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Take the Pledge!

I thought this was a nifty little website, and wanted to pass it along so others could share it. I’ve gotten some of my male gamer buddies on my Facebook to sign up (including The Boyfriend), so yay!

From the Gamers Against Bigotry website:

As a gamer, I realize I contribute to an incredibly diverse social network of gamers around the world, and that my actions have the ability to impact others. In effort to make a positive impact, and to create a community that is welcoming to all, I pledge to not use bigoted language while gaming, online and otherwise.

Bigoted language includes, but is not limited to, slurs based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.

Read more about the pledge, including what is and isn’t included, and the overall purpose here.

Read why you shouldn’t use the word “rape” casually here.

The people behind this website are looking to become a non-profit, so please donate if you can. The Mary Sue posted an interview with one of the founders of the site, which is a really fantastic read.

The pledge benefits folks who are already avoiding bigoted language in-game because it unites them and shows them they aren’t the only ones who feel the way they do. At times, and depending on the game you’re playing, it can feel like you’re the only one who is put off by the bigoted speech that’s tossed around in game chat. Every additional pledge is another person speaking up, publicly, that bigoted language isn’t okay. As our numbers grow, we’ll get a better sense of where the gaming community really stands on this stuff.

You can pledge on their website, “like” them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

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Yes, I’m still upset about this.

A D&D update post IS coming, but first…gamer dudes with bad attitudes are PWND.

And now, for a Public Service Announcement supporting feminism.

Anita Sarkeesian is the creator of Feminist Frequency on YouTube, which discusses feminism and misogyny in both pop culture and in geekdom. She’s smart, concise, and is a wonderful feminist voice in a world where women are marginalized, harrased, and put down. Not just in the regular, big, outside world, but especially in the geek world. Anita is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for her upcoming project, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. Unfortunately, the gamer community has caught wind of this and have begin harassing her website, Wikipedia page, YouTube videos, etc.

No, really. When I say “harassing,” I really mean terrorizing.

This coordinated attack was launched by various online video game forums and has included attempts to get my accounts banned, a torrent of hate on YouTube, plus countless threats of violence, death, sexual assault and rape. As part of that intimidation effort the Wikipedia page about me was vandalized with misogynist language, pornography and racial slurs.

This was not done by just one or two trolls but was a coordinated cyber mob style effort involving dozens of people.

It’s important that Anita’s message about misogyny in video games sees the light of day in spite of these attacks against her, and if you can donate to her Kickstarter project it’d be absolutely wonderful. She’s already far surpassed her original goal on the Kickstarter campaign, but any and all extra money will go to future FemFreq projects. I’ve spoken to Anita previously and she’s absolutely lovely, and this sort of treatment towards a woman standing up for a marginalized group in geekdom is NOT FAIR.

…these types of online harassment tactics are used against women, feminists and people from oppressed and marginalized groups everyday.

Anita is absolutely right, and as a female geek/nerd/gamer/etc. myself, to see someone like Anita with such a wonderful mind and voice coming under attack for spreading the truth about misogyny in gaming is sickening. Especially since it’s not just a troll here or there, it’s a concentrated group effort by multiple popular online forums.

I am certainly not the first woman to suffer this kind of harassment and sadly, I won’t be the last. But I’d just like to reiterate that this is not a trivial issue. It can not and should not be brushed off by saying, “oh well that’s YouTube for you“, “trolls will be trolls” or “it’s to be expected on the internet”. These are serious threats of violence, harassment and slander across many online platforms meant to intimidate and silence. And its not okay.

Support Anita, and support a feminist voice in the geek world.

/endPSA

Why Do Movies Hate Nerd Love? – an excellent article about nerd portrayal in modern cinema

Why Do Movies Hate Nerd Love? – an excellent article about nerd portrayal in modern cinema

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