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I think the distinction you made is key. I know some gamer males that do objectify women in both reality and fantasy but they are so few, so rare,such an anomaly that I can say if I had to make a sweeping statement in general gamer males on a whole do not objectify women in reality but, yes, like you said... fantasy is a whole other ballgame. I think that many women cannot see the distinction between the two because they feel that one will bleed into the other. I could see that as a possibility but again, I don't think it would be common place.
I agree with you on all points here, especially the sweaty teenaged desperate phone calls that rarely ever actually got to the ringing stage, let alone the asking out stage, to the fact of objectification. While it's true that there is undoubtedly objectification (which I think is more oversimplicification in general of roles and archetypes and whatnot) of women in video games, it also exists for men as well. The men in video games are, often as not, ripped-up all-powerful badasses and are just as "objectified" visually as females.Sadly, the internet commentary around specifically Lara Croft is another sad example of the boasting edge-pushing culture that exists in its underbelly. I shudder to think what the comments would have been like had there been internet during the Inquisition or Holocaust or other horrific instances of human history.
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