Sexism is Still Prevalent in Gaming
One of the leading companies in entertainment devices and software for gamers, and my personal favorite, alienated a portion of their fanbase today. The person(s) who maintain Razer’s Facebook account, posted a sexist image implying that all gamers are male.
The picture shows what appears to be a shelf in a closet. On one side there are numerous Razer device boxes and on the other, Louis Vutton purses and bags. The caption reads: His and hers
Many people are insulted, rightfully so. I think, honestly, the best thing to come out of it, is to see some men stand up for their fellow gamers.
Despite the flood of offended commentors, Razer took at least 8 hours to remove the image from their Facebook timeline. At the time of this post, no apology has been issued on their Facebook, Twitter, or website.
To post this image, only perpetuates the gender roles set by society. This only shows that Razer seeks to impress their male fan base rather than all of their consumers or couldn’t care less about their female fans. Whoever is in charge of the Facebook account, hoped to grab a few chuckles and instead offended much of their audience.
As a big fan of Razer and their products, I’m appalled. Female gamers have enough to deal with from some sexist male gamers in online matches or in person. We are still looked down on by a lot of our peers. Instead of accepting us as we are, we are, somehow, expected to prove ourselves or bow down to the males. This sort of post is certainly not something I’d expect from a company like Razer. A company that supposedly supports and sponsors females sure has a funny way of showing it.
I had plans to buy a Razer Deathstalker Ultimate for my birthday. Unless Razer does some serious damage control and apologizes for their gross negligence, I will not be purchasing another Razer product. I’m certainly not the only one that feels that way.
What did you think of Razers post?
EDIT: Razer has issued a statement on the Reddit post. http://rzr.to/EhKTx
This is less of an apology and more of an excuse as to why it was posted. Some people are still upset over the issue.