warrior womyn

People need to realize that there are differences between men and women and that is okay.

A job that is male-dominated is okay.
That does not stop a female from working there.

A job that is female-dominated is okay.
That does not stop a male from working there.

If a character trait is more common in men, that is okay. That does not mean a woman can’t have that trait.

If a character trait is more common in women, that is okay. That does not mean a man can’t have that trait.

Skyrim is SO misogynistic

I started playing Skyrim for the first time yesterday, and I was just disgusted by how much misogyny there is. Like, I could barely make it past the opening it’s so gross.

So the game starts up and I was enjoying designing my strong female character. So far so good (well, there are no options to be trans/disabled/nonbinary, so yeah…). Then, suddenly, I’m about to be executed.

Yup. Within SECONDS of creating a female character, you’ve already had your power stripped from you, and you’re at the mercy of a MAN.

Ok, I thought. Maybe it gets better?

Nope. You only survive because a dragon intervenes (who’s almost CERTAINLY a male, since dragons are a male power fantasy).  THEN, you have to be rescued by TWO MORE MEN, and ESCORTED through a cave, because CLEARLY a woman can’t handle it herself.

By this point I’m filled with rage, but I keep playing. Everyone loves this game, so it HAS to get better, right?

But the worst was yet to come. I FINALLY made it away from those men and reached the nearest city, and I was instantly assaulted. Guards all around me, saying things like “What do you need?” “Trouble?” and “"Watch the skies, traveler.”. I’d barely entered the city, and everyone already assumes that because I’m a woman, I need guards to protect me, because I MUST be weak and fragile! Then, they starting saying things like “"I’d be a lot warmer and a lot happier with a bellyful of mead…“ and "Could sure use a warm bed right about now…”, expecting me to get them drinks and sleep with them, simply because I’m a woman. I thought I was going to save the world, but APPARENTLY all I’m good for is fetching food and fucking.

I was practically in tears by this point, but it got worse. Once the guards realized that I wasn’t going to fawn over them, they grew hostile, until one of them said “You come up to me, fists raised? You looking for a beating?” Yes, the game actually uses violence against women as a casual conversation piece.  That was when I had to stop playing.

One final note: This is how your character dresses.

As a woman, you run around in your underwear, because CLEARLY the most important for a strong womyn warrior to do is make sure the men around her get a good show while she fights. Who needs protection?

I’m beyond disgusted by how this game portrays women. It’s obvious now why all the gamers love it, and it’s nothing to do with the game play. I’m never playing this, or any other Bethesda games, again, and I strongly suggest you do the same.