The Yes Woman: I’m gaming for a laugh, away from the vile misogyny

The constant bombardment of images of dumb, slack-jawed women in various states of undress put me off gaming for a long time. Now I’m back

‘I loved games as a child. My brother and I would sit cross-legged on the floor, and battle it out as supernatural ninjas, or race cars until the virtual fight would turn to real-life fisticuffs.’ Photograph: Dennis Hallinan via Getty Images

‘I loved games as a child. My brother and I would sit cross-legged on the floor, and battle it out as supernatural ninjas, or race cars until the virtual fight would turn to real-life fisticuffs.’ Photograph: Dennis Hallinan via Getty Images

Men and women tend to be different. We can never seem to fully decide whether these differences are inherent, or whether social norms and teachings permeate us at a tender age, the accepted doctrines about gender seeping under our skin and taking hold. Perhaps it is a combination of both.

However it has occurred, we’re all aware of certain things in which we are expected to have an interest. If you’re male, for example, you are supposed to like “manly” things. If you don’t, many people will judge you. The harshness of their judgment is largely dependent on where you live and when. Heaven forfend you should have a partiality for using cuticle oil, or some other emasculating habit.

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