The abysmal portrayal of Women in GTA Games


Almost two decades have been completed since this game was first launched. It had brought some new features with time in its version, but the only thing that remained constant is the "representation of women" in an extremely explicit way that had created multiple vague notions in the community through its users. Women are being represented constantly in an ambiguous way in this game. The characters were given to show them as Strippers, prostitutes or they wanted to become a pronstar. They were shown as abusive creatures, wearing short dresses, walking with having a particular kind of gait assigned to them that seems to be surprising altogether. The more interesting thing is that in all the series GTA games that they introduced, not even a single woman was given a protagonist character at all. The leading character is male in it. Women were just used on such posters prominently.

Furthermore, constant objectification of women in such way clearly addresses to misogynist mindset. The four main founders of Rockstar Studio(which produces GTA) are all male. The whole development team consists of more than 1000 game developers and 80% of them are male. So it is a kind of male-dominated environment they had created and they are portraying women in whatever way they want without any resistance. This also helped them to create a nonsense gender prominence stereotype that "Only men can play these games". This created notion also hyped up overloaded hate against women not in just GTA but in the whole gaming community. Despite the fact that games are meant for escape from reality and people play them just for entertainment but this is what they are serving in the form of entertainment.

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