I must say, I have drawn a lot less ire in posting here, as opposed to my thread on the tekken site I frequent and it’s possible that you are right, RoninChaos. I’ll repost something from the other thread here in case anyone was wondering what I was really trying to say here.
Again, thanks for checking out this thread and engaging in the dialogue.
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Cobra and others,
It’s good to point out that in-group solidarity and self-segregation draws attention to differences between people, and in that way, it can undercut efforts toward true harmony and equality.
However, when a group of people is slandered, mocked, called inferior, or referred to as an abomination, those people might try to contradict oppressive messages, and defend themselves with a statement of defensive pride: "damn right that’s what I am."
The value of gay pride is in it’s social defiance, its advocacy for a wider, more complete view of the human subject and its support of nonconformity. Like anything, it can reverse itself and become an opportunity for conformity, but that’s a very different issue.
A gaming site made by and for members of a minority group could be thought of as a zone of acceptance, a statement of solidarity, and most importantly as an object to promote self-acceptance and humanization. If the website’s existence makes some kind of political statement, even a dim and boring statement, more power to that.
There is not a similar context or a similar need for a “heterosexual gamers” site. There is no need for a separate website for people who “are heterosexual” and there is no need to PROMOTE the acceptance of heterosexuality. There is no need for heterosexual pride because given the social context, it would not be a statement of defiance, ego-defense, and non-conformity (though in some contexts it may be).
I would also argue that a gay-gamers site is more needed than other “minority group” websites because homosexuality is particularly dissed and targeted with bullshit. You can call it joking around, hate speech, or even say that it’s just social friction that anyone should be able to tolerate…that being said, the gay community get’s it pretty bad, so therefore, there is a particular need for this type of site, and particular strength in the statement.
When the cultural status quo is sadly, that gay people are human-garbage, statements of solidarity and pride become very relevant.
More power to Metro-Gamer.
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