CNN: Man Up and "Get Off The Video Games"?
Posted on Tuesday, October 4 @ 16:53:05 PST by Nicholas Tan
CNN contributor William J. Bennett, the U.S. secretary of education from 1985 to 1988, has a mouthful to say about how men are falling behind in the gender battle and how video games contribute:
For the first time in history, women are better educated, more ambitious and arguably more successful than men...Apparently, to be a man in America, he has to work, get married to a woman, and be religious. Well, I'm an agnostic gay man who works by playing and writing about video games... so I guess I'm screwed. So is the rest of the video game industry, as the vast majority in the industry are men. Also, this just in: Women don't play video games. See? Facebook, Popcap, and iPhone games really don't count?
Now, I get it. Even I know a few guys who I wish I could kick out of their gaming chair and tell them to drop their video games for a sec and be responsible for a change. It's all about balance, yes?
But if we really want to talk about masculinity, I could talk about how video games are essentially a throwback for men, back to a time when strength and courage meant something instead of their marginalization in the modern workplace, which is why so many successful games are about historical quests, warfare, epic heroism, and the frontier, be it in space, the Wild West, or the apocalypse.
Instead, we just get another tiring editorial by an old man slamming young men with his erect judgmental ignorant troll face.
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