Monday, September 1, 2014

The Irony is, They Aren't Teaching Girls Equality

They're giving them a complex about it. My daughter (she's 5) sang this part of a song this weekend for the first time "boys can *insert whatever action* and girls can too!" So she'll skip along and sing "boys can skip and girls can too!" or "boys can jump and girls can too!" etc. I asked her where she learned this song and she said it was at school last year (SK, she starts grade 1 tomorrow, which seems insane but that's for another topic). Now, on the face of it, this seems like a great message to be sending little girls. And my initial though actually was in this vein "oh, cool, they start early with the equality now, that's good." Something to that effect. I mean, a main focus of my parenting style is to avoid limiting her; encourage her interests and objects of curiosity- never repress them.

Not long after this though, my (fuckin unstoppable and often annoying) need to question goddamn fucking everything woke up from its nap and started the process. It's tentative conclusion? That this might be doing less teaching about equality and more introducing the idea of gender inequality, leading to an immediate (and gender wide) inferiority complex. The central question here then, if my goal is to find out if I am on the right track or not, is simply is there an inherent, ingrained idea of gender inequality amongst young children which necessitates this kind of teaching, or does the post feminism practise of teaching equality from a young age actually just introduce the idea of inequality in them and do the opposite of what it tries to?

What do you think?

11 comments:

  1. So true, all of it. Its all the more damning because a transexual is saying it.

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  2. Find an enemy respawning point. Beat then, leave and come back as many times as you like. Thats how I got good.

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  3. You're looking into it an awful lot, but you're not wrong. I see it as a gynocentric song. Its always about what girls can do and then comparing it to boys and always trying to follow it for who knows what fucking purpose--which I guess is your point. Whoa.

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  4. Even if studios like Platinum, Sony Santa Monica, or Ninja theory had perfect controls, the game still wouldnt compare to Ninja Gaiden.

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  5. I remember seeing the first gameplay footage of NG3 and I was like WTF? QTEs and wall climbing were and ARE completely counter to the way Itagaki made games, and the way game should be made. The story may have been ridiculous but a quiet and kill em all Ryu was all that was needed. Apparently Razor's Edge righted a lot of wrong and brought back more weapons, blood and dismemberment. The series can only be stagnant with Itagaki gone, but its something Im willing to accept so long as it remains stagnant.


    Here's hoping for a Next Gen Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2 double pack.

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  6. NFS MW was a legit late gen game from the PS2 Xbox era. It looked phenomenal and is a shining example of the quality that can come to a console in its 4th and 5th year. I think the 360/PS3 generation generally sucked. I didnt like any of it. The consoles were cheap and made from those shit multicore in order Power PC CPUs, though the GPUs in them, especially the 360's unified shaders, were top notch.


    There's something about Unreal Engine games that turn me off. They all suck. They've all had wretched texture pop in, sub par frame rates and they dont render anything. They just look good in screen shot form but in motion its a goddamn mess. On the opposite end of the spectrum you have a custom engine with good art direction, see Halo CE, Panzer Dragoon Orta and any Team Ninja game.


    Im glad that generation is over. Given the state of blockbuster titles and mobile gaming I doubt we'll see much innovation, but with X86 AMD CPUs powering the XB1 and PS4 the future looks good.

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  7. TL:DR GW2 was shit.

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  8. I just question the notion that boys already have this idea of girls being inferior by the age of 5.

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  9. Ya, too bad no one is listening.

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  10. I have since re-played Mass Effect 2 and I absolutely LOVED it the second time around. I'm currently playing ME3 and I think Mass Effect might be the best thing from the last gen. Unbelievably good.

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