Anonymous asked: I have to be honest, I didn't like seeing the bitchy side of you when you told off that anon who said "Do you secretly have a penis". Im sure he was just joking. I think you too k the whole thing a little too far.
I have to be honest too.
I have been put down by men in a lot of situations. They always try to make me feel that I am inferior. I know that not all men are like this. But too often I have been treated differently because I am a female enjoying something that is mostly observed to have a male following.
Like, for instance, video games: I have loved video games since I was a very young girl, along with many girls. Boys have never been the only ones to like video games. There have always been girls who played. And when I got into my teen years, I got very tired of hearing, “You play video games? That is so hot,” or “You play video games? I bet you suck.” Why does something like that have to be sexualized? And lets say I am terrible at video games, why would that even matter? I play because it is fun and I really enjoy it. But there cannot be a neutral ground when it comes to gaming and sexes, and when it comes to being a female gamer the general opinion is you are hot or you suck.
I would go into a GameStop, and the employees would give me looks and were not as helpful to me as they were to the males. They would treat me as if I had no business being in there, and that I had no clue what I was talking about.
I was also in a Soul Calibur tournament a few years back, and the men from the local radio station covering the event kept referring to me as “The Chick” when all of the other players were being referred to as their own names.
In the gaming world, I am treated differently because of my sex. And often times, when possible, I chose to not reveal my sex so I can have a better gaming experience. And all of this is just one example of a situation where I am treated inferior because of my interests and hobbies. Just a few weeks ago, a man told me that he “DID NOT BELIEVE ME” when I told him that I was a blacksmith. He scoffed and he laughed at me.
Yes, I game. Yes, I drink beer. Yes, I am a blacksmith. Yes, I listen to metal. Yes, I am a woman.
So when someone approaches me and asks me “Do you secretly have a penis?” in regards to my interests, I am going to get offended. Because I do not need to have a penis to enjoy the things I love.