Sexism. Why is it seen as right?

Sexism. Why is it seen as right?

You know what’s annoying me? People being sexist. Towards me, towards my friends, towards anyone.
I work in video game retail and I get comments or remarks about being a female. Sometimes they aren’t nasty comments or aren’t suppose to come across in a certain way, but they do.

‘Oh, you work in a video game store?’

‘It’s nice to see women working here, too’. – I know that this was meant as a good thing and almost a compliment as the customer said that seeing a female is more approachable and comfortable for her. I understand that completely, that’s great to hear but why should it even need to be said in the first place? Β There should never even be that barrier or have to cross someone’s mind?

‘You play video games?’ – men will often ask you this, and seem very shocked at the fact that women actually play video games. This is the 21st century, it’s nothing new and there’s no rules on who can and can’t play! Or I even get the ‘I didn’t expect you to be a gamer’ or ‘I didnt think you looked like a gamer’ – why not? Why do I have to look a certain way to be able to play them? Do I even need to look a certain way? No. It’s just that sadly, that’s how society is wired to think half of the time!

The other thing that can be irritating, is that I work with the majority of men. So yes, we all have a joke and a laugh about each other but then there’s that line of what you can say to each other. I had the comment ‘Yes, I’m a male. I can do exactly what you do, and much much MUCH more..’ – and that really annoyed me. I know it wasn’t said seriously, it was part joke but the fact that someone even thinks that in the first place.. And this was said in front of several customers, which was really embarrassing for me. You could see the look on their faces too, some were slightly horrified at what was said and others just laughed it off as a joke.Β It shouldn’t be a joke in the first place.

In fact, I can do exactly what you do, no matter what and nothing is stopping me. Why should someone be seen as inferior just because of their gender? Or even whilst on the case, by someone’s race or sexuality? Oh, I’m smaller, lighter and maybe physically weaker than you? That doesn’t meant that I cannot do anything that you can.

It’s like, I use to do kickboxing years ago but still, men don’t really take you seriously if you say that to them. Why not? Women can be just as strong, there’s so many women that give the men a run for their money.

I am not usually someone that goes on and on about equality, sexism, how others are treated.. I usually keep it to myself, but recently I have had to vent about it. I do not stand for any crap from people, I will not let someone talk me down and treat me unfairly. If they do, yes it can upset me but I like to let them realise that they are in the wrong and should not treat others the same. They would not like it if it was them, people need to learn where the line is between joking and knocking people down.

Huge rant over! I just thought that some of you would appreciate this post and even have some experiences to share πŸ™‚
Zoe
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  1. December 31, 2015 / 3:37 am

    Honestly, when I started seeing more women working at EB, Gamestop, etc. I found it to be a pleasant surprise! (Not only because it was much more pleasing to look at than

  2. December 31, 2015 / 3:41 am

    another sweaty manchild) Because it was refreshing to know that there were more women out there who knew what they were talking about, played as good and better, and who werent afraid to be themselves and not what women are held down to be. I liked your post a lot!!

    • December 31, 2015 / 8:50 am

      Aww thank you, P2D2!
      I really enjoy working at a game store and being able to talk about what I enjoy doing, it doesn’t feel like work!
      But recently just a few comments are getting to me, not me personally but the fact that it happens in general anyway!

      Thank you, I was a little nervous posting this! πŸ™‚

      Sometimes we’ll get a customer that needs held with DS Games, and people will go ‘Zoe can help you out there’, just assuming that because I’m a girl, I know everything about DS games haha.. Yes I know about Animal Crossing but that’s about it! But I guess I can talk about even more things than some πŸ˜‰

  3. May 11, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    I used to work at Gamestop, too. There were so many times were customers outright ignored me, or asked for someone who knew what they were talking about. I was a *little* out of place, because PC gaming was more what I was into, and that was about the time that Steam starting picking up, and nobody really needed to buy a physical game, so I kinda just missed my true helpfulness.

    • May 12, 2016 / 8:33 am

      That’s for your comment honeymustardseeds! πŸ˜€

      I guess that’s your specialism though, we use to get people coming in and asking about PC games although we sold hardly any! I guess they just wanted to chat with likeminded people maybe? πŸ™‚

      But definitely! I get the ‘Can I speak to someone who knows what they’re talking about?’ all of the time!

      I just to work at Halfords (a car parts store) and I’d get it all of the time! They wouldn’t trust me if I told them which wiper blades or anything..

      It’s pretty annoying isn’t it?!

      • May 12, 2016 / 4:48 pm

        A parts store? They even have computers that tell you what you need if you just put in the vehicle information, right?

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