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 Sexism In Video Gaming
spooky
Posted: Sep 17 2014, 03:50 PM


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Why video gamers are speaking out against sexual harassment

BY CORINNE SEGAL September 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM EDT

... Dan Golding, director of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival in Australia, offers a different view. He wrote in a post on his blog that the hate that some gamers have aimed at Quinn is the result of male gamers fearing they will become irrelevant to gaming culture.

“Make no mistake: this is the exertion of power in the name of (male) gamer orthodoxy — an orthodoxy that has already begun to disappear,” he wrote.

Perhaps it is no coincidence that threats like these have occurred in the wake of a demographic shift in gaming.

Historically, men have made up a majority of the people who create and play video games. Women account for 3 percent of game programmers and 11 percent of game designers, according to The Boston Globe. They earned $10,000-12,000 less than their male counterparts in a 2011 salary survey published by Game Developer Magazine.
But adult women are playing video games in greater numbers than ever, with a recent study from the Entertainment Software Association describing them as the largest U.S. gaming demographic.

And more of them are also speaking out against harassment, according to Jenny Haniver, who runs the feminist gaming site “Not in the Kitchen Anymore.”

“An increase in the female gaming population means there are less of us afraid to talk about the way that we’re being treated, and we’re sick of it,” Haniver said.

A group of over 1,000 game developers recently signed an open letter launched by Andreas Zecher, developer for game studio Spaces of Play, that calls for an end to harassing speech.

“It is the diversity of our community that allows games to flourish,” the letter states.


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