It took every ounce of willpower I had to keep myself from breaking down on the subway.
No I’m not ok.
And I’m not sure if I ever was or will be.
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 :)
I adore Felicia Day. As I become more and more acquainted to online gaming, I’m learning how this has become norm. How anything that’s deemed “offensive” is met with “Can’t you take a joke.” There needs to be more men who are willing to stand up and not tolerate this kind of behavior.
And the answer is “No I cannot take a joke when it’s sexist, racist, misogynistic, or hateful.”
I’ve been trying to make myself draw SOMETHING every single day the past few weeks and thought it would be nice to share these somewhere other than my FB page. I know these aren’t finished work, but hopefully no one minds.
I use organic soap that should help right?
I honestly don’t know how to fix one without fixing the other.
I honestly think I found that one client that makes me want to retire permanently from graphic design.
Each interaction is like “um are you even reading my emails in which I clearly state how the project will run and operate each step of the way?”
I can’t work under these circumstances.
the reason male comic book fans work themselves into a frenzied rage over “fake geek girls" is because they think they can’t get a girlfriend because of their love for comic books (a.k.a nerdiness). if they accept that geek girls genuinely love comic books, then they’re left with the cold harsh reality that it’s not their nerdiness that makes them unattractive to women, but the fact that they are misogynistic condescending dickbags who need to be avoided AT ALL COSTS