Category: Social Issues

Looking Past the Target Audience: The Never-Ending Panel and Blog

At my recent panel at Emerald City Comicon, called “Looking Past the Target Audience: Gender, Race, and Geek Identity Politics,” we as a group of panelists were fully aware that we would not be able to cover a topic this huge in scope and complexity in the short amount of time allotted. This is, briefly, what we discussed in the panel:…

#1ReasonWhy: Thoughts and Link Round-Up

An interesting conversation thread happened on Twitter last week. Someone who works at Kickstarter as the specialist for games projects asked why there are so few women working in the games industry. It’s a huge question, one that seemed like a borderline troll question, given this person’s apparent disingenuous and condescending attitude in his follow-up tweets. Despite that inauspicious start,…

Tropes vs. Women on the Internet: Having Opinions

One of the big pieces of news over the past few weeks has been the organized harassment campaign (trigger warning) against Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency. What she did wrong, according to the harassers, was to dare to put up a Kickstarter project to raise funds to create a series of web videos examining common stereotypcial female characters in videogames. She hasn’t…