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Cover Letter for a Sexist CraigsList Job Posting

I’m writing this letter in response to the available Lady Video Game Streamer position you posted on CraigsList. Attached is my resume.

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It’s Trendy to Put a Woman in Your Big-Budget Videogame

Let's compare notes: how many big-budget contemporary video games have a female protagonist?

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Pixelthreads: Metal Gear Sold V’s Quiet & Parody, Sexiness, and Objectification

The reasons for Metal Gear Solid V’s Quiet, the game’s silent female sniper, have probably been one of game's biggest fashion mysteries. Her look caused a bit of an uproar when her character was finally revealed in all her bikini top glory, largely due to the fact that this is a female character that cannot talk and is also heavily sexualized.

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Does Losing To A Woman Matter to Sexist Gamers? Skepchick Parses the Data

Remember that study about how men who harass women in online games seemed to get more vitriolic when said women kicked their virtual butts? Rebecca Watson, a.k.a. "Skepchick," has done a deep dive on the data made available by that study's researchers, and she believes this conclusion might over-state the case a bit. In other words, the "sore loser" explanation isn't the whole story about harassment in online games.

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Former Competitive Smash Bros. Player Talks About Fighting Sexism in eSports

eSports are growing in popularity at an incredibly fast rate, but they still have a long way to go in terms of being inclusive. Competitive Smash Bros. Melee player Lilian "Milktea" Chen has dealt with her share of sexism over the course of her Smash career, and in this TED Talk, she advocates a simple solution: talking things through and educating those who don't understand why their behavior is harmful.

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Things We Saw Today: Same Bat Tights; Same Bat Chenille

Holey Bat-tights?

OK, so they're not chenille, but these sure are Bat-tights from Hot Topic, and I can't resist a good textile pun. (via Fashion Tips From Comic Strips)

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Intel Wants Diversity in the Workplace, Puts $300 Million Where Their Mouth Is

"This isn't just good business, it's the right thing to do."

What's the best way to help your image after accidentally taking sides in a gender-based smear campaign in the video game world? Put forth millions of dollars toward getting more women in the industry. Oh, and they promoted Feminist Frequency. I believe they call this a mic drop.

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Sony Uses the Ol’ “Sexy Lady Doctor” Trope to Sell PS Vita in Mind-Numbingly Sexist Ad

Women are too hard to animate market to.

Quelle surprise! The company that brought us 2012's PS VITA "Touch Both Sides to Play" ad campaign featuring a four-breasted-lady has once again managed to insult both women and its teen boy target demographic in one sadly predictable swoop.

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IeSF World Championship Changes Stance On Gender Segregation, Now “Open for All”

All you gamer ladies, show us what you got!

The International eSports Federation re-wrote their rules to allow anyone to enter their main World Championship tournaments.

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Finnish Hearthstone Tournament Isn’t Accepting Female Entries

Apparently girls aren't as good at video games.

Finnish Assembly isn't allowing women to enter their Hearthstone tournament - but it's not entirely their fault.

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The Mary Sue’s 10 Most Talked-About Stories of 2013

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2013 has given us some good, some bad, and some ugly, same as every year. Also the same as every year: Some of the stories we’ve posted have struck a chord with our community of readers and gotten you talking to the tune of thousands of comments in the last 12 months. We love you guys, have we said? With the year drawing to a close, we present to you the stories that most got your metaphorical tongues metaphorically wagging.

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Things We Saw Today: Iron Gorilla Makes Us Wonder What An All Gorilla Avengers Would Look Like

Things We Saw Today

This Iron Man gorilla is part of an outdoor art exhibition in Norwich,UK, GoGoGorillas, which would be a pretty amazing art exhibit even if it didn't include our favorite playboy million-air philanthropist, if we're being honest. (via Laughing Squid)

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Microsoft Comments On Xbox Rape Joke Controversy At E3

Consider the Following

Microsoft has responded to accusations one of their game producers used a rape joke in a recent presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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Things We Saw Today: What Batman Characters Do On Their Day Off

Things We Saw Today

"Day Off," by Deviantartist botjira, via Screen Rant.

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Why Nerd Sexism — Or Any Sexism — Is Not Okay Under Any Circumstances [Video]

and let it be known

Bob Chipman, movie critic at The Escapist, has some words for those who say nasty, sexist things in the gaming community -- or any community, really -- and why it is not okay, why it has never been okay, and why it will never be okay. Almost six minutes of reasons, folks. Thanks to tipster Alexandra! (via The Escapist)

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This Gamer Girl Manifesto PWNS [VIDEO]

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Whether you refer to yourself as a Gamer Girl, a Girl Gamer or simply a Gamer, it's likely you've been singled out at one point or another for being a woman who plays video games. It might have been in a positive way but more often than not, it gets negative attention. A handful of ladies who play got together to make this video telling the world it's not acceptable for you to sexualize them for their mere existence in the video game world. They are there to kick ass and take names, just like everyone else. But they don't stop there, they also suggest fellow gamers don't be racist or homophobic and ask, "What kind of player are you?" And surprise! The comments on the video have already devolved to the lowest common denominator thus proving their point. Thanks for saying what needs saying, ladies. (via Epic Ponyz)

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A Simple Illustration To Tell When A Video Game Is Being Sexist

+2 Cha -2 Str

Have you ever started putting together your character for a game, flipped through the possible choices, landed on the (most likely lone) female and gone, "WHY ISN'T SHE WEARING ANY CLOTHES?!?" If so, the following illustration, by Redditor stareattheart is for you. 

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