As women, we are at a disadvantage in both the employment field. It’s been proven that we aren’t paid as much as our male counterparts and we aren’t given the same employment opportunities.
You know, when it comes to promotions and even entry-level positions. Sometimes we just aren’t given the job because we aren’t the gender the hiring professional was looking for. Awful, right?
That’s what we marched for the past couple of years, right? Besides the new president, of course.
Trump being elected kinda scared me a little too but we’ll get to that in a later blog post. We marched for the equal rights of both men and women.
We want to be given the same opportunities in a FREE country as the men do, right? Nothing says privileged better than men not even realizing that there’s even an issue.
Well, I want you to think about something else for a moment. What about the women who do what so many people call “nerdy”?
What about the women living in a man’s world? You know, the “nerdy” women like me. The women who play video games, enter into the cosplay scene, or delve into the world of anime and manga.
Have you heard about the sexual harassment we go through when we are “scouted” by the men in the video game industry?
It’s sickening to hear of stories where we are asked to play topless or even in the nude. There’s also the idea that men don’t think women are as skilled as they are when it comes to the games themselves.
Because of that, there’s the lack of inclusivity that other industries have. So yes, you should definitely include us in the #womensmarch in the coming years.
Want to know why you should care? Sure, that’s a relevant question I’d be asking myself. Well, I’ve got an answer to the question too, of course! Make sure to sit back and enjoy as I delve deeper into the issue.
WHY you should include us in the march
We, as female gamers, also identify as the women you are marching for. Why shouldn’t we have the chance to put our foot down in a public sector?
No, we aren’t hopeless – we have our platforms and our heroines we look up to. Yet our issues are often overlooked on a bigger scale.
You don’t often hear of female gamers being sexually harassed very often, do we? This is what is so frustrating – we are sometimes afraid to come forward and no one is helping us vocalize our feelings.
This is the problem with this issue: no one knows about the issue and no one is coming forward to talk about it.
This is why you should include ALL marginalized women in your march and not just the women affected by the new presidency of the United States.
And no, I do believe in the idea that Trump is not my president. But that is a blog post for another day, mmkay? (#SouthParkReference)
HOW you should include us in the march
This is an easy question to answer for me since I’m a female gamer myself. The answer is this: be more inclusive toward the people you want to help.
Include other marginalized groups in society, such as trans people and gamers. We may not have the same issues you do but we could still shed light on many of the issues being seen in society today.
That includes different types of sexual harassment or even the types of harassment being directed toward the LGBT community. They see it enacted toward them as much as we see it toward us as women.
That makes sense, right? Another way to include us in the fight for equality in the #WomensMarch is to start a conversation. Ask us about what we face as female gamers in society today. We don’t live in the dark ages anymore but that doesn’t mean we don’t face issues.
We are strong AF, being women, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need help standing up for ourselves from time to time. Just because we seem like nerds to you in our little corner of reality doesn’t mean we aren’t women who could relate to your message.
WHEN you should include us in the march
This may seem like a smartass question but I thought I’d ask it anyway. You should include us NOW.
Not in the next march but before that…long before that. We all deserve a voice and we want to use that voice to make the world a better place for everyone living in it.
That makes sense, doesn’t it? Yeah, I thought so. We are all women at the end of the day and we want to help make the #WomensMarch a powerful voice for the goal of equality.
We want the world to see that we are a force to be reckoned with. We can’t do that if we don’t include everyone at every turn.
That’s what makes us so passionate about the idea of helping. That is why this blog is here: creating a voice for female gamers when there wasn’t a loud one before.
We want the men to see that we deserve the same chances at life as they do and we can’t do that without a strong voice to lead us in action.
So don’t forget to include us in the march – even in the beginning stages. We could become better women by learning more about the problems other women face.
We could become better women by striving together to solve those problems. The world won’t become any better for anyone if we don’t strive to take action for that result!
I believe the #WomensMarch should be about inclusivity for all female-identifying individuals. This includes transgender women and female gamers.
This is something I am very passionate about, as you can see.
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