(PJMedia) A new study published by University of Waterloo Assistant Professor Gerald Voorhees worries that men, especially men who play first-person shooter games, may be perpetuating “toxic” and “neoliberal masculinities.”
The study argues that eSports — otherwise known as competitive gaming — “inclucates a neoliberal masculinity that borrows facets of hegemonic, subordinate, and even counterhegemonic masculinity” among its players.
While eSports may seem like a fringe hobby, Voorhees told PJ Media that an increasing number of Canadian students play. The growth is no doubt due to a number of factors such as the rise of Twitch and increased Internet access in rural parts of Canada.
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