I just wanted to do a quick follow-up on my Harassment, silencing, and gaming communities, posting some relevant links.
First up is Lake Desire with her thoughts on my piece. My favourite part is where she says this:
I want to be able to speak up in mainstream places without being ignored, having my character attacked, or called names. But Iâ€™m not willing to grow a thicker skin, to censor myself, to have to constantly, preemptively watch my back. Iâ€™m not asking for special treatment, just to be treated with respect owed to all human beings. Until the mainstream is ready for that, Iâ€™ll continue to blog from the margins where I can call some shots.
Next is something not related to gaming, but related to the incident that spawned my post. Apparently my reference to Something Awful was closer to the truth than I knew. Richie over at Criticisms has the scoop on Lowtax’s misogynistic and downright hateful response to the Kathy Sierra incident (warning: reading through that entire thread is downright depressing).
And so as not to end on too much of a downer, I just wanted to highlight a post by m of my grown-up life, i love being a woman, to remind us why it’s so darn important to not let women’s voices be silenced:
and in the end, i am happy to be a woman. i’m happy to know women who are happy being women. i’m happy to know men who really love women. but most of all, i’m happy that there are folks out there with voices, who can teach girls and women of all ages, my little girl included, that it is a beautiful thing to be born without a y chromosome.