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]
Email the author Matt Helgeson, or follow on Twitter, and Game Informer.
Wonderful post. I knew it was bad, but not that bad. I support this effort 100% and think this whole sexism and inappropriate behavior needs to stop.
Glad to see her stand up for this. Sadly, in a medium primarily focused on males 18-35, I'm not exactly surprized by this kind of inappropriate lewdness. Anyway, hopefully she'll help put a stop to this kind of treatment to women in the industry. I wish her the best of luck.
"All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference." ~ Voltaire
that was an awesome post by meagan! i never knew people were so direct and perverted towards women at these events, and shes absolutely right that its downright desspicable. if you want to acknowledge a females cosplay outfit at a convention, just say "sweet costume" not "sweet ***"
I'm so glad that she decided to write this. I love video games, but sometimes I look at the comments in articles regarding women and I'm just disheartened. How can we push for the progression of this medium and still act so backwards?
On one hand I'm not surprised because sexism is still a problem in MOST workplaces, be they game-related or otherwise. On the other hand, it sucks to hear that it really IS this bad. Props to her for taking a stand!
And also, I commend you on your closing statement, Matt -- well done!
This last couple weeks has been a real eye-opener when it comes to women and the video game industry. Whether it be something as stupid as not having a women on the front cover of a game because it'll supposedly hurt sales, or in this case, something as horribly idiotic as the people in Meagan's blog... this has to stop.
Kudos to Meagan for standing up for finding the courage to stand up for herself, and to the GI team and everyone else who has encouraged her to do so.
Here's to hoping the sexist behavior can stop, or at least be greatly reduced, in the next few years.
Meagan, you have my respect. I hope I can be that strong and stand up for what I believe is right when the situation arises.
It's absolutely despicable that some men choose to act this way. Quite honestly misogynistic chauvinistic pigs like the men she describes should not be allowed to procreate. It's a self perpetuating problem. The fathers teach their sons to treat women in this way and it just continues from generation to generation. In the end the only thing that's going to solve it is to fundamentally change the way a lot of men think.