J: so did you hear feminists are going after games now?
N: Fuck off!
J: Yeah they’re basically attacking games now cuz of they take advantage of women.
Me: Yeah and it’s a valid attack!
N: Tch, no it’s not, they’re just going after games now because they want to strengthen their theory and they need something else to bitch about, just sitting around like housewives because they can’t find something to stick up them. *points to GTA on the screen* see, there’s women in games.
Me: he’s playing as a man. They just want a chance to play as a woman and fair representation.
J: you can play as women in most games.
N: yeah and there are loads of female characters!
Me: yeah and they’re objectified…
*five minutes later*
J: the radio on this game is talking something about strippers and putting something between their boobs, haha.
Me: *SHOCKED AS FUCK SILENCE*
That shit blew my mind and made understanding cultural appropriation way clearer for me.
Karen A. Martin, from Normalizing Heterosexuality: Mothers’ Assumptions, Talk, and Strategy with Young Children (2009)
SO IMPORTANT TO ME and extremely relevant to my life (considering I have a lot of baggage from my formative years because of heteronormativity).