I really just want to comment on some of the responses to the whole Jade Raymond kerfuffle that I’ve read. Most of the people I’ve read so far have pretty much been on the same side as I am, including a gentleman I met while ranting about this at my local comic shop, who works in the videogame industry. He commented that if Ms. Raymond is working at Ubisoft, then she’s obviously good at what she does. And sir, if you read this, please feel free to comment and let me know if I may use your name.
The first response I’d like to comment on is: “She should just expect something like this.”
Why? Because she’s a woman? Someone somewhere asked if people would be white knighting a guy like this. The response they got was, “If she was a guy, THIS wouldn’t have happened.” And it’s true.
One of my first articles was the “Bad Gamer Archetypes: The Guy Edition.” Don’t go wadding your knickers over that, because the next column was the Girl Edition. But anyway, in that column two of the types of Bad Gamer Archetypes I talk about are: “Plays His Sexual Fantasies Guy” and “Does Brutal Shit to Plays His Sexual Fantasies Guy’s Character Guy.” In the latter entry, I talk about how the most disturbing thing about the entire situation was not that the second guy spent long periods of time lovingly describing this horrible, brutal, terrible, fucked up sexual violence his character was perpetrating on the first guy’s character, but rather that it didn’t bother the first guy at all. It was almost like, “Well, yeah, that’s what happens to hot chicks.”
Do I have to tell you why this is fucked up on so many levels? Do I?
So, Jade Raymond should just expect this crap because, “Well, that’s just what happens to hot chicks?” By doing her job she should just expect doucheclams to draw pornographic cartoons of her. Because she’s doing her job?
Faith in humanity… sinking…
Another variation on this theme is, “Well, until guys stop wanting sex and women stop knowing that guys want sex…” OMG! How many ways is this fucked up?
1. Hey, maybe women want sex, too.
2. Wanting sex is not the same thing as being a sexist prick.
3. How is a woman who is dressed fairly conservatively and talking solely about her JOB using sex to sell videogames?
4. Did you hear that? My head just exploded all over everything.
Seriously guys, do you not know how self-loathing you sound when you say shit like this? “Urg want pussy, not able control self around pussy… do anything get pussy.”
Do you really think that poorly of yourself and all other men?
And people say Feminists hate men…
The other response I’m seeing a lot of is the “If people wouldn’t talk about it, it would go away.”
Until the next time, and the next time, and the next time… Yeah sure, AssBoy McDouchehound* is getting a bunch of free press out of this. But if we say nothing, that gives a tacit acceptance of what he’s doing.
It’s like this, how many of you were bullied in school? I’m guessing there’s a lot of hands up out there right now, given the audience. I know I was.
Now, how many of you got the “Just ignore them and they’ll go away” advice from your parents? Probably many of those hands still up.
Now, for how many of you did that actually work? Lots fewer hands I’m guessing. I know it didn’t work for me, it just made them escalate until they could get a rise out of me, as in escalating to physical violence, like hitting me with a car.
Ignoring these idiots doesn’t work. Just like ignoring bullies, doesn’t work. It’s like potty training a puppy, if you don’t rub its nose in it, it won’t understand piddling on the carpet is wrong. Granted, after reading his response, I’m guessing the puppy is more capable of learning, but hope springs eternal.
*The really mean part of me wants to find a picture of him so I can draw a cartoon of him sucking off guys for readership, and see how he likes it. But I will not sink to that level… And I don’t draw that well.