July 31, 2019
Of the 100 Fortnite tournament finalists, not one has a vagina. Can you even begin to imagine the oppression?
This is the power of the patriarchy.
They are able to oppress women so hard that they are not good at video games.
Women don’t even want to be good at video games, but the patriarchy still has to put the oppression on them anyway, just to make sure they don’t get involved and win the $30 million.
Sexists will say “maybe men are better than women at video games?”
But how can men be better than women at anything when gender is a social construct?
Once again, feminists go to preposterous lengths to explain differences in performance between the sexes, even when the truth is obvious, and not hurtful in itself (but highly dangerous for their ideology).
After 40 million people spent 10 weeks qualifying for the highest-paying ever e-sports tournament, the Fortnite World Cup, with a prize fund of $30 million, an inconvenient fact emerged. Not a single one of the 100 solo finalists who made their way to play the battle royale computer game in front of screaming crowds of thousands in Flushing Meadows, New York, was a woman.
Media explanations immediately defaulted to the social discrimination templates that have been around since before consoles existed. According to the Guardian, gaming communities are “unwelcoming” while “women players are sometimes belittled and objectified, their abilities constantly questioned” when they are not being pelted with “misogynistic insults” through the in-game chat. In its analysis, Forbes spoke about unspecified but evidently unfortunate “root issues causing girls not to pick up games when they’re younger” in addition to the assumed “toxicity.” One of the many blue tick journalists commenting on the issue on Twitter distilled the argument to its essence: “male gamers.”
Of course, we have no definitive explanation for the superficial under-representation, and there are likely several factors in play here including the ones above, but I would propose three other reasons.
1. Girls are not that into Fortnite. The Guardian article recycled the popular figure that 46 percent of gamers are girls, but more detailed analysis shows that the numbers are not distributed equally between all genres. For all the clichés, girls dominate farming and life sims, and constitute a high proportion of casual puzzle gamers, but make up less than 10 percent of players of FPS and sports sims. Even though Fortnite is considered a relatively girl-friendly game, a significant majority of World Cup entrants were probably men in the first place.
2. Even the participating girls don’t want to put in the time. The top players talk of spending upwards of eight hours a day honing their skills at a competition where they have the exact same starting tools as hundreds of millions of other players. There has been talk of mothers throwing away their sons’ Xboxes, and years of homework left unfinished. That single-minded obsession, that readiness to risk everything for the small chance of a reward and the niche fame of having your handle on a leaderboard may not appeal to as many women. In fact, they may not be desired or possible for most men either. I am someone in my 30s who enjoys games, but I am not represented in New York, with the vast majority of the finalists being teen boys, who have the time, and can endure what at my age seems a non-enriching grind towards a hermetic proficiency.
3. Most controversially, girls may not be as good at these fast-twitch shooter games. Multiplestudieshaveconsistently demonstrated that females have slower reaction times than males, and perform worse at spatial reasoning tests. The differences may not be that noticeable among the normal population, but at the apex of the pyramid, where only the fastest, most precise and most aggressive survive, the disparity in ratios becomes overwhelming.
So, what we have is a game that does not particularly appeal to women, who don’t tend to play as much competitively, and even if they did might not reach the same standard.
But in the end, is it really so bad that most girls don’t want to spend hours of every day shooting people in the head?
Is it so catastrophic that the genders have different interests? That women watch more romantic comedies or that men consume more pornography or fill the Dungeons & Dragons and chess clubs? That more Instagram influencers, knitting website founders and models are women, while footballers and oil drillers are men? That males are on average stronger and faster, while females have, on the whole, superior linguistic and social abilities?
Well, yes it is, now that gaming is being financially and socially rewarded, as opposed to relentlessly mocked as the preserve of sweaty boys with limited conversational skills.
Even in the most meritocratic activity, where all you need is a medium-powered PC and access to the internet, where no one needs to know which of the multiple genders you are, equality is redefined by outcome, and fairness is not a factor.
“The onus is on the game publishers, event organizers, big-name sponsors and team owners to attract and employ more female gamers,” writes the Guardian. “And to pay well-known female players the same as their male counterparts.”
That is the important thing. That they get paid the same.
For example: half of that $30 million prize should have gone to some female. She deserved the money for trying.
This so-called “meritocracy” system where people win prizes based on their performance is fundamentally sexist, patriarchal, racist and WHITE SUPREMACIST. There is simply no reason that a person should get paid money based on their performance – unless you want all the money going to White men.
Because naturally, White men perform better than women and people of color because they have not been systematically oppressed for literally millions of years.
Of course, the winner was a White male.
No one could have predicted it. Another privileged little whitey getting free money simply for being a member of the dominant power structure.
Ultimately, all White men will either have to be killed or become trannies in order for women and people of color to finally find success.
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