(Wrote on 17th August 2012)
Okay I’ve seen 3 articles in one day about sexism in Tech and Gaming, so I feel like I have to write something.
Aisha Tyler, when I saw her on stage with Tobcus, she seemed like she didn’t know what she had been thrown into. Losing her patients with him, it made her seem like a presenter for hire rather than knowing what she was dealing with. The way she presented herself might of been too refined to convince me that she was a gamer, and it’s hard. Take Reggie from Nintendo, if you asked me do I think he’s a gamer, I would say no, infact any presenter you put on stage at E3 I don’t think they play games. Convince us that you’re a gamer who knows their shit rather than you’re a presenter. You are welcome to use the argument that your investors and shareholders don’t think it’s a presentable approach, well it’s a two sided edge, if you don’t gamers won’t think you’re real enough. Make your choice, but don’t complain when you’re aware at what’s stake.
Gizmodo, I don’t know where that came from, personally the arguments they give, seem basic to say the least. Sexual favours for jobs has always been a part, mostly I blame media for suggesting it in movies and booth babes. God I hate nothing more than a fake item to show you can pay for sex. That you can force people to like your product. You know if you didn’t hire booth babes who know nothing about games and technology and care about just getting paid I wouldn’t have this view. I’ve seen, they are a girl let them in at clubs and a girl I know got hired at Gamestop because she was an attractive girl who actually knew about games, but she’s also a hard worker. That counts for another girl who got hired at Forbbidden planet, she got hired because she dressed to impress, not in a skimpy outfit, but a suit, the other candidates who were all men decided to sport jeans and hoodies, one of them didn’t have any enthusiasm whatsoever for taking up the position.
I know so many girls, gays, and transexual who love games and technology. To me it doesn’t matter. I am more happy that there are more people. Whether you’re a social able person who A doesn’t act like a 14 year old spoiled teenager or a complete creep is another matter solely based on personality not on Gender or Sexual preference. I am happy and overjoyed that there exists, a safe place for Gay Gamers, I wish the community was more accepting. Gamer as well as other groups do indeed suffer from rejection from other groups, but this goes back to the bullied idea. Why does a bully bully? Because he/she was bullied. It’s the same reason why our community of strange folk are less accepting. Communities can be divided between those who tolerate too much and those who don’t give it a chance, both are a big problem. To me girls who like tech and games is a turn on, I admit, I don’t know where to draw the like between being friendly, flirting and taking it too far. Yeah I’m a guy, I want to sleep with you, so what?! It’s based on your interests rather than the fact that you have gigantic breasts.
Okay likely you’ve already seen it a 100 times and bought the DVD but this was my first time seeing it.
It does make you think doesn’t it, in the real word this might be how super heroes act. No morality or respect for life, it is a shame that this is what the human race comes down too.
Maybe that’s why when I invented my own super hero all those years ago I made him so powerful. I wanted him to bring down the bad guys without the need for killing. Sure you can shoot with a gun but I couldn’t kill with one. I think it’s a really good movie of expression of the darker side of human life. It explains why there are no heroes, because they would be deeply affected by it.
There no super powers, no brilliant high technology, no special martial arts. There’s just you, and what can you do. We’re writers. Posters on the internet; we look and feel on what we see and act through the expression of creativity by drawing, writing, speaking, protesting and sometimes we destruct as well by damaging. But could we do more, can we do more, what can we do? To change the world we live in for the better, to take the bad things out of life. To stop things before they happen.