Furthermore, when I write something like the Best Reads of the Week series I want everyone to understand that of the bloggers I surveyed that these individuals - regardless of the sexual orientation, gender, or race - were the best that week and that what those authors wrote got my attention and really excited my imagination. Every article that I have ever linked to in the series has been chosen expressly because of its own merits and not for any other reason. I've featured links to articles by homosexuals, straights, bisexuals, men, women, trans-gendered, and people of practically every race under the sun and every single one of them was selected based solely on their ideas and natural talents.
I know that my reasoning will not be sufficient for everyone who reads this post, and I'm open to discussing it with anyone who want to explore the subject. Hell, I'm even willing to add your opinions to this post to help further develop the conversation when you make a really good point; but for right now, this is my reasoning for why I don't focus on such things.
+Mateo Diaz Torres joined the discussion earlier today and had these salient points to add to the conversation:
Look, I want to say this in a public setting where anyone can come across it. If you think it's okay to act out your power fantasies by raping a female character than you need to fuck right off. You're not being funny, or clever; you're just being a dick bag.I definitely don't think you're under any obligation to highlight anyone, but I think people do have potentially good reasons for doing it. It isn't necessarily degrading and discriminatory like some of your blog commenters have said.1. People do get their work and ideas dismissed based on their race/gender/sexual and gender identity. Highlighting marginalized creators can bring attention people deserve based on the merit of their work.2. People get scared off from the hobby. With some regularity, I see women who dropped out of groups or even gaming because of the amount of rape directed at their characters (emphasis added), and less threateningly, a lot of gamers seem to think women are mysterious aliens. "Hey, look, there are women/gay people/Latinos in the hobby, too" can go a long way to attracting more people into the fold.In both of these cases, the highlighter (for lack of a better word) is bringing attention to people on the merit of their work, and trying to pull people into the hobby based on their interest in games.