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.
Very well written, and stuff like this needs to stop.
Meagan's office is DOPE.
This is good. Racism, sexism, etc. truly enrage me so it's nice to see something being done about it.
Unfortunatley this is a problem with our society as a whole and is not confined to the game industry. Our society is cold and indifferent towards victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault, and in some cases, actually encourages us to hold the victims responsible. There are so many unreported cases of sexual harassment out there it's tragic. Thank you for finding the courage to stand up to society and speak out Meagan. I sincerely hope your actions encourage the countless men and women who have remained silent to speak out.
Great job Meagan!
I wasn't aware of this. This needs to be known to the game industry alot better then it is.
I can't relate to her experiences, but I can agree that this kind of behavior needs to stop. I think part of it stems from the fact that men make these kind of jokes all the time with each other, and some don't realize that they need to control themselves in front of those who may be offended by their jokes. Many men wouldn't really care if a woman or even another man made jokes at him similar to ones made towards Meagan; men and women (generally) have two entirely different mindsets towards inappropriate jokes, but it still doesn't make it acceptable to use them for cheap laughs. Great job on the part of the GI employee who encouraged her to file the complaint.
good for her...you don't say s**t like that to women nowadays..
I'm sure it has to be tough trying to work in an industry comprised of a overwhelming majority of the opposite gender. It's one thing to have people at a bar or random's at a comic con be disrespectful while dressed up (which I don't agree with either), but it's awful when professionals at a working event for their industry behave in that way.
My wife and I have gone to several cons together and she has done some cosplay a few times and it draws a lot of attention, mostly positive. I'm a pretty big/intimidating guy (6'5") so for the most part everyone would leave her alone and wouldn't say anything sexist. But, there were a few times where I would step away or she would go her own way and she would get very uncomfortable and didn't like the actions of some of the men at the con's. For the most part it's well meaning but other times it can be taken too far and is inappropriate. I can see why she's upset. Good luck on your fight Meagan.
Such a great article. I believe there is to much of a double standard in the world when it comes to women. If a woman cries foul and stands up for herself when a male says something sexist, they are then labeled as strict, and most of the time associated with expletive phrases. But if they keep quiet, then they are cool, easy to talk to, etc. while they are constantly being degraded.
To be honest I think you should give out all the names of these guys they definitely deserve the hell storm that would hit them