Girls don’t REALLY play video games
Overheard today at a GameStop (a mother and her son about age 6):
Son: Mommy, why would a girl ever play video games?
Mother: Because they have the WiiFit out now. So they can play too.
Now, this is offensive on a couple of levels. Firstly, it’s perpetuating the stereotype that girls can’t/don’t play video games AND that they are insecure about their body, thus the need to excercise. Secondly, the fact that a mother, of all people, would be encouraging such thoughts. And finally, as my roommate (an avid gamer) noted, it’s offensive to her because it essentially dismisses an entire aspect of her life.
I suppose my reasons for relating this are a genuine desire to know WHY ideas like this get perpetuated throughout THIS day and age. How likely is it that we’ll be able to find a common ground, or some level of equality between the genders?
All I can say is, with this recent experience, I’m looking forward to our “modern connections” section of this course…