And speaking of don’t do that, Bruce Gorton did a column about geek sexism yesterday.
When it comes to sexism geeks have a serious problem just talking about it.
We have such a huge problem talking about it that the fact that women gamers are talking about it is seen as censorship. Think about how twisted the logic has to be, that so many arguments amount to some guy telling women to shut up – for the sake of free speech.
And gaming isn’t the only place where this happens. The atheist community was rocked by women in atheism calling for an end to sexual harassment at conventions not that long ago.
Atheist activism currently focuses heavily around breaking the taboo of “You can’t talk about that.”
This was the point to the out campaign, to people wearing t-shirts inviting debate etc…
Yet when it came to addressing real feminist concerns – talking about it was treated as some great taboo.
It was, and is. Really. I’m still getting people solemnly telling me I had no business saying Michael Shermer said something sexist when Michael Shermer said something sexist. Really? Why would that be, exactly? I didn’t say he should be flayed alive, after all, I simply said he said something sexist, which he assuredly did. (Don’t believe me? Try changing it to “it’s more of a white thing.” Not racist? Ha. And “more of a guy thing” is sexist.)
It’s pathetic that we still have to fight this battle. But there it is.