Women Are Prizes in Video Games — and That Should Bother You
It practically goes without saying why this is a problem. Video games are supposed to be art — or entertainment, at least — for everyone, but some of the most popular, multimillion-dollar franchises on the planet communicate, full stop, that women are worth less than men. They are prizes to be claimed through feats of gameplay: Mario beats Bowser and Princess Peach kisses him. They’re treated like power-ups: Watch a prostitute perform oral sex on your character in “Grand Theft Auto V” and your character’s attributes improve.