This week New World Notes was inundated with mansplaining gamers who didn't like Iris' entirely non-controversial belief that E3 should have more diversity (starting with gender), and their cascade of patently wrong statements (confidently stated nonetheless) was so thoroughly off-base as to make a response almost impossible. Fortunately, a much smarter gamer dude who goes by the name Aracdia Codesmith came along, and recounted his experience with one of these mansplainers in the wild:
I had this discussion just yesterday with a young man who confidently asserted that 95% of gamers are male. When I provided the real figure (about 55% and shrinking), he blustered that he meant that 95% of "real" gamers were male. I helpfully corrected him with a breakdown of just how many women were playing "real" games like Call of Duty and consoles, the surprising representation of women in guild leadership positions in MMOs, and the astonishing growth of the demographic over a very short period of time across ALL genres of gaming. He started flailing around pathetically, with no evidence, that women console players were all playing Wii and the statistics didn't matter anyway -- since they were a minority, they didn't have any right to comment, I guess. Then he threw in a slam at Andrea Dworkin and I knew what species of mouth-breathing Australopithecus I was dealing with, and I knew he lacked the brain capacity to learn and change, so I bowed out.
And here comes Codesmith's killing blow:
Let me be blunt about this: anybody who thinks gaming is a white male thing at this point in history is being deliberately obtuse. The boys' club was NEVER 100% boys, and it's just going to get less and less so.
This is true. Though I do disagree with Mr. Codesmith on one point: The reason why young men confidently assert that 95% of gamers are male is because other male gamers who know better don't set them straight. Someone that far in the dark is not going to listen to a knowledgeable woman like Anita Sarkeesian (because of, you know, that whole hating and fearing women thing). So it's the duty of men who respect women and support women gamers to step up and confront ignorance like this, and make the facts plain.
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