Monday, March 17, 2014
Contributing versus condemning: a late-night ode to being annoyed with sexist comments and questionable logic
Hi. I'm terribly sleepy, but I'm a writer and I write about things that are on my mind. (Usually.)
Every time I sit down to watch (fighting game) tournament streams, I see something like this:
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Like... I turned on the Ultimate Marvel stream for Final Round 17, was called away for a little while, and when I came back this was literally the first thing I saw. It's no secret that sexism tends to really stand out in the FGC (fighting game community) because of how especially male-dominated the scene is, but goddamn. This girl (Persia) knows her shit; the comments when she's off-screen are usually bad enough: jeers about how Sp00ky only has her on mic because it's "politically correct," or other such things like that. But then she's shown for, like, two minutes tops, and even though she's clearly well-established and very knowledgeable, the stream monsters go haywire with misogyny and stupidity. I like that one guy that's saying not to fuck with her, though -- kudos to him.
Somebody on Twitter told me that by capturing and tweeting this image I'm giving it more life than it deserves, and am therefore contributing to the problem; I'm giving the people who say those things attention. To me, that sounds too much like another way of saying, "ignore it and they'll stop."
And, while I sort of see what this person was possibly maybe trying to say I have to disagree. Under such logic, ignoring violent crime will deter criminals because they're not getting attention. Condemning a behaviour sure as hell isn't the same as promoting it, and talking about/acknowledging an issue that has already been touched on by others before me doesn't necessarily mean that it's being perpetuated (though I can see how, in some cases, it could be).
Nevertheless, I'm tired, my finger has just started bleeding everywhere, and seeing these stupid comments over and over and over again is getting old.