The Keiji Inafune project, Mighty No. 9 experienced its first scandal this past Thursday when Dina Abou Karam was announced as the community manager for Mighty No. 9‘s official website. Many people are probably unfamiliar with Dina and they may be wondering why so much backlash has been thrown at Comcept for this hiring. The answer is simple, Dina is an outspoken feminist, some have even labeled her a “Social Justice Warrior”. Backers that were promised Mighty No. 9‘s team would consist of industry veterans are now worried that this novice, who has, in the past, said that she never really played Mega Man, will influence the game’s development so that it falls more in line with Dina’s bastardized, feminist agenda.
Naturally, Dina’s hiring set off a bit of a war on Mighty No. 9‘s forums between supporters and their opposition. Opponents of Dina’s hiring fear that her feminist views could lead to Mighty No. 9‘s hero, Beck, becoming Becky, something that she has fought for in the past. They also fear that Dina’s horrendous fan art could become the basis for some of the game’s robots. Normally, these would be just a bit out of the sphere of influence for a community manager, but Dina has the power of nepotism on her side as she is friends with some of Comcept’s staff, and even calls one of them a boyfriend (This shocked me, I thought most feminists were lesbians because they all seem to have so much hatred for men.) How do Dina’s supporters respond to these criticisms that focus on everything but Dina’s gender? Well, in a tidal wave of irony, they call them shallow, saying they only oppose the hiring because of Dina is a girl.
The negative trait of Dina that irks me the most is her distorted view on feminism, something she shares with Anita Sarkeesian. For those unfamiliar with Ms. Sarkeesian, the best way to describe her is that she looks decent when not dressing like a homeless lesbian, and that is the only positive attributes that she offers the world. Anita is famous for posting various videos that basically bash anything (usually video games) that depict women in a way that she does not agree with. Like Dina’s defenders, Anita and her fans are unable to comprehend that men can rationally argue with Anita’s ideas on a basis that does not involve her gender. That being said, it seems the best way to fight back is by being irrational as well, something that both Scott’s “The Joy of Boobies” article and Tim’s “Come on Ladies, I Need a Date” post refrained from doing.
Being a feminist is, for the most part, the least productive thing a person can do. I am not talking about the early feminists, the ones that actually fought for equality for women, they made shit happen. I have massive amounts of respect for women like Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony, not only did they fight for women’s equality, but they worked to abolish slavery BEFORE they focused on the inequalities their gender faced. How do Anita Sarkeesian and her fellow “Bitches of Bastardized Feminism” repay these women that paved the way for their cause? By pissing on that very same path by focusing on things like video games when women in other countries are still treated like shit. Through a Kickstarter campaign, Sarkeesian raised $158,922, not to help other women across the globe obtain the rights they deserve but to produce a self-serving series of videos entitled Tropes vs. Women in Video Games.
Through Tropes vs. Women, Anita gives us a glimpse of her video game paradise, an industry that produces games that do not targeting a specific gender and that are free of anything she feels is a stereotypical female character. She bashes Bioware for prominently featuring a male Commander Shepard in the advertisements for the Mass Effect series, stating that less than twenty percent of Mass Effect players chose to play as FemShep because she was not featured in the advertisements. Personally, I choose to play as a male character when given the option because I want to, not because the advertisements focused on him or for other deranged reason. I am not a sexist or a misogynist, I merely enjoy games more when I can connect better with the main character, and since I do not have a vagina, I feel I have a better chance of doing that with a male protagonist.
Video Game Feminists point towards numbers that claim that nearly half of all gamers are female. Unfortunately, these studies do not differentiate Final Fantasy from Candy Crush making it nearly impossible to know if the majority of girl gamers even give two fucks about FemShep. Using my wife as an example, the ability to play as a female character has not pushed her to play Pokemon, Mass Effect, or any of the Atelier series. Instead, she would prefer to play Candy Crush on the iPad until she runs out of lives, and then move on to her phone since she still has a full set of lives on it (true story).
Today’s society is politically correct to an extreme, something that feminists, and many other groups, use to their advantage. People that see through skin color, gender, and sexual orientation are labeled racist, sexist, or homophobic merely for disagreeing with people like Anita and Dina. Video game journalists for more prominent websites are all but forced to agree with these groups because one wrong comment (usually one taken out of context) could cost them their job and/or their journalism career. Anita, among others, exploits this fact to achieve the notoriety she thirsts for, at the expense of true feminists. It is these actions that cause many people to roll their eyes when they hear somebody describe themselves as a feminist.
I will reiterate it one more time, I believe everybody, regardless of gender, race, or sexuality, deserves equal rights. However, equal rights does not mean that a predominantly male entertainment medium should be forced to cater more to the minority of its audience at the expense of the majority. I would be destroyed if I, a white, straight male, complained that chick-flicks needed to feature more masculine guys or that rap music needed to be changed because it does not focus on Caucasians enough. The reason that I do not care about those things is because I understand those entertainment options are not designed for me. That is enough ranting for one day, I will now await the oncoming storm of attacks that usually accompanies these posts.