Solarpunk, Gardening, and Quiet Revolution
Between the ecological disaster in Brazil, terrorist attacks in Nigeria, Paris, Lebanon, and Iraq, the constant reminders of global warming, and the never ending stream of mass shootings and police violence in our own country, it’s a hard time to be hopeful as a 20-something in America.
StemBox: The Girliest Toy of All
The fact that women are underrepresented in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) is well documented, with some estimates putting women’s role in these fields as low as 25 percent. Unfortunately, identifying that there is a problem has proven far easier than eradicating it (like most things in life). But one Kickstarter campaign seeks to combat this underrepresentation.
What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Post-Apocalyptic World Like This: Benevolent Sexism in Rust
I originally played Rust, by Facepunch Studios, back in the good old days. Back before the huge recent overhaul of this early access game that has fans fuming. And believe me, I tried to replay recently and missed the easy resource gathering and the old landscape of “Old Rust”.
#NailedIt: Getting Gender and Sexuality Right in Comic Books
There has been a lot of news lately about companies doing a poor job representing women, non-binary gendered individuals, and members of the LGBT community in games, movies, and books. And it is a valid case. However, there are many creators displaying a fantastic capability for depicting characters of all genders and sexualities. [NSFW] Full Article
On Gender and Cosplay
We’ve all heard the stereotype: cosplayers are just fake nerd girls who dress up for male attention. We’ve all seen women endure slut-shaming and name-calling because they had the audacity to dress up as a character they like from a favorite game or comic.
BioWare, Romance, and Character
Recently, much attention has been paid to Ubisoft regarding their lack of female player characters. The internet community is standing up for inclusion and criticizing what should be completely unacceptable behavior. However, another story has been making its rounds much more quietly. BioWare has announced that some romance options in Dragon Age: Inquisition will be restricted based on the player character's gender. Full Article
Discrimination in Competitive Gaming
Controversy recently erupted when it came to light that the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) would not be allowing female players to participate in the same competitions as male players. This decision was purportedly made in an attempt to legitimize online competitive gameplay as a real sport, in the same league as football and baseball. Full Article
Women Scare Ubisoft
Ubisoft just can't catch a break. Their angry white men are in jeopardy—both those who are in the games and those who play them.
Call to Action: The Unicorn Files
The Unicorn Files is a photojournalism project that aims to capture the diverse body of female geeks by photographing individual geek women and giving them a chance to tell their story. Fanpup ladies, we need you to participate! Check out this project today!
Game of Consent: Review of Season 3, Episode 3
Game of Thrones is well known for being one of the most controversial shows on television. True to form, last Sunday’s episode certainly did not fall short in the controversy department, as show creators took what was a consensual sexual encounter in the books and turned it into a rape scene. Full Article
Even Batman Needs Alone Time: A Strategy Guide for Mental Health at Conventions
If you have concerns about managing anxiety, depression, ADHD, or other general issues, this is the convention walk through for you! Full Article
The Space-Gender Continuum: How Saga Defies Gender Expectations
An intergalactic war, a forbidden love story, tree rocket ships, magic and monsters, and a colorful cast of alien characters are all done well in Saga, but they have been done before countless times before. So why is Saga so captivating, and why does it have the potential to surpass its own fad to significantly influence future comic series? Full Article...
Sailor Moon: The Gateway Drug to Anime...and Feminism
Many fans of the hit cartoon Sailor Moon can tie their appreciation of Japanese anime directly to that particular TV show . U.S. audiences in the 1990's hadn't encountered anything quite like Sailor Moon and her friends. Underneath all of the bright colors and action sequences, Sailor Moon offers some great messages for young people. Full Article...
The Codex of Convention Etiquette
Conventions provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to geeks everywhere. They offer a chance to meet like-minded people, chat with your favorite celebrities and creators, and find out the latest and greatest insider info. Attendees always go home with some amazing stories, but unfortunately there's usually a bad experience or two thrown in the mix. Full Article...
Video Game Ladies we Love
The world of video games is often considered to be the domain of men, in spite of the actual statistics (45% of video game players are female, according to a 2013 study by ESA). The realization of equal and fair representation is a constant uphill struggle. Full Article...
thoughts from the web...
What a great organization! Con or Bust helps fans of color get to conventions with some powerful financial assistance.
Here's the latest entry in the Feminist Frequency series by Anita Sarkeesian. The whole series is excellent too and should be required viewing for game developers.
Polygon's recent article about the development of video game marketing sheds some light on how the video game community became a "boy's club."