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The Guy's Guide to Being a Feminist Ally in Video Gaming

The Guy's Guide to Being a Feminist Ally in Video Gaming
One of the things I hear whenever I write about misogyny in video games is that there’s a silent majority of male gamers who are uncomfortable with the vicious sexism some of their counterparts deploy against women (and frankly, against men, too). Women aren’t alone in feeling hopeless, or like there’s no effective way to change either the behavior of individuals or the culture that leaves space for the harassment of women. So I hopped on Twitter yesterday and asked men who play video games, and who push back against sexist behavior when they see it, what kinds of arguments they’ve found to be effective. Dozens of you responded, with a lot of terrific advice. So if you’ve ever wanted to call out sexism in video games but weren’t sure how to start the conversation or how to make sure it would be productive, here’s the collective wisdom of the internet. –Take the high ground—but don’t sound superior: “SOMETIMES IT ABOUT STARTING FROM PLACE GIVING RESPECT EVEN IF RESPECT UNDESERVED?”

The Mary Sue - A Guide To Girl Geek Culture » How to be a fan of problematic things Social Justice League I like things, and some of those things are problematic. I like Lord of the Rings even though it’s pretty fucked up with regard to women and race (any narrative that says “this whole race is evil” is fucked up, okay). I like A Song of Ice and Fire even though its portrayal of people of colour is problematic, and often I find that its in-text condemnation of patriarchy isn’t obvious enough to justify the sexism displayed. Liking problematic things doesn’t make you an asshole. Firstly, acknowledge that the thing you like is problematic and do not attempt to make excuses for it. And even if you think that’s true (which scares the hell out of me), I don’t see you arguing for an accurate portrayal of everything in your fiction all the time. Especially do not ever suggest that people not take media “so seriously”, or argue that it’s “just” a tv show. Secondly, do not gloss over the issues or derail conversations about the problematic elements.

Red/Yellow Card project | Here is everything you ever needed to know about my Red/Yellow Card project! Background This project has its roots in Defcon 2011. Defcon, if you’re not aware, is the worlds largest hacker conference. While I don’t think Defcon itself is “broken,” it seemed like there needed to be a better way of engaging with harassment at this specific conference. The cards Here are the resulting cards: They are slightly bigger than a business card and carry the same message on each side. Use of the cards While you can use these cards however you see fit, I feel like I must point out that these were meant to be a non-confrontational way of engaging with harassment. The text of the cards is licensed CC Zero. Where can I get these cards? These cards were available from me, in person at Defcon 2012. However, I do have a consolation prize for those who might be interested in printing out cards on their own. As of July 2013, I’ve pretty much entirely moved on from this project. Like this: Like Loading...

Boundaries and The Penis Incident Edit 2 3/31/13: I also attended the .party() | gdc and I had an amazing time (and brought my boyfriend AND didn't drink). I don't remember seeing any "escorts" like I keep seeing stories saying there were. Wargaming had go-go dancers, why didn't they get any shit for it? What happened to me wasn't caused by there being women hired to work the party, that guy probably would've done it anyway. Edit: I'm seeing a lot of comments on twitter and elsewhere blaming PAX for this incident and the security guard's reaction. This party was NOT held by PAX, it was not even in the same venue, hell it wasn't even on the same street. So before I write up my official PAX Prime blogpost I wanted to touch on this, because it happened and I want to talk about it but I don't want the bad feels tainting the rest of the awesomeness that was PAX. I don't exactly know what it is about a girl sitting alone, at a party that just screams "YES I TOTALLY WANT TO BE BOTHERED BY YOU, RANDOM GUY" but it does.

stfu 9gag Geek Feminism Wiki Sexisme chez les geeks : Pourquoi notre communauté est malade, et comment y remédier J’aimerais préciser quelque chose. Quand Mar_Lard a publié son article sur Joystick en août dernier sur ce blog, nous avons décidé de publier tous les commentaires afin que tout le monde puisse se rendre compte de la violence des réactions. Je suggère à ceux qui voudraient réitérer ce genre d’exploits (histoire de contribuer à la démonstration de Mar_Lard, merci les mecs) de lire la charte de modération désormais en vigueur sur ce blog au lieu de perdre leur temps. [EDIT] Devant le nombre de confusions, 2ème précision: ce blog appartient à AC Husson mais l’auteure de cette contribution est Mar_Lard. Attention, cet article inclut de nombreux exemples susceptibles de choquer : images d’une grande violence ou sexuellement explicites, insultes et propos à caractère fortement sexiste/homophobe/raciste, menaces de violences sexuelles et autres. Ce paragraphe a suscité des réactions extrêmes. Et d’autre part, la prévisible levée de boucliers. 1. Le problème est dans l’industrie. Ah, les babes.

Girl stuff Girl stuff is a term used (complete with air quotes) to describe activities that tend to be associated with women, especially in the free software communities. As originally defined by Mary Gardiner: In Free Software this includes but is not limited to documentation, usability research, community management and (somewhat unusually for wider society) sometimes management in general. Androcentrism means that "girl stuff" tends to be de-valued or undervalued. posts: I Can Be Just As Capable. Let Me. When I sit down at a computer, my left hand falls automatically into the inverted-V shape known well by all of you; middle three fingers arched across W, A, S and D. Pinky hovering over left-shift, my thumb resting lightly on the space bar. There’s a poetic comfort in this for me. I do it without thinking. These letters are the ones I always come home to. I’m protective about my natural gravitation to those four letters. Those four letters on my keyboard define me: I am a gamer, they say. So last week at E3, it wasn’t disappointing press conferences, my ruthless appointment schedule, not having time to eat, or even the nightly drinking that broke me. It happened during one of my first appointments of the show, a half hour I’d booked to check out the sequel to a well-known military shooter franchise. So I sat down, fingers falling perfectly across the keyboard. “Do you play PC games?” One of the publications on my media badge was listed as PC PowerPlay. “Well, OK.” And honestly?

Les 20 plus beaux endroits sur Terre : Buzzly Bien que la plupart de la planète ai été découverte et bien documentée, il y a encore beaucoup d’endroits qui restent relativement inconnus, et sans aucune raison valable. Voici la liste des endroits les plus magnifiques et souvent méconnus dans le monde qu’il faut visiter au moins une fois dans sa vie. Bon voyage à tous ! Tunnel de l'Amour, Ukraine Paria Canyon, Arizona, États-Unis Cratère de Ngorogoro, Tanzanie Grotte de Jeita, Nahr al-Kalb Valley, Lebanon Maui, Hawaii Mont Roraima, Venezuela Ayers Rock, Australie Grand désert de Uyuni, Bolivie Rocher de Pulpit, Preikestolen, Norvège Musée sous-marin, Cancùn, Mexique Pour voir la suite, rendez-vous page 2 ! This Picture Shows Everything Wrong With 'Booth Babes' at CES 'Booth babes' have been one of the more unfortunate features of tech trade shows for years. Women (we've never seen any male booth babes) chosen for their looks are paid to hang around a company's booth and attract the mostly male, mostly older attendees. Sometimes the women are well paid, sometimes they get minimum wage, but their relationship to the product in question is usually gossamer-thin. We've seen some fairly egregious examples over the years, but none more so than the one our tech reporter Emily Price stumbled upon at CES in Las Vegas Thursday. The women looked straight ahead with bored expressions, and were not allowed to interact with attendees. It was not immediately clear how this display was supposed to relate to the product in question, a hard drive. After Emily posted the picture on Twitter, it received more than 350 retweets — and many more outraged responses: @emily @thebloggess How? In the meantime, let us know in the comments what you think. More CES 2013 Coverage

Feminist Frequency Content Warning: This educational episode contains graphic sexual and violent game footage. In this episode we explore the Women as Background Decoration trope which is the subset of largely insignificant non-playable female characters whose sexuality or victimhood is exploited as a way to infuse edgy, gritty or racy flavoring into game worlds. These sexually objectified female bodies are designed to function as environmental texture while titillating presumed straight male players. Sometimes they're created to be glorified furniture but they are frequently programmed as minimally interactive sex objects to be used and abused. Full transcript, links and resources available at: ABOUT THE SERIESThe Tropes vs Women in Video Games project aims to examine the plot devices and patterns most often associated with female characters in gaming from a systemic, big picture perspective.

Femen Activists Get Naked to Raise Political Awareness Oksana Shachko, a girl with a doll-like face, is supposed to go to prison for five years. It's a cool spring Thursday in Ukraine as the 24-year-old walks through the streets of Kiev with her attorney. She is wearing a leather jacket and black boots, and dangling an almost-finished cigarette between her fingers. Five years, because she bared her breasts in public once again. The hearing at the Interior Ministry is at 5 p.m., and they are in a hurry. Shachko is a Ukrainian women's rights activist, and her weapons are attached to her pale, petite body like the two halves of an apple. Her weapons are the symbol of femininity, motherhood and sexuality, and filmmakers and marketers have used them millions of times to sell everything under the sun, from yogurt to vacuum cleaners. Their supporters believe that by using these weapons, the women have invented a new feminism. Marxism Instead of Marriage There were hardly any jobs to be had, and the men drank. Accused of Hooliganism Sought-After