I think this is a very controversial topic but some of the arguments that are brought forth just don't make sense to me.
I watched this video and this guy makes good content sometimes but this video I couldn't agree with what he was saying. I totally believe that there are guys who get mad when a girl beats them at a game and I know that online gaming can be toxic. But is that really the reason why there are no pro gamers that are women? Let's look at jobs like actress, model and Kpop idol is anyone going to tell me that those industries are easy to work in?
This is just 2 examples from Kpop because I followed this a lot. There have been numerous occasions where an idol has accidentally or maybe they just didn't care worn something with the Japanese rising sun flag and this results in huge backlash because Korea was one of the nations that Japan wanted to have as part of their empire.
People will put you down for your looks, if you're dating someone, if you're not contributing enough to the groups success etc. Also another example there was an idol that was 16 and they were on a show introducing themselves because they just started out and one of them was from Taiwan and the TV staff gave her a flag from Taiwan and this caused an international scandal and she was forced to read an apology on camera because the company was interested in making money in China and didn't want to piss them off.
Additionally there have been scandals where both male and female idols have been sexually abused and exploited. Oh by the way there was also reports of sexual harassment at Blizzard but somehow there's a ton of female game developers too.
But women flock to these jobs and there's so many applicants to train as an idol that the competition is extremely fierce. To me it seems like women as a whole are not as interested in being a pro gamer as they are in being an idol or a model or an actress. And that's alright. Is it really mean comments online and salty men who can't lose that are keeping women from becoming pro gamers or are there just not enough women who want to do this and want to do it badly enough to put up with the hassle?
I just feel like people spread this narrative that any business where women are not doing well it's because they're not being encouraged enough. Even in the video the examples he brought up 2 of the women are streamers and it doesn't matter how hard they work as streamers it's not the same as being a pro gamer. It's not even close to the same thing.
Nobody encouraged men to play video games and compete in them it was always seen as something losers do but they did it anyway. And a pro gaming scene naturally formed around it as time went on because there was a steady flow of men who wanted to do this even when the pay was bad the lifestyle was terrible and there was no fame or glory in it men wanted to do it. And that's how it grew. There are a lot of women who play online games and most that I meet seem pretty used to dealing with the occasional douchebag.
I'm not trying to justify or defend being an asshole online I'm just saying seeing toxicity as the cause of every difference in representation in a field just seems like you're making it very easy on yourself and it fits nicely into a narrative that you already want to promote. But does it actually have anything to do with reality? Can you say it's men's fault that there are not enough women in pro gaming? I doubt that but you can write your opinion in the comments below.
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