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A tsunami of testimonies: assaults in the Swedish larp community. Warning: this post details sexual violence.

A tsunami of testimonies: assaults in the Swedish larp community

This is a guest post by Kristin Nilsdotter Isaksson. It originally appeared in Swedish and in English on Spelkult. The Bad Apples Of #GamerGate. Twitter user @EvilBobDALMYT proclaims himself “#GamerGate Firebrand” in his bio and has been active in the tag since the beginning.

The Bad Apples Of #GamerGate

He is also present in the IRC chat logs, including having operator status on the channel. He at many points hunts for and provides personal information about the individuals speculated to have had sexual relations with Zoe Quinn. And that’s not counting the general gross, sexist and transphobic language. Aug 31 20.25.26 <EvilBob> These are the types of tranny bitches we’re dealing with. Julie Pagano - Life and Times of a Tech Feminist Killjoy. A year and a half ago, I wrote about my experiences and how working in the tech industry can be death by a thousand paper cuts.

Julie Pagano - Life and Times of a Tech Feminist Killjoy

I doubt I was the first person to make this observation. I know I am not the last. Misogyny and the Female Body in Dungeons & Dragons. There is a clear problem of representation in games and — more broadly — in the cultures produced by games.

Misogyny and the Female Body in Dungeons & Dragons

This problem in representation has most recently yielded controversies such as #gamergate1, but it is also more or less responsible for debacles such as the PAX dickwolves saga, and the recent death threats to Anita Sarkeesian spurred by her “Tropes vs. Women in Games” series. The First Female Gamers. The miniature wargame play celebrated in the War Game Digest could reach only a limited audience because it required painstaking efforts from dedicated and artisanal adults.

The First Female Gamers

Avalon Hill’s board wargames, on the other hand, could reasonably aspire to reach the mass market. They built on the recognized tradition of juvenile board games, but with a complexity that attracted a more mature consumer — all without the expense and craftsmanship that miniatures entailed. Avalon Hill branded many of its wargames as famous American battles, with titles like Gettysburg or D-Day, which minimized the need for advertising or explanation.

This introduced many thousands of young enthusiasts to the principles of wargaming. But once Avalon Hill opened a communication channel for their customers, something unexpected happened: a community that self-identified as gamers formed, and exhibited many characteristics that are familiar to us today. List of ethical concerns in video games (partial) A list of real ethical concerns in video games: Video games are used to covertly advance the political agendas of arms manufacturers.

List of ethical concerns in video games (partial)

The aggressive marketing of capitalist war games is an inspiration to the U.S. military, which could take a page out of games marketing’s book in order to push unpopular ideas on the public. Monstrous Women in Dragon Age: Desire Demons and Broodmothers. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’m a great fan of the Dragon Age series.

Monstrous Women in Dragon Age: Desire Demons and Broodmothers

I enjoy the soap opera-esque drama, the wisecracks, and waving around a giant sword while covered in the blood of my enemies. The game even has some aspects that are laudable from a feminist perspective. Wynne is one of my favorite characters of all time (and a fine illustration of Dalstål’s Law) The love interests for a female character are just as well written and fully fleshed-out as they are for the male characters. Alistair, the male lead of the game, breaks with stale tropes of masculinity and shows real vulnerability and indecisiveness throughout the game. DisabilityEtiquette.pdf. No girls allowed. First-person shooters, action games and sports games have been popular among boys ever since the early '90s.

No girls allowed

In 2012, the three categories combined were responsible for 58.8 percent of video game sales in North America. They're easily some of the most visible kinds of games, lining the shelves at retailers and appearing on television screens any time a story about video games makes the news. But not everyone buys the idea that games have become the realm of males. "I've always known there were some games and genres that attracted a heavier male audience than others, like shooters for instance," says. The End of Gatekeeping: The Extinction Burst of Gaming Culture - Paging Dr. NerdLove.

Debunking the Fairy Tale of WisCon, Feminism and Safe Spaces. This isn’t the blog entry about WisCon that I wanted to write.

Debunking the Fairy Tale of WisCon, Feminism and Safe Spaces

WisCon 38 was the first WisCon I’d ever attended. I’d heard about the self-styled “World’s Leading Feminist Science Fiction Convention” for years, but for whatever reason, I’d somehow gotten it into my head that this was a convention for Published Names and Academics With Experience, neither of which I remotely qualified for as a Mere Mortal If Enthusiastic (and Mouthy) Fan. I was thankfully disabused of this notion and I think it’s fair to say that going to WisCon this year was a life-changing experience.

Etched with Soma's Pen - Let's talk about category structure and oppression! This has been a v long-brewing post; I've been meaning to make it, or something like it, since 2009.

Etched with Soma's Pen - Let's talk about category structure and oppression!

Many thanks to rose_lemberg, Arachne Jericho, Poorly Defined Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Used to Blame, Criminalize Mothers. Beginning in December, female customers in bars across Alaska will have access to an unexpected resource: pregnancy tests. The Alaska legislature recently approved a project that will place free tests in the bathrooms of 20 bars in the state. The study is part of a larger campaign to raise awareness about fetal alcohol syndrome, a spectrum of physical, mental, and behavioral disabilities long assumed to be caused by drinking to excess during pregnancy. Alaska state Sen. A lesson for men's rights activists on real oppression - The Drum. Updated 4 hours 58 minutes ago Any time a disparate system of power is equalised, one side must surrender some privileges - that may upset men's rights activists, but it certainly doesn't mean feminism is subjugating men, writes Clementine Ford. In a couple of weeks, an 'International Conference on Men's Issues' will be held in Detroit, Michigan.

5 Things to Never Say to a Woman Who Doesn't Want Kids. May 27, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. This originally appeared on Everyday Feminism. Republished here with permission. Impostor Syndrome: Part 1 of 4. This is the first post in a 4-part series about impostor syndrome. I'll be posting one installment per day.

"Compare the best of their days With the worst of your days You won't win... " -- Morrissey I can't remember exactly when I first encountered the term "impostor syndrome", but I know I was less than ten years old at the time, and I know where I read about it: a book called The Gifted Kid's Survival Guide. Female Friendships: Hitting All the Right Notes.

In a society in which female friendships are devalued, it is nice to see a movie that turns that on its head. We all need to realize that, contrary to the messages we hear, female friendships are important. Photo by lululemon athletica - Models of Sex. "What's a girl doing here?" About consent, or, the legalization of women’s humanity « I Blame The Patriarchy. The MRA Mirror. What empowerment is. I'm Not A "Person With a Disability": I'm a Disabled Person. On having a black name. Racism And Meritocracy. A Chemical Imbalance. Sacrificing Privilege. Nerds and Male Privilege. Gawker's Violentacrez Expose And How 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Predicted Geek Misogyny. 'Back Home': Female veterans often find unwelcoming system, insensitive treatment. Feminism 101. Some Thoughts on “Crazy Women” Rape Culture 101. Roma women in Europe: the silenced, underreported gender oppression. Human Rights Issues in Serbia and Hungary.

Sanguinity, raptorific: Okay, so imagine there’s a doctor.... How White LGBTQ People Can Be More Inclusive of People of Color. Trans Women Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox Respond Flawlessly To Katie Couric's Bigoted Questions. Is love universal? : Popular Romance Project. True Blood: The Vampire as A Multiracial Critique on Multicultural Pluralism (Nicole Rabin) Where Does Validation Come From?