I'll actually accept that criticism. I dislike the argument of "How can people get upset about X when Y is a much bigger problem facing the world", but as far as gender rights are concerned, I do find it very difficult to accept the seriousness of the angst in gaming forums when I live in a world where sex tourism, trafficking, denying women access to education or healthcare, biased labour laws and other gender issues still exist.
Coming from the Middle East, I can understand that.
It doesn't make the problems women face in the "western" world any less real and any less grave.
No, but if someone states that some fact is evidence of discrimination against one particular social group, such as women, when the same or a directly equivalent fact also applies equally to the OPPOSITE social group, the initial argument is void. It's as though a profiler looking into a serial killing sees that 6 of the 10 victims were women and determines that the killer is clearly targeting women. Cherry-picking facts to fit an agenda distorts the truth, it doesn't add to it.
Depends on the rationale behind these acts. If a serial killer's victims are 60% women, but he killed them because they were women, then he is misogynistic.
Likewise if in a job a woman is paid less than a man despite having the same qualifications and performance, then it's misogynistic. If a male politician is criticized for his policies while a female politician is criticized for her looks or that she isn't at her house (and this happened in Canada in a case I studied), then there is a misogynistic aspect to it. When a man, no matter how poor and of "low status", is considered a legal person when a woman of even higher ranking is not, then the misogyny is clear.
Problem with your argument and that of others is that when someone says that s society is misogynistic, you jump to the conclusion that we are implying that this is the only thing wrong with it and that women are the only victims of oppression, when no one claimed or even implied that. A society can be misogynistic, racist, aristocratic....etc all at once.
It's like saying that Athens wasn't misogynistic because it not only denied women the right to vote, but also foreigners. Well no, it's both misogynistic and xenophobic all at once.