The Grand Theft Auto 5 Game Essay

1260 Words Dec 4th, 2015 6 Pages
In today’s society many leaps and bounds have been conquered towards equality for both men and women. A lot has changed since the turn of the century. Although there has been much progress there has also been staples of popular culture that have chosen to bring back many of these biases. One of these staples is the Grand Theft Auto 5 video game. As the “most sold game with over 54 million copies sold” (Macy, 2015) the game has been played by many people including myself. However, the popularity of this game does not do anything to change the way women are treated in the game. “The underrepresentation and exploitation of women in gaming culture leads to serious steps backward for gender equality.” (Sherman, 2014) For a game with so much impact and reach one would assume that it would conform somewhat to today’s standards. The Grand Theft Auto 5 game represents younger females through the themes of hegemonic masculinity, the objectification of woman, and the misrepresentation of body image and sexuality.
The first area we want to look at regarding how women are represented in Grand Theft Auto 5 has to do with hegemonic masculinity. Hegemonic masculinity “confers the positive value of maleness and stabilizes a structure of dominance and oppression in the gender order as a whole.” (O’Brien & Szeman, 2014, p.180) This theme helps in understanding the representation of females in the game. The main form of hegemonic masculinity in the game is seen straight away as the audience…

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