The war on gamers continues | FACTUAL FEMINIST

The war on gamers continues | FACTUAL FEMINIST


A major humanitarian group has just come out
with a lesson plan for high school students
on sexism in video games. It is full of propaganda,
vilifies gaming and gamers, and is likely
to discourage young women from playing. Does
this matter, or is it all just a game? The
answer: coming up next on the Factual Feminist.
“Is Gaming A Boy’s Club?” is the name
of a school lesson plan developed by the Anti-Defamation
League—ADL for short. The ADL is a well-respected
organization that has fought anti-Semitism
and racism for decades. As a long-time admirer
of the ADL, I am baffled by its sponsorship
of such a biased and dogmatic curriculum.
The lesson plan advertises itself as meeting
standards for inclusion in the Common Core—an
influential national curriculum. The entire
lesson plan is dedicated to the proposition
that video games are a hotbed of sexism and
misogyny, and it gives students the message
that anyone who dares to suggest that games
should be more inclusive can expect to be
terrorized by malevolent gamers. Lesson materials
include a video and an article by feminist
critic Anita Sarkeesian—both are harsh indictments
of the world of gaming. That would be fine
if she were not the only assigned author.
In another part of the lesson plan, the teacher
places seven posters around the room—each
bearing a statement about video games. Students
are then told to attach Post-Its to those
they agree with. Three are neutral—for example:
“I have played video games” and “I have
watched other people play video games.”
But four are affirmations about sexism: “I
have witnessed sexism in video games,” “I
believe video games can perpetuate sexism.”
None says anything positive about games—such
as, “Gaming is an exciting activity for
both women and men,” or “Sexism in video
games is exaggerated.”The curriculum also
includes a small group discussion on sexism
and video games and “additional resources”
that focus on—guess what?– harassment,
misogyny, and terror in the culture of video
games. The curriculum is not only obsessively
one-sided—much it is false, misleading,
or exaggerated. Let’s start with the very
first sentence. “Video games do not have
a good track record when it comes to positively
including girls and women.” But on page
3 of the curriculum students learn that women
now constitute 48 percent of video game players—up
from 40 percent in 2010. An important study
has shown that there has been a major demographic
shift in the video game industry toward the
inclusion of women, but men and women prefer
to play different types of games. The world
of games is rich and diverse and there is
room for everyone. Why give young women the
discouraging message that they are not wanted?
What about the idea that video games—especially
those most popular with men– perpetuate sexism?
The lesson plan promotes this idea, yet offers
no evidence. The fact is, as video games have
thrived in the U.S., so have women’s freedoms
and opportunities and participation in sports
and games. As I have said in an earlier videos
on gaming, gender critics have to show, not
dogmatically assume, that video games make
men sexist and unjust—or hold women back
in some way. They have not even tried to meet
burden of proof. Finally, what about the claim
that when women criticize video games, they
receive abusive messages or even threats.
Unfortunately, this is sometimes true. Feminist
critics have received threats, and that’s
deplorable. But what the ADL fails to mention
is that no one knows who sent them—and males
(and females) who challenge the feminist critique
receive them too. Milo Yianappoulos, a British
writer who defends gamers from the charge
of sexism received a letter that contained
dead mouse impaled by a razor blade. But the
ADL curriculum, like dozens of major media
stories on gamers, sensationalizes the threats
to feminist critics—makes no mention of
threats to other side—and then implies anyone
who objects to some of the feminist criticism
is a misogynist implicated in a campaign of
violence. By the way, the ADL lesson plan
does not include a discussion of a Pew study
of online harassment, but that study does
not support the simple “women are victims”
premise of the lesson. While it is true that
more women than men are sexually harassed
(7% women, 4% men), men are the primary targets
of threats (10% men, 6% women). The internet
can be a hostile environment—for anyone.
The ADL lesson plan includes a vocabulary
list and urges teachers to ‘Make sure”
students master them. They include: “Abusive,”
“dehumanize”, “misogyny,” and “gamer”—.
I can think of several others I would make
sure students learn—biased, manipulative,
propaganda, and re-education.The Common Core
should repudiate this lesson plan. My advice
to the ADL: Stop playing games, and recall
this defaming curriculum. What do you think
about the ADL’s curriculum? Why are they
promoting such a one-sided picture? Let me
know what you think in the comments section.
Follow me on twitter and facebook. Thank you
for watching the Factual Feminist.

100 thoughts on “The war on gamers continues | FACTUAL FEMINIST”

  1. Interesting to hear a feminist critique. Which i understand because more legitimate areas of advocacy can be undermined down the line because of authoritarian over reach by certain types of activists who in this case are telling people how to make/enjoy games.

  2. Thank you, this is important. Why? When Anita Sarkeesian, came down on Overwatch, she only mentioned 3 women that (being soldiers) were thin, attractive and did not represent the norm of women.
    She cherry picked the characters and did not mention that Anna (a 60 year old medic) Mei a chubby but wonderful defensive player and Zarya a very buff (as in as a weightlifter who could lift 512 kilos) tank. All I mentioned were women characters.

    I don't like cherry picking, it is lying by omission. If you're going to lie. I will not give any credence to your reports.

    She is making her living doing this. Since she has a significant need to look like she has something to say, she comes up with strawpeople who suit her need but not as you pointed out, the facts.

  3. "is gaming a boy's club?"
    Oh my….i remember teaming up with my female gamer counterparts in tournaments. They're all cool in playing hardcore games

  4. This is so sad. You are not looking in the right places or something because anti-feminists everywhere are still dis proportionally harassing women in the gaming community and overall nerd community to this day. They act like women shouldn't be in their precious safe space. They act like the women playing gamers with them are "fake gamers". Is this "feminist" a gamer herself? If not please shut the hell up and do not presume to know our experience as female gamers.

    "we just wanna play our games" OK? Just because a feminist is talking about problematic concepts and tropes in media doesn't mean they're trying to shit on your favorite thing. As a feminist and female gamer, I can very easily love video games like God of War and talk about all the problematic things that are in games and the gaming community and how they treat feminists and women within their communities.

  5. If you meet a girl in game you are welcome you are not going to be offeded if you dont like do say stupid stuff to and probably added to friend list because you are so rare so just start playin.

  6. Some of the best people I have met on my PS4 are women or teen girls, hell one of the best AD (that’s a faction on the mmorpg The Elder Scrolls Online) players is a girl

  7. As a female semi-hardcore gamer and someone who's been working in the game industry for years, thank you for this commentary!

  8. Go to any feminist channel and you will see how many insults and threats they get along with dislikes. Only men can comment on female miro-aggressions but when feminists do it they get called mentally ill and accused of a victim mentality.

  9. Thank you so much for making this video, you are a true feminist, a proud voice in an honorable cause – you are excellent at what you do and have my love and support.

  10. "Well, males are the primary targets of threats." Are these absolute percentages or has this been normalized? I mean … if 60% of all players are male it's also more likely that they'll receive a threat or become the victim of some form of harassment. So it'd be helpful if the number would have been normalized to, say, threats per 1.000 of players to get a better feeling if there's something disproportionate or not.

  11. Lemme tell u a little story. In the 90's we gamers were basically the outcasts of society, u know, nerds/geeks ect. So we all stuck to our own groups, mainly card games, pc games, anime, Sci-fi movies. U didn't need to partake in all the listed activity's, but always had a certain respect for people within those groups, since u knew they had the same mindset that u had, basically just escapism and a type of family.

    As time went by, more people joined the online world through facebook ect. I don't think we chased anyone away at that point, we were welcoming and friendly to all new allies. Now we jump to 2018 and all these industries have developed themselves based on this demographic which is to be expected, allot of change have come over the years due to the whole demographic changing and that's fine.

    But now, along comes people like Anita, telling us that our whole group is toxic, and that our days are over, we must be fixed/forgotten/chased off, and I sit here asking myself, what did we do to deserve being cast out of society a second time, when the world was against our kind(Gamers not sexists :P), we didn't try and ruin everyone else fun, we did our own thing. It just makes me sad that's all. Good day all.

  12. video games are not sexist. their are many female youtuber gamers. men of all ages welcome women and yes the gaming world and the internet can be a very dangerous place, not just for women but men too. video games of all sorts are for women, female, chick, home girl, etc as well as for men, males, dudes, bros, home boy, etc and that is the way it will stay no matter what. here is some advise stick to politics. because video games will just piss off most feminist if not all them.

  13. It’s stupid. You would’ve thought one of the employees working on it might’ve thought “Maybe telling girls gaming is full of awful sexists is just going to discourage them from partaking?”

  14. While I personally don't play on line games; I do understand the gamers point of view. They ADMIRE the Lara Croft type characters and they admire women who can step up to the role. At the same time, anybody who cries that they are not being treated fair will be despised.  This is not football! You push buttons, the end Nothing can be fairer than that.

  15. I've been playing games since I was 8 and joined my first multiplayer game (wow) when I was 12. I've played with both males and females, people from all kind of countries and backgrounds. Never have I ever view as inferior in video games or real life.

    I'm in love with this woman, respect to her.

  16. You left out that Anita LIED about being a gamer ! She says here that she is NOT A GAMER and doesn't like video games. That was the reasons she got criticism ! People don't like LIARS !
    Anita Sarkeesian Admitted She Was Not A Gamer in 2010 (Flying Turkeys video clip by itself)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Afgtd8ZsXzI
    Anita Sarkeesian- BUSTED!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuRSaLZidWI

  17. Feminists: Gaming is a boys club.
    Female: Plays a video game with a few of her female friends
    Feminist: But… but… it's a boys club, and you can't play it!

    Everybody is focused on shooters. Shooters don't attract women. Games like candy crush do. More friendly games which aren't as serious, and don't involve gore.
    All of the above is just a tendency, not a law.

  18. Gaming itself is not sexist at all. You cannot, however, deny the hate and harassment out there towards female gamers. Women are frequently told that they are just gaming for dick and for male attention. You may have not experienced it, but female gamers have. Whenever I turn on my headset and try to play I get discouraged by the other players not the stupid pseudo feminists. Go watch the Cross Assault video where that poor girl was harassed by her own team to the point where she forfeited.

    If you were really factual you'd go do some real research. I suggest watching some of the Extra Credit's videos on harassments. They have a good game developer writer and several members that really put effort and time into covering these kinds of issues.

  19. Women: gaming is useless
    Feminists groups: discourages people from gaming bcuz of 'sexism'
    Results: less female pro gamers
    Feminists: the e-sports industry is bias towards male gamers

  20. Males can also receive hate messages. Just looking at salty losers who say awful and terrible bullshit to the winners. Most common female reaction: Fear, threat. Most common male reaction: lolololololololol about it.
    And as a matter of fact, some badass gamer girl streamer read her "hating messages" so we could all laugh at those losers xD

  21. Anita Sarkeesian is a snake, she asked for five figures to make just a few videos then extended her goal to six figures, WITHOUT extending the goal. Really farming that social justice money there!

  22. Ms Fac Fem my stepmother only played video games once in awhile. No wait her played a lot, mostly bejeweled and that frog one. But there was one unspoken gaming fact in the house. "Galaga is my game if you challenge me you will lose," (Angelica Massey 2011) the year I learned what Galaga was.

  23. Doctor, i know you make videos great like this quite long ago but can you help of the boardgames, specifically Wh40k, fake feminist make unbelievable demands as they are the center of the problems, they bring their full propaganda into a fictional universe that every men and women can fight for humanity but they ask for diversity of female representative while there is a GIGANTIC FEMALE ORDER THAT RECEIVE THE POWER OVER MEN IN EVERY WAY( game rules involve make sure you read it first) and they also make up stories being harrasment without clues ( you can watch Arch Warhammer about that)
    It is 23/12/2018 it is my hobby , everyone hobby, men and women and these people who don't even care about the lore of how the author shaped that universe. Please help!!! I don't want something bad happen about this game

  24. One question…… is this a real channel? Owner of this channel how sure are you that you aren't popular because of memes?

  25. This is against video games for no reason it depends what game you play that causes this: The Nintendo company gets nagged by woman who think it is unfair that there may be less female characters in some games they think that way but Nintendo has added SO many new female characters but they still attack the company with angry emails and complaints so i believe this needs to stop although still i am not and never will be against feminists or their followers.

  26. Men are 97% of combat fatalities.

    Men pay 97% of Alimony

    Men make up 94% of work suicides.

    Men make up 93% of work fatalities.

    Men make up 81% of all war deaths.

    Men lose custody in 84% of divorces.

    80% of all suicides are men.

    77% of homicide victims are men.

    89% of men will be the victim of at least one violent crime.

    Men are over twice as victimized by strangers as women.

    Men are 165% more likely to be convicted than women.

    Men get 63% longer sentences than women for the same crime.

    Court bias against men is at least 6 times bigger than racial bias.

    Males are discriminated against in school and universities.

    Boys face vastly more corporal punishment than girls.

    60-80% of the homeless are men.

    Women's cancers receive 15 times more funding than men's.

    At least 10% of fathers are victims of paternity fraud.

    One third of all fathers in the USA have lost custody of children; most are expected to pay for this.
    Is this #equality?

  27. Ma'am, I mean no disrespect truly, but you won't get this. You have to "git gud", or else you're nothing at all.

    Side note: when people who play dark souls get too cocky ask them to beat a NES megaman game. See what they call unfair lol.

  28. This video is now three years old. Has the ADL made any changes to that curriculum, or are the still promoting fantasy over reality? Oh, and by the way, for the list of vocabulary words that was not included but should have been, "Misandry".

  29. The last game guild raid group I played in had several women, 1 a RL friend. They were the lead, top damage and top healer. We NEEDED them to succeed.

  30. The ADL has always been one sided, it doesn't speak up for Palestinian rights, for example, but scurrilously claims that anyone who doesn't support Israeli's rights to be abusive of Palestinians is an "anti-Semite". That is the most blatant racism.

  31. am a 55 year old man i played video games for over 40 years and am nothing like what those sexist feminist angry salty womans say's that gamers are .i look at this mature woman i find her to be a beautifull woman very good looking and pleasing to my eye's and ears does that makes me a sexist if so am a sexist with good taste and happy to be one then. she's smart and see trough the lies of those other anti gamer people who has obvioulsy has nothing beter to do with their time instead of spending in a constructive way no they go on a rampage of rage salty and man/boy hating

  32. Thank you for calling this out. Im a gamer and it hurts to be labeled nasty things without being able to defend yourself

  33. Gaming is not only for the dudes I have several very good friends that play Playstation with me in a female

  34. the reason gamers terrorize people for disrespecting games for garbage reasons is because I'm just here to play the game not look at another characters tits

  35. Males are addicted to recognition for performance. Women, to social recognition. Games are to men as social media are to women. No difference.

  36. The thing these people are trying to do, and what they shouldn't be doing, is looking at games through a political lens…if that makes sense. Now I'm no politician myself (and honestly, I don't think I'll bother), but even I can say that the two don't mix. As far as I'm aware, like 90% of games (and movies, now that I think about it) weren't conceived with real world issues in mind, and so using said issues to evaluate them isn't the best idea. They're there to take us away, to let us see and do stuff we couldn't otherwise (and to let us have fun, of course). But hey, we gamers already know this.
    Sure there'll be the occasional gorgeous 100/10 with a beyond perfect body, and sure some people will play as said character purely because they're that hot, but chances are they're not gonna come out of playing that character and be like "Welp, time to be a sexist" or anything.

    As a wise Jeff once said in the comments 4 years ago, "I just want to play video games."

  37. As most other people have said, the only people who might look down on you for playing games as a woman are other women. Other gamers I’ve met were just thrilled to meet someone who shared their hobby.

  38. This is how feminist should aspire to be, I’m pretty sure they will get everything they want with zero or minimal backlash if they approached issues like this and be this realistic with themselves.

  39. Feminists are seldom taken seriously by intelligent people outside of the academic and media bubbles, because their latest cause is always predicated on the notion that women are perpetual victims, and men are violators…justifying their constant misandric attacks

  40. Bahaha this shits funny. Games are only for men bahahaha mate do people know how many female twitch streamers n shit there are. bahahaha mate.

  41. Where are your twitter and facebook?? Only AEIs are given! Thats stupid, sorry, if thats the only choice! The FF needs its own!!!

  42. I know this is a 4 year old video, but just wanted to say thank you for taking up for the gamers out here who aren't trying to engage in anything but getting their game on.
    Anyone who has played online games can tell you that the online gaming world is a very hostile environment, regardless of race or sex,l. There will always be someone somewhere that's mad at the world, and hates their life, and is somehow able to get great satisfaction from saying very cruel things to the people they don't like. All you have to do is stop their kill streak or just run into them at the wrong time.

    Not all gamers act like this. I don't mind playing with females, but I really don't appreciate it when game developers throw some kind of left-leaning proproganda into a game and we are forced into something some of us want no part of, especially in our beloved games.

  43. Video games for along time have put out what they believe will sell now they have to make games to make people like who probably don’t play video games but just call foul play happy

  44. I'm a casual gamer, I am your casual everyday chill person grinding mats. I don't kill people IRL, I'm not a toxic piece of shit, and I'm most certainly not genocidal. at least IRL. in-game, if I'm doing it for an achievement or I just want to do it, there is not anything that can stop me, and I can always undo it by resetting. if the game is online, things will respawn.
    But we are getting off-topic, so why? why do you assholes scare gamer girls away, I mean the world isn't perfect and all. but really? blame the whole for the wrong of a tiny part? wtf! please comment your reply or if u stand with me like. PEACE!

  45. I'll deal w femenism (Wich is already frustrating) but once they start fuckin w my games that's when we have a HUGE problem

  46. Women are worshiped in video games. If guys know there’s a girl in the game they will go the extra mile to help her out. That’s is a fact.

  47. Jesus Christ, those worthless fucking Feminazi airheads are running out of trivial shit to bitch and whine about; now they're making shit up.

    Thank God Donald Trump won the election and is the President of the United States and President of ALL Americans while that ugly wrinkly corrupt lying useless fucking hag Hillary, the Wicked Witch of

    Westchester, failed miserably and lost and sunk back into obscurity where she belongs (besides jail), despite all the efforts from the Demotards and despite all the butthurt entitled lazy beta-masculine latte-drinking chronic-masturbating virginal sexually-desperate liberal/Demotard pajama-soy-snowflakes; and Trump will be reelected and the Demotard party will fail miserably again (despite their strategy of letting illegal immigrants inside the United States by the millions so they can get their votes as they're willing to accept votes from anything with a pulse; it seems they're so desperate to get to power they're willing to destroy their own country). I'm a Mexican living in Mexico but I wish I was American just so I could vote for Trump.

    #ClintonBodyCount #VoteDemOut #Trump2020 #MAGA #WalkAway

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