We are currently focusing on conference and convention anti-harassment policies.
Comic-Con International’s dense crowds, Bacchanalian atmosphere and mask-wearing anonymity make it prime territory for misbehavior, according to both men and women who have attended the event many times. Here, and at other similar events around the country, convention-goers have been known to grope, stalk and take “upskirt” photos with impunity. The behavior is so common that there is even a term for it: Creeping at a con.
But as San Diego’s annual convention opens Thursday, a backlash is brewing. One prominent science fiction author is holding his event away from the official Convention Center site to protest what he calls lax anti-harassment policies. And a group calling itself Geeks for CONsent submitted a petition with 2,500 signatures calling on organizers to post signs in the convention halls detailing its anti-harassment policies. It also wants convention volunteers to get training on how to respond to harassment reports.
You may notice that a lot of things happen to do with sexism on the internet. Sometimes someone has done a sexist thing and people are talking about it. Sometimes someone has written an article about the time they experienced sexism and other people are having feelings about it. Sometimes a particular woman or women is being harassed on Twitter and you are witnessing it.
As you know, sexism is bad, and when bad things happen, you might have feelings about it too. But how can you help? What should be done? Here is a guide[.]
From their announcement:
For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.
We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.
Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.
In the wake of VidCon, and as more and more women start speaking up about the harassment they face online, it’s time to start realizing that our narrative of progress is deeply flawed. Things aren’t getting better for women on the Internet; they’re deteriorating and ignoring the problem amounts to being complicit in it.
Well, it’s been quite a weekend. In the past 24 hours, I have been subjected to a stream of vile sexist and anti-semitic abuse on Twitter and elsewhere. This has become a normal part of my life as a person who dares to write in public whilst being both female and left-wing, but this weekend it’s been particularly full on. Rape fantasies and pictures of dead children were coming faster than I could block individual users. In the end I had to step away from the internet, which was a pain because I need the internet to work.
Content warning: This post contains graphic language, slurs and triggering content
This article is heartbreaking. And true.
There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit.
There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.
NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.
Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article.
Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.
We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)
"Okay, I’m imagining that the evil pizza corporation has been making these ninja robots that patrol the rooftops and …" I stop talking. Everyone is looking bored and avoiding eye contact. I try to salvage my suggestion, "It’s in a kinda’ sci-fi setting so having robots makes sense."
Raven looks up. “Robots aren’t scary Dad.”
"How about …"
"Zombies aren’t scary either."
I’m getting a little tetchy with this unreceptive design group. I ask Raven, “So what are teenage girls scared of?”
Raven thinks for a moment. She looks sad. “Other teenagers,” she says.
This answer surprises me. I had never considered teenage girls as video game baddies.
"Okay," I answer, "but I’m little worried about our main character going around killing hordes of teenagers."
A shocked silence fills the room. Raven is adamant. “Gemma doesn’t kill people.”
"But they’re trying to kill her."
My wife joins in, “No they’re not.”
Killing things is what games are about. Things try to kill you and you try to kill them. “So what do the enemies do?” I ask.
Raven responds without hesitating. “They make you feel like crap.” Nicole nods. I feel like a stranger standing outside a shared secret.
[Tuthmosis] writes that long hair is “almost universally attractive to men, when they’re actually speaking honestly… Women instinctively know this, which is why every American girl who cuts, and keeps, her hair short often does it for ulterior reasons … Short hair is a political statement. And, invariably, a girl who has gone through with a short cut – and is pleased with the changes in her reception – is damaged in some significant way. Short hair is a near-guarantee that a girl will be more abrasive, more masculine, and more deranged.”
The essential argument is: men like long hair, and what sane woman would ever want to do anything that decreases her capacity to please men?
I wear my hair short for a number of reasons, and admittedly one of them is because I like the way it says I don’t put a priority on pleasing men. Does that make me damaged? Only if it’s unhealthy to dislike being a object of impersonal desire. My husband is the only man I want to please with my appearance, and even then, his wants come after my own.
So I’m going to keep enjoying the feeling of a freshly-shaved nape and the lightness of a head not weighed down by a pound and a half of dead protein. And I’m especially going to keep enjoying flipping guys like this the bird.
Beware bros trying to inform you what they “deserve”. A hurt man can be a handful – but a hurt man inspired by the conviction that he’s owed something can be dangerous. For proof of this, look no further than Elliot Rodger, who will forever serve as a reminder that the phrase “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” is wildly inaccurate in one quite obvious way. And while the Elliot Rodgers of the world are, blessedly, anomalies, quite common are those men among us who use romance or business or sexual liberation or comedy or art to buttress their entitlement.
This interactive dataviz from the U.S. Census Bureau allows you to explore the relationship between college majors and occupations. http://go.usa.gov/XQxP
Graphs are broken down by gender and ethnicity as well, demonstrating how only a small percentage of women major in computer science, math or engineering, which tend to have the highest rates of employment in STEM fields. Meanwhile, a majority of Asian college students major in these subjects, which might explain their heavy presence in STEM industries.