (2,3,4)
Unfortunately this seems to be an ongoing problem that has no clear cut answer, but as long there are people shining a light to this problem, it will start a conversation about gender equality and how people should be viewed and/or portrayed. In the end People should be treated as equals regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. (3)
In today’s society, we live in a world of complex issues. We are facing the difficult decisions in every day life’s tribulations. In particular, America has been plagued by prejudice and discrimination.
Oppression has been defined as the following:
*It is institutional power that is historically formed and perpetuated over time;
*It allows certain “groups” of people to assume a dominate position over “other groups” and this dominance is maintained and continued at an institutional level.
This means discrimination is built into the branches of government and education systems.
In the last two hundred years, great strides have been made in order to create equality amongst the many different minorities that inhabit our great country. Periods such as the Civil rights movement have been successful in reducing the amount of oppression, but have failed in creating equality for all races. For example, white Americans’ still have the overwhelming control of all aspects of our society.
So in conclusion, racial oppression has played a major role in shaping America today. Although progress has been made to eradicate this from society it still remains one of the most important issues today. Only through education and informing the public can we totally overcome this atrocity.
Edmund S. Evensen
Resources: The Washington post.com, Power, Privilege, and OppressionIgnite.com, What states can do to stop racial discrimination by Hans A. Von Spakovsky and Roger Clegg.