I dunno, some bullshit.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, and I think you can explain a LOT about the bad parts of “gamer culture” and “anime culture” and “comic culture” and the like — the straight white guys who live in a Straight White Guy Narrative and react with DEATH THREATS to the very idea that other points of view exist, much less that someone somewhere ought to give time for these points of view — if you view this whole ethos as a kind of selfishness, which is a fairly easy mindset to get into when almost everything in the media takes it for granted that, as per the Straight White Guy Narrative, your sex and ethnicity and sexual orientation is not just “the default kind” but “the only kind.”
I should also stress that none of this is a conscious thought process on the part of people who buy into the Straight White Guy Narrative. It’s more a consequence of how the Narrative works than anything else.
The selfishness works like this:
- According to itself, the Straight White Guy Narrative is not only “objective”, it the only correct way to look at reality, and all other points of view are “subjective”, or in other words, wrong. (This is an extension of human nature; to quote John Kenneth Galbraith, “Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”)
- Everything that isn’t nailed down, according to the Straight White Guy Narrative, was already theirs by god-given right.
- Anything that can be pried loose (that is, reframed so that it fits in the Straight White Guy Narrative when it didn’t already) isn’t nailed down — y’know, things like depictions of female homosexuality (because girl-on-girl is hot, never mind how the “girls” in question actually feel about this), My Little Pony or anything with a large female cast that fulfills the Friedman Addendum to the Bechdel Test (because “they’re cute/sexy”, even if that isn’t the focus in the work itself), and so on.
- Just the concept of something that is “nailed down and can’t be pried loose”, something that’s not just outside the Straight White Guy Narrative but counter to it (depictions of male homosexuality, etc), is as completely alien and unthinkable and incomprehensible as a Lovecraftian outer god’s true form. And, also like an outer god’s true form, seeing it drives them insane.
With the above in mind, it’s relatively easy to see why people who buy into the Straight White Guy Narrative view anything and everything counter to it as A Menace Which Must Be Stopped At All Costs, not because it’s actually dangerous in any realistic way, but because it breaks the Narrative by demonstrating that it isn’t the only way to look at the world.
It doesn’t actually excuse this attitude in any way shape or form, but at least it’s one possible explanation, I guess?
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