stubby wrote:To that I say (a) choosing one thing over another isn't a choice when both the one things and the others are all the same thing. Walmart doesn't stock the non-Chad-Penishaver products, and less than 10% of the U.S. / 5% of Europe is on Steam. And (b), women consumers get hounded out the same as women creators.
That's what I'm saying though - Walmart and lamestream media isn't
the only choice in 21st-century America. I can get all sorts of exotic, indie content without ever leaving the house. It's like how when people say "there's no good music being made anymore", it's code for "I haven't figured out how to use Pandora". We as a society have an unprecedented level of access to content-custom-fitted to our desires, communities comprised of all the fellow eccentrics that share our weird hobbies (like this site), and ability to on-the-cheap create and both content and communities centered around our interests. Nobody is pointing a gun to our heads and making
us watch Michael Bay flicks, play CoD, or listen to Beiber. Following the lamestream isn't even required to have something to talk to with friends. Sure, you may miss out on the nuances of the water-cooler convo about last night's thrilling game of sportsball, but so many of us are into nerdy hobbies these days, and if you can't find a real-life person with whom to discuss your retro-spacepunk-RPG-fanfic, you can certainly find such friends online.
stubby wrote:Ask your friends what happens to them in online games when the other players find out they're women.
What happened to women when they stood up for the right to vote? Those suffragists faced real physical violence from the institution, not "internet tough-guys" jerking off in their mom's basements. Those heroines weathered the storm, and made their voices be head louder than those of the haters.
The fight for what's rightfully yours doesn't come easy. I'm of Jewish descent, and nearly every holiday of my people revolves around narrowly escaping genocide. The Holocaust threatened drive us to extinction, and that was the last straw. In response, Israel reformed as a nation of warriors that take shit from no-one, and bigots mess with it at their own peril.
Just because I'm a white, male, heterosexual, etc doesn't mean I never faced persecution for being different. For the first several years after I came to this country, I lived in a rural area, where the local xenophobic rednecks didn't appreciate a foreigner, an immigrant in their midst, starting fights and saying things like "go back to Russia!". Those that voiced this nationalistic opinion to my face got my fist in theirs. I refused to be the victim, refused to allow the bigots to feel strong in their hateful position. I paid for that righteous retribution with many entanglement with the authorities, but I don't regret it - I gave those foolish enough to look down on me exactly what they had coming.
stubby wrote:What does that tell you about the options on the table? If you hate the guy in office, but you're stuck with him because the only other option on the ballot is even worse, the problem isn't that the voting public is stupid. It's that the political duopoly prevents us from having real options.
Or perhaps that a 3rd option doesn't get chosen because people get lulled into thinking "well, I don't like this party, but I really hate the other one, and if I vote independent, then my vote will be wasted." So they end up voting not for who they like, but against the one they hate. And then if enough people think that, then of course, the 3rd option never gets chosen, and the public enforces the dualism by not daring to be different.
Real-life 1st-hand example: I'm a
libertarian. After seeing the evils that unchecked government power wrought in my native Russia, I never much had a need for pompous fools in suits telling people what to do. I supported Ron Paul back when he was still in politics. Even though I didn't completely agree with all his ideas, I felt that overall he was on the right track, and as a fellow USAF veteran, I had a great deal of personal and professional respect for the man. I made no secret of voting for him in the last election (this was the fist one I could vote in after I had become a naturalized US citizen). I have no confidence in Obama, and I didn't think that Romney could do a better job.
Anyway, so a former acquaintance of mine on facebook (back when I had a fb), was all like "but if you vote for RP, then you'll have thrown your vote away - you need to vote for Romney, even if you don't much like him, because you don't want Obama to win, do you?" I replied "no, but I don't care for Romney either. Why don't you
vote for RP?" His idiotic reply "Uh, why would I do that?" And then he rage-quit the discussion. Our acquaintanceship ended shortly thereafter.
And then there are all the people who say "well, the system is broken beyond repair, so I'm not gonna bother with voting". These perpetuate the problem too, through inaction. Coming from a country that was choked in the tyrannical grip of communism for over half a century, where my kin still
have not had a proper election, I am appalled at this American apathy and taking your precious democracy that you claim to so dearly value for granted, even as there's so much support to export it everywhere else.
"Here you go, needy people of the world - we got tired of playing with this old toy, so we're handing it down to you. It may be a little broken."/sarcasm
stubby wrote:Yeah, BioWare games are my favorites, but even I would never claim that any of them were games about female protagonists. They're games about generic protagonists. You might as well be playing as a rectangle with options for different colored polka dots.
And that's the beauty of it - your character can be whoever you
want them to be - nobody has to feel alienated.