Last week's post from Iris complaining about Xbox One's sexist advertising campaign provoked a lot of comments, including one from a reader who suggested that the sexism of gamers shouldn't be changed, because it's part of their community's established culture. Which in turn generated this great response from grad student Austin Walker (his cool website here), who eloquently explained why we can and should change gamer culture for the better:
"There's a lot of ways to tackle your beef. We could talk about how communities are always-already fluid, unstable things that grow and change. Or about we could have the debate about whether or not, in fact, there are times when we absolutely SHOULD try to rebuild some communities from the ground up.
"But we don't actually need to have those conversations, because there's a more fundamental problem with your premise. In your thesis, women -- and presumably others like ethnic minorities and LGBTQ individuals? -- should accept the social rules and standards of 'gamers.' When in Rome, you say, they should act like Romans do. Problem is they were in Rome all along, dawg."
Here's the problem with seeing gamer culture as a guys-only club: