For years stereotypes surrounding video game players and their preferences have painted a misogynist culture of predominantly male enthusiasts encouraging the portrayal of sexualized female characters.

This is now changing. A study conducted by education consultant Rosalind Wiseman and games writer Ashley Burch reveals that out of 1,400 United States players, 47% of middle schoolers and 61% of high school boys agree that women are too sexualized in the gaming culture.

Many assumptions have been created upon the premise that male gamers only want to play male characters and gaze at females, while girls would prefer to only play female characters.

In fact, as both groups age, this preference dwindles. According to more findings, 70% of girls and 78% of boys say they don't care about the gender of the characters they play.

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