The lights are on
While women have made great strides in the
game industry in recent years, Crystal Dynamics' Meagan Marie has written a
blog that details the sad reality: There's still far too much sexism and
inappropriate behavior in gaming.
In a post on her Tumblr entitled "What Would
You Do If You Weren't Afraid?", Meagan details some personal anecdotes from her
career both at Crystal Dynamics and Game Informer, which – to my mind – include
some really reprehensible behavior on the part of males in the game industry.
Judging by the reaction from other female video game professionals on Twitter
today, this behavior is sadly far too common.
Thankfully, a recent incident that occurred
at PAX (detailed in her post) has convinced Meagan that it's time to stop being silent:
The situation this weekend at PAX made me question why I'm willing to
stand up for others, but not myself. By allowing myself to be treated this way
I'm perpetuating that this behavior is acceptable. And it isn't. If I continue
stand by silently, I might as well sit on the sidelines and watch while other
young women endure what I have.
The treatment and representation of women in
gaming has come to a head this past year, and I know some of you are tired of
hearing about it. I'm tired of living it. I want to feel safe and valued as a
member of this industry, whether I'm conducting an interview, talking to fans
on a convention floor, or cosplaying. And I have a right to that.
I'm not afraid anymore. I'm angry.
I strongly encourage you to read the complete
post on Meagan's Tumblr. Also, while we encourage people to express their
views in our comments section, I'll give you one guess as to how much tolerance
I'm going to have for any posts that direct any abuse or inappropriate
comments towards Meagan (Hint: none). Thanks for reading.
[Photo courtesy of The Hairpin]
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This needs to keep being stated loudly and clearly so that sexism and related behavior can be stamped out of gaming altogether... I shall speak as the male that I am and say clearly that we have ALOT to thank female developers and gamers for in our gaming lives. Look at JADE RAYMOND and Patrice Desilets who brought us the stellar Assassin's Creed franchise, KIM SWIFT of Portal fame... need I say more?, so why do males (consistently it seems) continue to vilify women in the gaming industry? It's not necessary and makes no sense
Oh goodness, I wish her strength... She's doing amazing stuff by speaking out about these issues and she is probably going to be rewarded for her advocacy with a horde of angry CIS males berating her and probably issuing death threats.
i got banned last time for profanity for stating my thoughts. so this time no profanity. if a woman is going to dress provocatively, they are asking for a certain type of attention. if your walking around with half your chest exposed, inappropriate comments are exactly what you are going to get. if you dont want to be treated like that then stay covered up. there are plenty of ways for women to look absolutely amazing and sexy without showing cleavage.
A very heartfelt article. Read that tumblr blog. For my communication class in college I'm going to do it on why attitude towards women in the game industry needs to change. Thank you Meagan for inspiring me to have a important topic to discuss that I feel like will change the world.
Whatever happened to manners?
Read the whole thing...some messed up stuff that is going on...