March 2, 2015
In this episode, we take a look at Rek'Sai, a champion in the online game League of Legends. As one of the most popular video games in the world, League of Legends is leading the gaming industry in more ways than one. Rek'Sai is a demonstration of how Riot Games is working to diversify the way gender is depicted in games. Though Rek'Sai is a visually genderless creature, Riot Games decided to make her female, forcing gamers who would have otherwise assumed she was male first to rethink their assumptions of gender.
The main subject of the episode concerns the Men's Rights Movement. The movement has seen a lot of popularity in recent years and it has caused a fair bit of controversy. Generally seen as a feminist-bashing task-force, the Men's Rights Movement has gained a lot of enemies. However, there are a number of positive aspects about the movement, and its members raise a lot of important questions about men and how they are viewed in our culture.
I identify the various Men's Rights Movements, what their basic goals are, and how they differ from each other. I discuss why feminist and other groups dislike the movement, as well as the upsides to the movement and why it should be taken seriously.
Romeo And... generally focuses on male narratives (both fictional and non-fictional), though this episode is more of a lecture on the Men's Movement. As the Romeo And... podcast covers the depiction of men in the media as well as gender discrimination regarding men, I felt it was important to discuss the Men's Movement because closely pertains to the subjects I cover in the podcast.
- Rek'Sai image courtesy of Riot Games - http://news.cdn.leagueoflegends.com/public/images/pages/rs/img/RS_WP.jpg
- 27 million people watched the League of Legends World Championships - The Daily Dot - http://www.dailydot.com/esports/league-of-legends-world-championships-viewership-numbers/
- League of Legends Wiki - http://leagueoflegends.wikia.com/wiki/League_of_Legends_Wiki
- Men's Movement Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men%27s_movement
- The Red Pill Reddit - http://www.reddit.com/r/TheRedPill/
- The More You Know jingle - Courtesy of NBC Universal
- March 2, 2015