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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 6:04PM extispex said

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Sexist/heterocentric title to that image.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 6:17PM (Unverified) said

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@extispex

Yep. Given that the destination is all about statistics, they portrayed the most commonly-occurring pairing set of their members.

:~|

~Vaish
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 6:20PM Reservoir said

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@extispex I think you need to get over yourself. Heterocentric? Does that word even exist? I understand complaining has become a national pastime but how far are you willing to take it?
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 6:22PM Vgk said

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@extispex And so it begins...
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 6:22PM (Unverified) said

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@extispex

How do you know that's a heterosexual, male identifying dude on the left? Short hair?

Now who's sexist? :P

(sometimes, having friends on the minority politics police pays off ;) )
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 6:33PM NeverDeath said

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@extispex

I lol'd. Everything has to take a stance and make a statement, it falls into a case of ad-hoc ergo propter hoc logical fallacy, with a bit of does not follow. If I go to the store and I pick apple juice, it doesn't mean I hate orange juice, or that I'm saying other people can't enjoy orange juice - but an irrational ingrate might come up to me and start giving me shit about my choice to drink apple juice, because they are so strongly pro-orange juice. Those people are what you call "egocentric morons". Similarly, posting a picture of the most common sexual demographic on the planet - straight people - in regards to an article about dating doesn't mean that some people don't prefer orange juice - ye'savvy?
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 6:43PM Vgk said

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@extispex I'm more concerned about the blatant racism, the picture doesn't include any Asian, Mexican, Black, Jewish, or Tongan; and don't even get me started on the implications this has for interracial relationships
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 6:48PM Deliverator said

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@extispex
Dial 911, I'm being offended!
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 7:18PM extispex said

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I forgot how horribly people respond to calling out sexism on here. About the same thing happened regarding Beau's article.

Here are the problems with the title:

Using the term "gamer" in this instance implies that all "gamers" want to "get" girls. I am not even talking about the statistics they are citing. The title is problematic. It is looking at the entire topic from the straight male perspective. You say, “But that’s who they are sampling!” You are right, that is who they are sampling and reporting on, that does not make them gamers. That makes them straight male gamers. I guess that isn’t as catchy as GAMERS GET GIRLS, and that’s all that matters! How about Gamers Get Gamers as someone mentioned. Or Gamers Date Gamers. Or anything that doesn’t make “gamer” out to be ONLY men who want to “get” girls. It's not only sexist and heterocentric it also screams desperation and justification. "SEE WE ARE TOTALLY HAVING SEX WITH GIRLS. NOT LIKE THOSE OTHER NERDS."

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Thanks but no thanks to the red herring about the male being transgendered or genderqueer.

@NeverDeath
Except these are people that have a historical context, not apples and oranges. Of course everything is super easy when you ignore societal and historical implications! Must be so easy to think and act like that. As a gay gamer I look at that title and I think, “This says gamer. I am a gamer, but I do not date girls. I don’t feel angry, I don’t feel hate (as you put it). It is misrepresenting gamers and it is gross.”

I don’t know why I am typing all of this out anyway. A comment on a gaming website about sexism will just get down voted and dismissed.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 7:26PM (Unverified) said

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@NeverDeath

I just have to ask: ye'savvy?
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 7:28PM Deliverator said

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@extispex
Maybe whoever made the pic and title was straight and male. Is that a problem? Should he not be allowed to express his straight male-ness here?

No - there is no problem with the article. The problem is people looking for every reason possible that they could be offended. Some way to feel like a victim.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 7:36PM extispex said

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@Deliverator

I am pretty sure you are trolling but I'll just post this:

WHOOSH!

That is the sound of everything going right over your head.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 8:23PM NeverDeath said

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@extispex

Crying sexism where it doesn't fit should be dismissed, but it isn't nearly as often as it should be. By your "logic", nobody is allowed to use any words or images at the risk of offending someone. I sincerely feel like George Carlin, in that I eagerly await the coming of some kind of massive self-inflicted doom or widespread disease which wipes out most of the planet, because I feel it's the only way to take people away from the kind of stupidity - which thanks to so much free time and so few concerns - they so pitifully indulge in.

Everyone has such darling sensibilities in this era of our society, it's funny for people like me to see how bent out of shape people like you get about being offended. If physical pain isn't being inflicted upon you against your will, you are as free as a person is ever going to be while surrounded by other people. The problem isn't society, and it isn't sexism, it's people misusing terminologies and playing rhetoric and logical fallacies to try and earn favoritism, and it's so transparent I can scarcely believe that people think they're able to hide behind it. Bottom line - if this is something that actually bothers you, then perhaps you need to get out and experience some life, then come back and tell me this is a harsh and cruel injustice.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 8:41PM Deliverator said

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@extispex
I heard nothing.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 9:00PM Celtar said

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@extispex

Much to do about nothing in my opinion. Getting overly sensitive about every word used by everyone leads to high blood pressure. I am sure that Eliot didn't set out to offend anyone with the silly little 8 bit picture he decided to use.

Your reaction actually is a prime example of the problem today in my opinion. While I think that accepting others (note I don't use the faulty/crappy term of "tolerate") is a good thing, I think that being overly sensitive and looking to correct every fault, imagined or real is a bit much.

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Posted: Mar 22nd 2012 10:45PM Cyroselle said

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@(Unverified) Well played, I like it!

It's like, why think that one sexless avatar is female because they're colored pink?
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Posted: Mar 23rd 2012 1:26AM mutagen64 said

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@NeverDeath

Owned.
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Posted: Mar 23rd 2012 11:58AM Jetflame3 said

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@extispex This....is....ridiculous. You, need to get a life.
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Posted: Mar 23rd 2012 3:06PM Space Cobra said

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@extispex

No, no, you read that wrong.

The words behind them really read, "GAMERS GET GIBLS"

"GIBLS" being "Gay / Independent / Bi / Lesbian / Scholars" !!

;)
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Posted: Mar 23rd 2012 3:08PM Space Cobra said

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@Space Cobra

That or it is the new internet short-hand for "Gibblets"!

;P
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