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.
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I find this shocking and shameful.
Good on her for standing up to those pissants. This issue is far more reaching than just the game industry and is a societal problem, much like the belief that getting black out drunk is a sign of a good party or that belittling others makes you cool.
Well, she certainly got to get active its not a matter of her standing up for herself. Its a matter of her and others collectively standing up for there self. A funny thing- a union with game employees would help.
But she and other female leads need to collectively stand up for themselves.
Reason I wrote girl gamer and proud blog because for guys who are still sexist need to get their heads check this is a new century and real girl gamers should be respected and being able to play more female role with less sex appeal because lately its over the top and it gets annoying plus more independent and strong female characters not weak and fragile.
I'm not surprised by all of this. I have had some similar exeperiences to this as well. I enjoy games and cosplaying, but I am really getting tired of the way some guys treat girls who enjoy this hobby. It is time for us to speak up. Glad to see that it is happening.
The anecdotes in her article are appalling. People who behave like these men are an embarrassment to the gaming community. I'm glad to hear she's going to start standing up for herself and others, but it's not just women who need to take action here. Men in the industry need to step up as well. Chauvinists regard women in low esteem, so their behavior is less likely to change if only women cry fowl. The male gaming community needs to be just as outraged as Meagan, and twice as active.
My sister spent months being sexually harassed by her boss at work. After she was finally fed up with it, she wrote a 3 page report and filed it in to HR. The next day all of his items had been removed from his desk and she received confirmation that he had been let go.
Reporting these things to the right people gets things done and I applaud Meagan for deciding to do the right thing from now on.
wow i read the post its inspirational
Meagan always has some good material to give an expose on. This is no exception.
Kudos to you Meagan!!! Being a woman who is beautiful and intelligent should NEVER EVER be compromised. Being a female gamer I do encounter the "oh your a girl who games?" attitude and some male clerks immediately asume I have no idea about games. Well by the time I get through drop studio names Names, CEO names, voice actor casts names and some legitimate gaming information about the industry they are either speechless and piss or shocked that I actually use my brian. Ignorance is not bliss nor attractive!!!!
i am proud to be female gamer and am tired of the T&A characters with no purpose. There truly need to be more female game directors...especially women of color so all bases can be covered. That was the main reason I LOVED Fem Shep. That was done sooo right. Oh Big Boss was the other.
Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate to suffe... .... wait a minute ... there's gotta be a better way here :D
Wow that kind of behavior is inexcusable how much of an animal do you have to be to treat women like that, especially in real life. I wish she told us who that journalist was and what gaming site so we can gather the pitchforks and take that guy down a peg.