Genre: Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Feminism
Target Audience: Teen to Adult
Warnings: The harsh reality women face
Rating: 4 out of 5
Megan examines the toxic masculinity women, pocs, and people of different sexual orientations face in the gaming community.
I received a free copy of this book through netgalley for my full and honest review.
I’ll be honest in saying this was a hard read for me. I’ve been playing video games since I was two years old. It’s something that is a very big part of my life. Problem is I’ve faced a lot of the toxic masculinity described in this book. As a female who enjoys gaming, you’re treated like an oddity by the community which is bullshit but it’s, unfortunately, the truth.
Megan does an interesting examination of the whys behind the actions of males and even females who participate in this behavior. You learn about all sorts of absolutely disgusting incidents that have sadly become a meme, a joke, or forgotten about completely.
I do wish that with all the discussions behind the whys of such behavior that there would have been a conversation about the effects of such behavior aside from ‘such and such woman was harassed’. Women go through such hardships in the community that I feel it’s an injustice not to talk about the everyday mental effects such actions have on them.
Also somehow dick pics never made it into mention. Which I find a little odd. Still, overall the book is really solid and the psychological research provides interesting insight. I’d recommend this to all who want to learn a bit more about pop culture and feminism.