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.
Liked and shared on Facebook. Way to go, Meagan, and thank you for your courage.
Dudes need to step up and call out these assholes who are making these sexist comments, both online and offline. *** not funny, and its idiotic.
all the time I hear my friends and others say "I wish I had a girlfriend who games" or " Understand games" yet they're sexist.....What the heck do you want man?!
Also we should introduce more women to gaming, so they can see the greatness of it.
I really appreciate this because I sometimes feel this way too. Thank you!
This irks me. These kinds of occurrences are popping up left and right. Being a minority in America, I know this issue will not resolve itself. And more so even with strong women such as Meagan the problem will never fully go away. Here's to hoping these brave women and their fellow well sensed men can at least lessen the negative experience for women in the gaming industry. They are just as valuable in gaming as they are in other professions.
The fact that crap like this still occurs in the world today boggles me. Good on her for taking a stand!