Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sexism and Feminism in Geekery 8

I can't skip a post (by accident. Oops) without the internet being full of sexism and feminism conversation.  It's like the internet never stops, not even when I go home to visit my family and the iguana escapes.

Felicia Day!

This article is little old but I love Felicia Day too much to skip it. 
"I think that there is definitely some growing pains in the gamer community where a lot more women are more vocal, they’re more participating; almost half of gamers now are women, and even if you discount casual games and things like that, just because you play casual games does not mean you can’t call yourself a gamer. So I think there are certainly growing pains, there is a cultural sort of backlash..."
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Twitter Silence

This one was drama-rama all over the internet.  Maureen Johnson and Justine Larbalestier were on different sides and I felt like I needed to go into hiding because I love them both on twitter, which is where the debate was centered.  Except I didn't disappear because I was on the "twitter silence is a bad idea" side of the fence.  Shutting up feels like the opposite of taking a stand.  Honestly twitter really didn't seem that different (except no updates about Maureen's puppy) during the silent protest.

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Fake Gamer Girl Myth

There was so much conversation going around on this topic on tumblr that it's impossible to link everything.  Here is a Seanan-McGuire blog about her experience a Comic Con this year which is just the tip of the iceberg for this topic.

Inequality in Feminism

As I write (a few days before this will be posted) this #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen is trending which is trying to bring to light to inequality within feminism.  Some people seem to react by saying "You're making a problem where there isn't one" which seems to be how most sexists react to feminism.  Right now I'm not certain what started this trending topic but someone did create a nice storify with the tweets.

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Straight Male Gamer

This is actually good news.  "Straight Male Gamer" complains about a game that appeals to women and LGBT, thus apparently isolating it's typical audience by giving equal treatment to everyone. The companies reaction? They don't give a damn what Straight Male Gamer thinks.
"And if there is any doubt why such an opinion might be met with hostility, it has to do with privilege. You can write it off as “political correctness” if you wish, but the truth is that privilege always lies with the majority. They’re so used to being catered to that they see the lack of catering as an imbalance."
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Brittany Davis said...

Great post! & I loved that post my Seanan McGuire (and I love her, just in general)

molly said...

Great roundup!

Cassi Haggard said...

I love Seanan McGuire A LOT. Sometimes I'm like "you know maybe I retweet, reblog and mention her to much" then I'm like NOPE.

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