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I read Kataku daily and there is always some moron that puts up an editorial that is fucking retarded this is one of them.

http://kotaku.com/5854826/im-tired-of-being-a-woman-in-games-im-a-person

Yeah, lets piss of and marginalize your audience in the first paragraph.





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By Leigh Alexander
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I’m Tired of Being a “Woman in Games.” I’m a Person.

Sexism in games remains an unsolved problem, it's clear. Some of you will be nodding along, and some of you will hear the s-word and roll your eyes and go, "oh, this again?" You guys can piss off-–go click on some new screenshots or a trailer consisting of a release date slowly fading into view. You're hopeless.
Sorry, do I sound a little hostile?
It's just that I'm shocked that grade-school concepts like "diversity is constructive" and "treat human beings equitably" are concepts that somehow still need championing, still need arguing for. I mean, really? I have to explain many times that the convergence of varied perspectives makes creating things-–like video games-–more fruitful? Or more simply: You think boys' clubs are better than spaces where everyone gets equal respect regardless of their gender? What're you, five?
Whoa. Ugh. Sorry, I'm being confrontational again. I'm just really, really fatigued.
See, I've been a games journalist for a number of years now. Currently I am editor-at-large at Gamasutra doing industry reporting most days out of the week; I have a column in Edge and one at this here Kotaku (where I used to be a fulltime editor, fun fact!), I edit Nylon's games section, and I've been in OXM, GamePro, the Escapist, Slate, Variety, Wired and the Onion's AV Club. In just the last week I appeared on PBS, and NPR just recorded me for a segment on a program about my latest Kotaku piece. I've been on CBS, CBC, I've spoken at multiple GDCs and on more podcasts than I can count (even drunk ones, uh huh). This past weekend I went out partying for Halloween until 4 AM and then I got up and went to a design conference and I wrote like five articles while I was there. Because this is my job, always, all day and every day.
I work, you guys.
And yet on a regular basis I hear–-even from you guys who write to me and describe yourselves as my "fans" (sidenote: be fans of the people I write about who actually make things instead of people who just talk about them)... I hear myself described as "one of the most prominent female gaming journalists", or as a "feminist writer." When you guys come up to me at events you want to tell me about things you've read or games you designed that I might be interested in because they deal with gender stuff.
Which, I mean, okay, is fine. Obviously I'm concerned about gender inequity and prejudice in the gaming space or I wouldn't have spent words to get us here. I've written a lot about sex stuff, too. But again, you guys: I work all day every day and have done so for years. I write about business models, gaming and art culture, gamified apps (just in the past couple weeks!)-–and so many of you still think my gender is my most important adjective.
"So many of you still think my gender is my most important adjective."
I'm not saying you-you, mind. I'm not going to assume that every one of you reading this article has even seen my byline before, let alone has distilled me to "female video game journalist" alongside any number of other zoo novelties. But here's a funny thing: Every time I open my mouth to talk about sexism, I am presumed to be speaking only "as a woman", and for all women. I'm not.
Oh, god, am I not. Wanna know a funny thing? A lot of women aren't too into my work, either, because I can't speak for them the way they'd like, or because I won't be aggressive about feminism and instead I just want to talk about video games sometimes, and, like, I don't mind the body physics in a fighting game or the sex in a sex game. And I really like Bayonetta! I'm sorry!!
I can't win. It pretty much sucks, and now you understand why I'm a little bit fatigued.
Sometimes people invite me to "women in games" groups, and I understand that it's important for me to represent. But often I hesitate, because I'm tired of being a "woman in games." I'm a person. There are a lot of other adjectives you can use that are equally germane to my work. It's a lot to assume, that I represent all women, or that it'd be possible for me to represent all women even if I wanted to. I feel entitled to be the kind of woman I want to be, and not have that be legislated based on what example my peers want me to set. I wish people wouldn't make a big deal about my gender at all.
And yet I can't even say that—"stop making a big deal out of my gender"—because the war against sexism in the video game space isn't nearly won. It is still a big deal. The war against all kinds of insular hatred in the game space isn't won yet. Gaming has been, forgive me, a predominantly nerdy shut-in white guy pastime for so long that people seem scared to discuss all the ways gaming could and should be a place where everyone needs to be acknowledged and invited, as creators and players and writers.
I mean, my friend Denis bares his soul in front of all of you last week because of his wish for less homophobic language in the competitive online space, and there were still people among you who left comments to the effect of "how is this relevant to games." There are still people among you who leave comments on Kotaku about Lisa Foiles' makeup, or when Kirk Hamilton says he likes Felicia Day's work you assume he's in looooove.
Really? How old are you? When are we going to grow up, as a culture? When am I going to stop being embarrassed to have devoted my entire life to this?
So. Yeah. Sexism is still a problem. And as a writer people still think I'm a novelty that needs "female" before my name. And they assume somehow that I speak for all women. No. Just no. Do you know how many emails I got the other week asking me "what I thought" of the copious use of the word "bitch" in Arkham City, following Kirk's article?
All Kirk said was that he thought "bitch" got said a lot and that it seemed weird to him. And I get all these notes from you guys wanting specifically to know "what I think", to the point where I felt like if I were to say "I'm not offended" people would feel somehow vindicated about calling women bitches, and the reverse of that too, to where people just wanted me to use my status as a female to vindicate their views on sexism, whatever they may be. And this happens a lot.
The funny thing is that these tedious conversations that surface–-the word "bitch" in Arkham City, what the women are (or aren't, more accurately) wearing in Soul Calibur can you say this or that word, show this or that image, how important is the "feminist whore" Achievement in Dead Island-–they don't help the battle, for me. It ruins my ability to communicate, because I'm combing the semantics of my writing, always paranoid that there'll be something in there to misconstrue, to freak out about and attack me.
These relatively small, isolated situational arguments get people's hackles up and distract from and inhibit a larger discussion about openness, respect and equality. It always feels to me like plugging leaks with fingertips, like quashing ants one at a time rather than kicking over the hill.
I mean, to me the solution is simple. Why argue about it? Why seek validation either way? When you're not sure how you feel, just err on the side of respecting people. That's how I, as one person in this space who happens to be a woman, would like to see us tackle sexism. It sounds so basic-–but again, we're not supposed to even need to have this discussion in the first place. We're supposed to be civil adults, not sociopathic internet ragers who are systematically destroying any chance games might have of growing and of being taken seriously.
"We're supposed to be civil adults, not sociopathic internet ragers who are systematically destroying any chance games might have of growing and of being taken seriously."
What I mean by "err on the side of respecting people" is this: when peers and friends speak up and let me know something is hurting them, I usually feel that the need to respect their feelings is way more important than obtuse arguments over someone's all-important right to say "whore" in a codebase.
When, for example, someone who's been a victim of sexual assault risks excoriating internet flames and even death threats to stand up in front of us and say "I find **** jokes offensive," I think it's just a lot better, more human, to try to understand and respect that person's views than it is to stridently defend your right to make a **** joke. Do you need that right so badly you're going to claim you're being censored if you're asked to demonstrate a little civility? I mean, who would answer yes to that?
Please don't write me because I'm female and ask me what I think about the next big gender controversy in games. Don't ask me if I think Catwoman needs to zip her uniform up or about some out-of-context inflammatory quote from someone or other or if it's "okay" with me if you use this word or that word. I am just so exhausted of these things. Don't engage in arguments and discussions that are ultimately about you seeking permission for your prejudices or pats on the back for your lack thereof.
As far as I'm concerned, tackling sexism in games seems pretty simple: Care for your fellow humans. When people say they're being hurt and ask you to hear them out, do it, Don't be a dick. If you really have anger issues toward women, get help. Seriously. If you feel confused when others seem opinionated or uninformed in the discussion, don't get angry or feel powerless or ignorant. Ask, talk, listen. The troll schtick is getting old. You don't seem correct; you don't seem cool. You just seem immature and insecure.
Listen to your fellow gamers, men and women alike, with empathy. Discuss with respect. You aren't ever entitled to discriminate against anybody for any reason. If you ever find yourself arguing that you are, instead of hearing out your peers, just get lost. Go back to arguing on your gamer forum about whether this or that game should have gotten an 8 or a 9 and let us move on without you.
 

Poison The Well

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I also check kotaku pretty regularly. I saw this earlier today but didn't bother reading past the preview paragraph since I knew it was just one of those articles that I wouldn't agree with. It's just a 'who gives a fuck' topic and the tone of the article itself seemed very pro-feminism rah rah I'm a woman look what I can do oriented. Not something I want to read.
 

Absolutely

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#3
I guess it's applicable, and I assume the same for 99% of people, but the "_____ Year old killed" Articles in Current Events.
If for some reason I decide to click on one and read, it enrages me, but more depresses me.

Like the 3 year old who was beaten to death essentially for not eating a hot-dog, the rest of the day I'll be in a "Who cares... the world fucking sucks" funk.
 

mikeybot

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Gawker is loaded with enraging crap.
I'm sure Jezebel is as well.
 

Josh_R

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I guess it's applicable, and I assume the same for 99% of people, but the "_____ Year old killed" Articles in Current Events.
If for some reason I decide to click on one and read, it enrages me, but more depresses me.

Like the 3 year old who was beaten to death essentially for not eating a hot-dog, the rest of the day I'll be in a "Who cares... the world fucking sucks" funk.
Stories like that are literally the reason that I stopped believing in God.
 

Neon

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About this article - I sorta get what she says, but she has the reason all wrong. There are two reasons a video game journalist would be toted as a female video game journalist:

1. Most people are still trapped in the hack, outdated perception that girls do not like video games, so they think it's cool that a woman writes about them.

2. Overselling her. Look at this quote:

I hear myself described as "one of the most prominent female gaming journalists"
Now, is she one of the most prominent gaming journalists period? I don't know, but probably not, otherwise that's what they would have written. However, she might be one of the most prominent FEMALE gaming journalists. Is Yao Ming one of the greatest NBA players ever? Nope. Is he one of the greatest Chinese NBA players ever? Yup. John Flaherty is NOT in the MLB hall of fame, but he's in the IRISH-AMERICAN hall of fame. Catch my drift? By narrowing the field, they are able to oversell her importance.


So, much like black people who hate when people say to them: "How about you give us the black perspective" I can see her annoyance, but she does a piss poor job of diagnosing the reasons for why that happens, and just resorts to dumb feminist cliches, which is why she is also described as a "feminist writer." Hey dummy, you can't write a feminist article complaining about people calling you a feminist writer. You just proved them right.
 

LiddyRules

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On an entertainment site, I saw an article postulating that the upcoming movie of The Lorax had the best voice cast ever because it had Taylor Swift, Zack Efron, Danny DeVito, Betty White, and Ed Helms. As much as I love Frank Reynolds, I'm sorry. This year alone, Rango, Rio, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Cars 2 all had better casts.
 
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Psychopath is my favorite poster because he's either an only child, has a touch of Aspergers or autism, or a combination of all three.
 

WhiteHonkyDevil

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God. I fucking hate all the "yeah, I'm a girl...so what?" shit. So what, indeed. Nobody said anything about it until you brought it up. Kindly take your weird attention whoring and overinflated sense of entitlement and fuck off.
 
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I challenge the dumb bitch who wrote this to a fight. I'll show her why she's physically inferior and the coaches wanted me to play instead of her.

One of us was meant to hunt, the other was meant to cook, so long story short, Darwin wants your ass back in the kitchen, bitch.
 

Poison The Well

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I went to college with this Hispanic chick who was smoking hot, pretty intelligent, but a hardcore feminist and extremely liberal. She would seriously argue with anyone over anything just to hear herself talk and was constantly trying to be the person that argued about everything in a classroom debate. The only reason I actually got to know her was because she was dating my best friend and was CONSTANTLY around. I think I was the first person to ever call her a cunt to her face when she started getting uppity about shit she knew nothing about and called me a fascist for liking guns.
 

Josh_R

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Wha? That doesn't even make any fucking sense.

You like trains? That makes you a Nazi! :haha7:
That's because fucking idiot liberals don't realize that socialism (which they love), fascism, and Nazism are all essentially the same thing. They think Nazism/fascism are "conservative", hence they called Bush a fascist.
 

Motor Head

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Wha? That doesn't even make any fucking sense.

You like trains? That makes you a Nazi! :haha7:
:clap::clap::clap:

[Pew-pew-pew] her Gyno-American shield deflected your logic bullets!!! Now I have to go throw out the rope I have in my garage as I don't want to be accused of being a member of the KKK.
 

Poison The Well

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Wha? That doesn't even make any fucking sense.

You like trains? That makes you a Nazi! :haha7:
I was one of the few kids at my school who had a car freshman year and I was also one of the only smokers who had a car. So whenever I went to buy smokes people would hitch a ride. She was one of them and just to piss her off I would make her sit in the back "like a lady should." She couldn't bitch because I would have made her walk.
 
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My wife's got this batty friend (who thank god is hot as fuck or I would have killed her by now) who told me the problem with the BP oil spill was we all needed to pray more. Understand, she said this to me and another oil guy who're having a very in-depth conversation about what went wrong, how to go about fixing it, etc. We go back and forth with her about it for a few minutes basically out of sheer fascination, saying things like "When a light turns red, do you push the pedal on the left or do you just hope god stops the car?" It was fun.

Fast forward a few months and we all take a trip down to float the river together, and her and their other friend corner my wife and have a sort of intervention about me being an Athiest. My wife laughed, and sort of went, "You two aren't? All the cool kids are doing it!" and they sort of stared at her in shock as she laughed and walked away.

Chick A smokes a metric fuck-ton of weed every day, was too stupid to do the job she got promoted to in my wife's company so she went to one of their shitty competitors where they put her in charge of the department and she's leaving them open to billions of dollars in risk (can't wait to watch that cookie crumble), and she's convinced she's going to run for President one day. I'm not joking. Chick B's actually cool as fuck and married to my Ranger buddy in Afghanistan right now, she's just kind of old-fashioned.

Any way, felt like a good time for a bitches be dumb story.
 

Poison The Well

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I honestly don't even have an issue with women being proud of being a woman. What I have an issue with is when women try and make all of their problems the result of men holding them down. The girl I was speaking about in my previous posts called another one of my friends a "Chauvinist Pig" when he made a joke about women belonging in the kitchen. Obviously, he was joking and was just trying to get a rise out of her. But I can't stand how it's sort of looked down upon for a male to be proud of being a male while it's okay for a woman to be proud of being a woman. It's sort of like how they will have Black Pride and Hispanic Pride parades in certain cities but you bet your ass they would never have a white pride parade because that is automatically connotative of being a racist rather than just being proud of who you are.
 

Psychopath

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Psychopath is my favorite poster because he's either an only child, has a touch of Aspergers or autism, or a combination of all three.
I am an only child. I don't see what that has to do with anything I post.
 

Psychopath

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He's saying you're very short and anti-social. I would have said that made you a member of Wackbag, but whatevz.
I am, a bit. When I read articles like this it reminds me of the liberal pc cunts I had to deal with in college. I had to grit my teeth for years.
 
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I am, a bit. When I read articles like this it reminds me of the liberal pc cunts I had to deal with in college. I had to grit my teeth for years.
To this day it's why my GI Bill goes mostly unused. I couldn't handle dealing with those fuckbag idiot college professors. I had one once tell me there was no such thing as people in China killing daughters because of the one child law, and she was an expert because she'd been to Hong Kong a bunch of times a long time ago. I called her out in front of the class on the fact that she didn't even understand that Hong Kong was under England's control during the times that she went, and it was irresponsible of her as a teacher to spout shit she knew nothing about. I had about 20 of these stories over the course of about a month, and was done with college shortly there-after.
 

Party Rooster

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It's sort of like how they will have Black Pride and Hispanic Pride parades in certain cities but you bet your ass they would never have a white pride parade because that is automatically connotative of being a racist rather than just being proud of who you are.
Funny how those non-racist white pride parades turn out...:action-sm

 
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He's saying you're very short and anti-social. I would have said that made you a member of Wackbag, but whatevz.
Yeah. It's just the vibe I get. The same vibe when I look in the mirror or reflect on my own life.