Are video games sexist?

Jump to Last Post 1-4 of 4 discussions (4 posts)
  1. M. T. Dremer profile image91
    M. T. Dremerposted 5 years ago

    Are video games sexist?

    I've been watching the ongoing youtube series called 'tropes vs women in video games' and she makes a compelling argument about the damsel in distress. While I don't think anyone would deny that strong video game heroines exist, the over-use of the helpless princess as an object of desire is a bit outdated. Thinking about female characters in recent mainstream games, and the roles they played, do you think video games are sexist?

  2. jjackson786 profile image95
    jjackson786posted 5 years ago

    I don't. I believe that the damsel in distress is situationally-appropriate, and that on some occasions the presence of a hapless woman contributes to the integrity of the story line.

    I have played games where the lead character is female and awesome (the Mass Effect trilogy), and is in no way in distress or helpless. But I have also played other games where the oversexualized female characters are utterly worthless and have to be rescued (Dante's Inferno). Despite this far-reaching spectrum, the concept of the female character is currently undergoing somewhat of a revolution that will hopefully encourage developers to employ them more. With games such as Gears of War and Beyond: Two Souls- both of which feature either strong female supporting characters or a strong female lead- I am planning to see more ladies in action sometime soon.

    In a nutshell, some storylines simply require a damsel in distress to be rescued. I try to enjoy the game that I'm playing without thinking into it too much (unless it requires heavy thought) smile

  3. Bodie95 profile image60
    Bodie95posted 5 years ago

    Not all video games are sexist, no, but many have deep recurring sexist themes. One of the largest genres, action, is heavily consumed with sexist themes. Many involve a macho male hero rescuing a girl in need. Even if she is the best fighter, she will still be the one to break down and cry in many stories.
    This isn't to say all games are sexist. But look at Star Wars KOTOR: Bastila, the amazing Jedi. She succumbs to the dark side and is often in situations where she can't save herself. This is the only example I could come up with on a moment's notice, but there are many games where this is true.
    Either way, just as with any source of media entertainment, video games can be sexist, but are not inherently sexist.

  4. JohnGreasyGamer profile image82
    JohnGreasyGamerposted 5 years ago

    More often than not, yes, I believe they are. The over sexualisation and exploitation of the female character's role in video gaming has become so clear I can taste it in my spit. That's not to say that every single female in every single video game is depicted as petty and entitled, but most of the time they don't seem human in the slightest.

    However in the same ways that sexism and blatant misogyny are expanding (i.e Bayonetta was made for this, as was Duke Nukem), so is it decreasing. The amount of games where women are being treated properly is increasing, especially in RPGs - the amount of armour-kinis is reducing considerably, and heroines are becoming all the more popular because of their seriousness and humanity.

    If anything, video games were far worse in the pre-Playstation 2/GC/Xbox era than now because of how poor stories were. You literally didn't have enough disk space to make a story, so the extent of storytelling before was mostly "you bad, princess taken, go kill!". I think we've just become more sensitive as years have gone by, and video games weren't nearly as expansive as they are now.

    It's a serious question that requires serious thought, and should be explored a lot more than just this question! ^^


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)