The American Enterprise Institute, which has been described as a right-wing conservative think-tank, has chimed in on the current feminist debate within the gaming industry. In an episode of the organisation’s “Factual Feminist” YouTube show, “resident scholar” Christina Hoff Sommers attempts to dissect the current debate and downplay commentaries such as those found in Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs Women in Video Games.
Sommers believes that video gaming is still a male dominated sphere and as such the now outdated portrayal of women as trophies or sex objects is something that should be allowed. She calls for a distinction between “casual” gamers and “serious” gamers, arguing that women are more likely to play casual titles like Angry Birds and Bejeweled, and therefore men should be allowed their more serious titles like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto. She calls Sarkeesian and the like “video game gender police” and accuses them of being “harsh, intolerant and relentless” in their quest to make “male video game culture die”.
Sommers accuses Sarkeesian of “cherry picking” examples to prove a point. She then goes on to say that she has “spent the last few weeks” getting to know “gamer culture” and can conclude that feminist reaction to the industry is much ado about nothing.
You can watch the AEI video below.