30 days of sexism

“My name is Alanah Pearce and I’m a videogame journalist. I write for various websites, and make regular videos for four separate YouTube channels. I present on one TV show and for Xbox Australia on the Xbox Dashboard. I make news videos, review videos, I host events, I interview developers and I really, really love what I do.I also happen to be female. From March 7 – April 7, I documented everything blatantly sexist anyone has said to me. None of these comments were provoked, none of them were replies to something I said, none of them were at all out of the ordinary and the vast majority of them (an original count of 77 images) have been taken out so that this post isn’t as long as it probably should be. This is a 10-picture indication of what it’s like to be a woman who endorses game culture, every single month.”

See the rest here.

Thanks DF.

2 thoughts on “30 days of sexism

  1. I love that she documented this, however I don’t think this is exclusive to gaming culture. You can find comments like this on any youtube video that has a woman in it and even just pictures of women on any reporting site. There was recently an article on James Wood and Claire Massud which had photos of both of them. There were comments on Ms. Massud’s appearance (she does not dye her hair), but none on Mr. Wood. Admittedly, the comments were not as crass, but I find it interesting that in an article about middle aged literary people, several people found it appropriate to comment on the appearance of the woman.

  2. I few years ago I created some videos for rugby skills and techniques that I posted on YouTube. Many of the comments were stupid things like ‘get back in the kitchen’, ‘women playing rugby, ha ha ha!!’, ‘I’d bang her’ and such like. It was interesting because one of them I replied to (in a totally rational and non-emotive way) and after a bit of discussion he apologised and took back his earlier remarks. Most of the comments, I guess, stem from a feeling of inadequacy and threat rather than any genuine belief in what they are saying. I don’t know what the answer is except to try to engage with those that are doing it. What happened to Mary Beard, for example, was absolutely appalling but I think she dealt with it really well: http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2013/01/internet-fury.html and http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jan/26/mary-beard-question-time-internet-trolls

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