And remember: bad practices often become a trend, if not dealt with promptly.
So Anita does actually address the first point throughout her videos. I want to deal with the second point before going into the first although they connected. There is a degree of separation between witnessing something and copying the behaviours witnessed and when it comes to physical acts, that separation is much greater. You have to actually go and commit those actions which, if you are of a good will, you will not follow-through with. We’re also educated by society that violence is not acceptable behaviour, we lament its happenings and try and avoid it wherever possible.
Words are not actions, however. It is easy to speak our mind, to have a conversation and write words down because there is no physical impact of those words. We are not really educated in society. Hell, sometimes the opposite. There’s the idiom “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” What it’s supposed to be is an act of defiance, that violence doesn’t break the will or spirit and primarily against bullying. It is, however, a terrible idiom because of course words hurt people. Perhaps a more appropriate telling of it should be “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but they can heal, however words linger and influence and can be manipulated.”
The impact is that the display of ideas imprints on your mind. This is in all sorts of places, from sexist representations in media, to the narrative of the Muslim terrorist in the news that can create that moment of doubt of “Huh, maybe that guy with the beard who looks like he’s from the Middle East maybe will blow up this train I’m on.” You can argue that they’re not equatable in influence and sure, in some of these cases the impact is minimal, but when in these two specific cases you’re actually looking at a society-wide influence of thought and once that thought takes hold it gets regurgitated and repeated. It’s the tactic that’s the same. So in the case of video games and pretty much all visual media, because let’s be clear here the representation of women is pretty bad across the board, you have this idea that these are the representations women must have, this is how they behave, how they’re displayed etc. etc.
And it’s not just that they’re shown in one piece of media and that’s that. What you have is reinforcement of an idea, it’s all reflexive within society. Society thinks thing, produces content to be digested that highlights thing, society accepts reading of content and thinks thing. It all begins to propagate, regardless of relevance to reality and fairness. Now this might sound quite drastic and over-the-top, but it’s social theory and you can apply it to many things, good and bad. It’s actually been a point argued in this thread before and the answer is essentially the same each time.