Posted on | October 15, 2015 | 61 Comments
Heather McNamara has a Tumblr blog and describes herself thus: “Literature enthusiast, feminist, marxist, queer theorist, lesbian, egomaniac, mom.” At her personal Web site, she adds that she is “a lesbian mom partnered with the lovely supergenius Zinnia Jones. . . . I’m finishing my degree in English with a focus on technical writing with a minor in writing and rhetoric at University of Central Florida.” (You can click here to see “the lovely supergenius Zinnia Jones.”) The other dayHeather McNamara posted this on her Tumblr blog:
A few years ago, my son asked me if he could play GTA on his xbox. I told him that when he was old enough to write an essay on misogyny and its effects on society then he could play. A few days ago, he came to me and told me he’d been watching episodes of Feminist Frequency and felt that he was ready to write that essay. His stepmother, @zjemptv? and I came up with a list of questions. His answers, transcribed below (spelling errors corrected):
1. What is misogyny?
Misogyny is for men to think they’re better than women and they abuse women to show their dominance but that just make them look like jerks. If this is put into games too much, women would think it’s horrible and start hating the game. For example in Mass Effect you could slap the mean news lady. That equals to misogyny.
2. Give 3 examples of misogyny in video games that you’ve seen played on YouTube
In GTAV you do anything but if you shoot only women that counts to misogyny. Another example in video games is like wrestling. Some games allow you to beat women up in wrestling games. In any game that has misogyny some history events sometimes have women abuses in some games you can rape in those games that have misogyny.
3. Why might these examples of casual misogyny in video games be correlated to real life interpersonal violence toward women?
It’s probably a bad thing to rape women either in real life or in games. If a child is doing that in games it could teach them wrong. Imagine a dimension where misogyny switched places! It could be opposite but by the way rape nd abuse is all the way totally wrong.
So, should I let him?
Inflicting this kind of feminist brainwashing on a boy can only be understood as an act of deliberate sadistic cruelty.