Both Zoë Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian have dealt with a lot of hot garbage at the hands of sexists on the Internet (and IRL) whose "solutions" to women having voices in online spaces are harassment and abuse. They would each have every right to complain and be angry about their own trials. Instead, they are each using their experiences to fuel projects that make serving other women the focus.Read More
Today in heartwarming viral media, a South Carolina 2-year-old named Sophia was allowed to select the doll of her choice at Target. She chose a black doll and was questioned about the choice by the cashier, who asked if she wouldn't prefer a doll that looked like her, according to Sophia's mother. Sophia proudly stuck by her selection, and this is now a story covered by dozens of outlets around the world.Read More
The dad who created the "Glowy Zoey" costume has created "Princess Cumulus," a thundercloud costume for his daughter.Read More
Yesterday, Zoe Quinn, game developer and founder of the Crash Override Network, tweeted about Nintendo's decision to use a joke in Paper Mario: Color Splash that contained a reference to "Five Guys" and Gamergate.Read More
It's been a year and a half of constant misogynist abuse - from people she knows and people she doesn't know - and Zoe Quinn is tired.Read More
If anyone deserves a biopic, it's Zoë Quinn, whose accomplishments in gaming are matched only by her strength and perserverence as she battles asshats on the internet. Well today, she announced that she has a book coming out at the end of next year and has scored a film deal based on it!Read More
The UN released a lengthy report today about the types of online harassment and cyber crimes that are perpetrated primarily against women and girls, then hosted an event at which several speakers discussed the state of gendered violence online; Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian spoke at that meeting today, and their names also appear in the report, alongside the names of several other women who've had similar experiences.Read More
"This is a real person, and she deserves respect."
Last week, iTunes released Shannon Sun-Higginson's documentary GTFO: The Movie to the general public. In an interview with TIME, the director discussed her goals and the process of making the film about women in gaming.Read More
The death threat you're about to hear in this tape comes from Columbus, Ohio. The prosecuting attorney in that district is Ron O’Brien. If he wished, he could bring criminal charges against this man by the end of the day. I have an employee at my company whose entire job it is to research and catalogue these threats for law enforcement. And yet, terrifyingly, nothing has been done.Read More
In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered actually about ethics in game journalism.Read More
[UPDATED] Feminist Frequency Releases Its Annual Report, Sarkeesian Affirms Commitment to Fighting Online Harassment
Need a breath of hope for the video games industry, particularly the presence of women and women's voices within it and its community? Well, Feminist Frequency's 2014 backer report isn't all sunshine and rainbows... but it's got a few solid rays.Read More
A decision was made this week by "Wikipedia's supreme court" to ban five editors who were attempting to prevent the "Gamergate Controversy" article from taking on a pro-Gamergate slant. The editors can not only no longer edit the Gamergate entry, but also any other entry having to do with "gender or sexuality, broadly construed."Read More
For someone like Adam Baldwin, whose livelihood (and certainly his demand as a con guest) is fairly dependent on his relationship with fans, identifying as a Gamergater should be a career killer--and if women received the respect we deserve overall in nerd culture, it could be.Read More
Billed as "by survivors, for survivors," Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz have launched the Crash Override Network, which is also billed as an "online anti-harassment task force."Read More
Newsweek Drills Down on Percentage of #GamerGate Tweets to Developers Rather Than Journalists, Results Are Predictable
Predictable by an order of magnitude.
"The Twitter frameworks show I've BLOCKED more users than Newsweek says sent me negative messages," said Brianna Wu.Read More
Zoë Quinn has experienced two months of harassment at the hands of GamerGaters. Today, she followed in Brianna Wu's footsteps and appeared on MSNBC to talk about the abuse she's experienced and what it means for other women in the tech and gaming industries.Read More
Easy to say when you're not scared for your life, I guess.
"If I could go back in time and tell myself not to do this. I wouldn’t. That is, I wouldn’t tell myself not to. Because it’s for the best."Read More
At least we have #GameEthics now, right?
There's been another big development in the ongoing Gamergate discussion on Twitter, and it's a doozy.Read More
"Ethics of game journalism" my ass.
It's heartbreaking that another article about harassment in the gaming community is necessary, but the escalating and ongoing vitriol being spewed against women and their male allies who dare to criticize gamer culture or work in video games is continuing to take on new and disappointing forms.Read More
If you think you're seeing more stories about people being jerks or otherwise getting up to criminal mischief online, you'd be right. But it's not because it's happening more often, it's because more people are taking a stand against it.Read More