I twittered about this earlier, but sometimes it feels as though talking about misogyny in this industry is like dealing with Groundhog Day: there seems to be a continuous reset, a collective male amnesia around the issue. As if, when a woman speaks out, it’s for the first time and everyone is shocked. Just shocked, I tell you. Sexism exists? OH MY GOD.
FAKE GEEK GUYS: A MESSAGE TO MEN ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT
By Andy Khouri
“I think this woman is wrong about something on the Internet. Clearly my best course of action is to threaten her with rape.”
That’s crazy talk, right? So why does it happen all the time?
Honest question, dudes.
That women are harassed online is not news. That women in comics and the broader fandom cultures are harassed online is not news. That these women are routinely transmitted anonymous messages describing graphic sexual violence perpetrated upon them for transgressions as grave as not liking a thing… that is actually news to me, and it’s probably news to a lot of you guys reading this.
So what do we do about it?
This is important.
New York times on this: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/us/politics/senate-republicans-block-bill-on-equal-pay.html
There are more charts if you click through.
It took me a long time to realise why the male age line isn’t straight, but it’s because the years along the bottom axis aren’t equally spaced. Good visualisation of a depressing point, otherwise.
The evolution of girl gamers
Boy gamers are so self-centered they act as though women haven’t been playing video games for decades, and then act horrified when the female gamers who have always been there actually become visible and vocal about the rampant misogyny that has infected the gaming world.
Like seriously, how entitled do you have to be that women saying “it sure would be nice if I wasn’t treated like shit while enjoying the games I play” translates to “I must be catered to” when video games have LITERALLY been catered to men for decades?
- 1993 - 64% of girls reported playing video games
- 1996 - "home use had increased for fourth grade girls"
- 1998 - "both male and female adolescents play video games on a regular basis."
- 1999 - "88% of the female college students … surveyed were video game players."
- 2007 - 20-47% of adolescent girls play video games
- 2008 - "94% of girls play video games"
- 2010 - "Forty percent of all game players are women."
- 2012 - "Women 18 or older represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (30%) than boys age 17 or younger"
- 2013 -"adult women are nearly half of all video game players"
I didn’t get all the dates, but I think you can get the point.
Also considered posting my own personal gaming history, but I would’ve had to go back to the 80s for that. e_e
Been playing since I was old enough to hold the NES controller.
Jesus, when my mom was pregnant with me, she spent most of her time craving hamburgers and playing Colecovision. That was THIRTY YEARS AGO. And also explains a lot about how I turned out.
I like that whoever made this chart started in N64 times. Like, little boy, I have been gaming before you were even conceived. Sorry that I’d also like to play a lady sometimes after I put in 27 years into this shit
My mom didn’t play games much but I do know she enjoyed Tetris and played Super Mario Bros on the NES for a while.
When I was in elementary school and my grandmother was visiting I would pretend that while playing Duck Hunt I was catching ducks for dinner. I was maybe 7 or 8 in the early 90s doing this.
My first gameboy was a yellow bodied Gameboy, it wasn’t a Pikachu gamebody. At some point Nintendo went from gray bodies to colored bodies before the Pocket came out, that’s what I played Pokemon on. A non-pikachu, yellow gameboy.
Games are for everyone, people need to stop pretending that half the population doesn’t like something so fucking arbitrarily.
Men want what they want.
So much of our culture caters to giving men what they want. A high school student invites model Kate Upton to attend his prom, and he’s congratulated for his audacity. A male fan at a Beyoncé concert reaches up to the stage to slap her ass because her ass is there, her ass is magnificent, and he wants to feel it. The science fiction fandom community is once again having a heated discussion, across the Internet, about the ongoing problem of sexual harassment at conventions — countless women are telling all manner of stories about how, without their consent, they are groped, ogled, lured into hotel rooms under false pretenses, physically lifted off the ground, and more.
But men want what they want. We should all lighten up.
It’s hard not to feel humorless as a woman and a feminist, to recognize misogyny in so many forms, some great and some small, and know you’re not imagining things. It’s hard to be told to lighten up because if you lighten up any more, you’re going to float the fuck away. The problem is not that one of these things is happening, it’s that they are all happening, concurrently and constantly.
These are just songs. They are just jokes. They are just movies. It’s just a hug. They’re just breasts. Smile, you’re beautiful. Can’t a man pay you a compliment? In truth, this is all a symptom of a much more virulent cultural sickness — one where women exist to satisfy the whims of men, one where a woman’s worth is consistently diminished or entirely ignored.
Jared Rosen for Indiestatik:
This is the story of the most expensive, most highly produced game jam in the history of the video game industry, and how it was dismantled by a single man.
Despite some initial weirdness, all early indicators said this was going to go over fine. I checked the schedule and the prizing for any reason it might go otherwise and was greeted with some confusion – the prizes themselves. Every challenge had an item that would go to the winning team, but they ranged from Mountain Dew “Dew Packs” (we never found out what these were) to a free pass into Microsoft’s Xbox One indie developer program (which every single person present either had or could get with a phone call).
Davey was forced to take off his nail polish because he couldn’t hold the can with it on. Zoe had to take off the buttons she usually wears on her jacket, but shouted down a PA who tried to make her cover her tattoos. The Arcane Kids were screamed at for not holding bottles right, while the entire group was lectured on how to properly smile like you’re enjoying the product – a product that everyone was enjoying less and less. The slow train wreck of faces flipping into scowls marked only the beginning of what would soon turn into an utter shitshow.
Then the computers started breaking. The rigs were the same ones I use to capture game footage for reviews, normally fairly powerful machines able to handle huge processing loads, but someone had filled them with unregistered copies of Premiere and flooded everything with viruses. One machine instantly crashed when the USC team tried to plug a USB stick into it, halting production for almost an hour as assistants scrambled to purchase licenses and wipe the malware. The YouTubers, meanwhile, had a different problem: their headsets were extremely low quality (challenge one was creating a Let’s Play) and were, as every single one of them said, “Worthless,” with Mark recording himself talking into his cell phone receiver and playing it back as an example of more quality technology. Somehow most of the issues were resolved, but the scene was embarrassing for every human in that room – affiliation be damned.
Challenge two rolled around – an arts and crafts style affair that would be judged by Joe, Kellee, and Nidhogg creative director Mark Essen, and the toll began to sink in. The devs were tired. Their energy was quickly waning, and their ability to code well was being jeopardized by the excessive pageantry. There was will left to go on, but it was fading fast… then, once again, Matti.
“Two of the other teams have women on them. Do you think they’re at a disadvantage?”
Silence. It was like the wind was sucked out of the room behind the barrier, but the floor was so loud only the two all-male teams heard the question. Mark answered diplomatically that the teams actually had a huge advantage by having more viewpoints, though everyone was strong regardless because of their skill. Matti cut him off, pulled back the camera, and coughed, “Stop filming. We’re not getting a story here.”
It went on down the line. Is Zoe off her game? Are women coders a disadvantage to their groups? Point by point the questions were shot down, until he reached Adriel’s team and asked if they were at any sort of advantage by having a pretty girl with them.
I cannot begin to impress upon you the psychological effect this line had on everyone. The idea that these professionals, who stake their livelihoods on code and design, might be reduced to “pretty faces” and antiquated gender stereotypes, an idea perpetuated by the guy who was ostensibly in charge, was like hitting the biggest nerve in the history of nerves with a pneumonic drill. Adriel built shit that flies around in space. It’s probably flying around in space right now.
She erupted, and Matti once more pulled back his camera, making sure to privately half-apologize that he “marched with the women in the 70’s” with “flowers in his hair.” Finally he cornered Zoe with a camera as everyone left for dinner, trying one last time to get a rise out of her. She told him to go fuck himself and marched off set. And that is precisely when everyone else realized something was wrong.
It took around twenty minutes for the man with flowers in his hair to storm out of the building sans job, his trilby, director’s scarf and lit e-cig marking the last time I’d see him. But the damage was done. Akira Thompson (organizer of many LA-developer events) and Kellee were rapidly notified of the brewing situation, and Zoe pulled me aside with Davey and Tom as she demanded Matti’s head on a stick. Adriel was livid. Robin wanted blood. And as the developers shared experiences the others didn’t know about, a strange thing began to happen between them that at once solidified what games are all about, and doomed Polaris and Maker’s program. They formed ranks, and revolted.
This is an incredible story about the unmaking of a reality show. I’m so proud of my friends for walking out of this shitshow.
Oh you stupid shitfucks, this is what happens when you’re shitfucks.
When I say something that should not be controversial
Why aren’t 50% of coal miners women? Why not 50% of janitors or pest control workers? Don’t forget front line military!
Likewise, why aren’t men 50% of college enrollment and 50% of teachers?
We should eliminate the stupid “personal choice” thing because forcing people into certain professions is way more fun.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT FORCING PEOPLE INTO PROFESSIONS
THIS IS ABOUT WOMEN GOING INTO SCIENCE BEING DISCOURAGED
THIS IS ABOUT WOMEN BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST
FIRST, WHAT GBT SAID.^
FUNNY YOU SHOULD MENTION WOMEN COAL MINERS. BECAUSE I STUDY THEM. AND GUESS WHAT?
Women had to fight court cases to be allowed into coal mines as workers. Once a few women paved the way, thousands of women followed in short suit because on average, their incomes increased 500% over working as domestic workers, doing textile piecework and waitressing. Some saw their income jump 1000%.
Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find women have been mining coal for centuries. They were pushed out in the Victorian period because the mansplainers of the day could tolerate women wielding such a phallic object as a shovel underground with male workers present. And wearing pants! Still, women disguised themselves as men to work in the mines.
Oh, and World War II. Where did all the coal come from then? Oh, that’s right. Women. Women who were expected to stand aside and let the men take their jobs when the war was over and were denied benefits when they later developed black lung.
I feel like some people don’t realize the kind of discouragement women receive. It’s not like people stop them from majoring in science every chance they get, though that wouldn’t surprise me.
My brilliant friend was told she was trying to invade the “boys club of science” as an undergraduate by a male graduate student at a school not exactly hard to get into. She’s now studying at John Hopkins btw.
I know someone who was denied her degree by a man she had studied under because she switched labs since he was constantly commenting on her appearance and asking her out. When she tried to report him to the department head, she was told she dressed too revealingly and was just too flirty. In the end she got her degree because the other board members pressured him.
Another friend was constantly getting asked out by her boss but she couldn’t leave the lab because she needed the money.
The science itself can be sexist. In neuroscience, most experiments focus on males. The reason generally given: it’s easier. The menstrual cycle does have an influence on the brain but instead of looking into it, it’s widely ignored.
Can vouch for the science boys’ club thing…going from my undergrad (where the chemistry dept is mostly female professors, my research advisor was female, fellow researchers were all female) to grad school (male advisor, all male research group, and we shared lab space with another male-led all male group) was really intimidating and I felt really out of place. I didn’t feel like I could ask anyone for help and just felt really stupid in general.
Oh my god, I wonder why the military isn’t 50% women? Could it have anything to do with THE MASSIVE SEXUAL ASSAULT PROBLEM COUPLED WITH THE MASSIVE COVERING UP OF SEXUAL ASSAULTS PROBLEM? BUT SURE PERSONAL CHOICE BLAH BLAH BLAH WHAT IS CONTEXT.
Hello. I’m a female bodied US Army vet.
While sexual assault is a real and pervasive issue in the military, experience suggests the relative lack of women results from sociocultural factors outside the military (IE, social expectations and access to economic opportunity), as well as occupational discrimination within the military (being less eligible for, discouraged from, or less competitive in certain fields/MOS). I don’t mean to discourage you from being concerned about sexual assault, but it is far from the most pressing concern facing your average female-bodied service member.
Sexism in the military causes any number of quality of life issues. Sexual assault is just one concern of many - less favorable on-post housing/leadership/access to training tools and facilities for units with a lot of female personnel, fewer opportunities for civilian education while Active Duty, more busywork, less trust, more accusations, less espirit de corps, fewer opportunities for promotion, undervalued labor, and unequal enforcement of unisex regulations are some of the other symptoms of a deeply rooted problem.
I only mention these things because I’m frustrated by seeing my experience repeatedly boiled down into sordid witty repartee about sexual assault and rape. We are real, whole people, and there is a lot more than that, going on here.
By Chris Sims
When the news broke about the announcement of a Jem and the Holograms movie, ComicsAlliance promised to stay on top of the story, and today, just in case the very idea of a Hollywood adaptation of Jem having its roles crowdsourced via Tumblr wasn’t weird enough, we have now reached the second wrinkle of the story: Christy Marx, the original creator of Jem and the Holograms, won’t be involved in the movie.
In a statement on her Facebook page that followed the announcement of Jon M. Chu’s upcoming film, Marx revealed that she was informed of the movie a few days before the announcement and spoke to Chu about it, but that “no one in the entertainment arm of Hasbro wanted to talk to me, have me write for it, or at the very least consult on it.”
[content warning: rape, rape culture, misogyny, misogynoir, street harassment]
@Crommunist shared some really important tweets about this “men are hunters” crap that gets used to justify everything from street harassment to rape. I really appreciate his commentaries on rethinking masculinity outside of a patriarchal framework. Here he conveys how male self-hatred and devaluation in patriarchy is what would make such a description justifiable to a man. Clearly patriarchal thinking harms men as well; it justifies them dehumanizing themselves as an excuse to harm women and be oppressive.
A Black woman and mutual follower on Twitter recently described a street harassment experience (and of course I can relate to this, as you know) and a Black man replied to her about men being “hunters” and that she shouldn’t take street harassment (at night no less) personal. What?
See, the “hunter” thing is an especially dangerous perspective for Black men to take on. While doing so might make them feel like “peers” with patriarchal White men, because of racism and the history of dehumanization of Black men’s bodies and masculinity, the “hunter” thing simply becomes the “brute” controlling image type. And despite the fact that White men basically sexually assault White women with impunity, Black men still remain the face of the rapist in society while the face of the victim/survivor is always a White woman. Nevermind that the actual reality of violence that Black men inflict on Black women is erased by the aforementioned racist conception or that with the exception of Native women (who White men primarily rape, in addition to White women), most rape occurs intraracially anyway.
Men who ascribe to this cruel dehumanization of themselves to justify violence against women as “natural” need to think about why they think this is okay. They say this so effortlessly which of course reveals patriarchal socialization. It doesn’t get any easier to hear and worse is when they say it while women are recounting street harassment/sexual assault experiences and seeking support among other women online. Derailing women speaking about abuse to justify the abuse in any way is also abuse.
"Yes, but that’s still a minority! If more women played video games, there would be more reason to have female protagonists!"
We Can’t Get Out Of The Bedroom Now.
Shirley Maclaine on Parkinson in 1975
Although the birth control mandate has been hotly debated and contested for its burden on taxpayers, Medicare has spent $872 million on penis pumps in the last five years alone. Viagra has also received $819 million and Cyalis more than $782 million. But you’ll never hear those numbers being debated anywhere.
men are entitled to orgasms. Women are not.