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@gaff said:

@omghisam said:

@gaff said:

@bushpusherr said:

@spacekatgal said:

That's fine. His company, his choice. But look - this site has 0 percent diversity. None. Zero. Zip. In an industry where women are literally being threatened out of our homes due to misogynistic culture - Giant Bomb is the most egregious example of a journalist enterprise not caring about diversity.

Want to hear black voices? Giant Bomb chooses not to hire them.

Want to hear women's voices? Giant Bomb chooses not to hire them.

Want to hear gay voices? Giant Bomb chooses not to hire them.

Want to hear Hispanic voices? Giant Bomb chooses not to hire them.

Want to hear transgender voices? Giant Bomb chooses not to hire them.

This is an industry with a really terrible track record of diversity. And, Giant Bomb's choices make it poster child of not caring about diversity. His company, his choice - but I'm known for advocating women in this field. And Giant Bomb doesn't get a pass just because they are good guys.

Their decision to keep their heads in the sand on issues affecting women DEVASTATES their credibility of being allies to women, especially with Samantha.

Don't get me wrong, I totally wish Giant Bomb had all the funds in the world to hire to their heart's content, bring in all these voices, and have this place just be overflowing with awesome fucking content.

I guess, personally, I just don't begrudge them because to all the world it seems that they were only able to get the go-ahead for new hires after the tragic passing of a coworker and their senior video producer moving to New York. :(

I personally think the question of GB's hirings should be directed to CBSi or whatever company they've outsourced their selection process to. No offense, but one of the downsides of having access more corporate funds and resources means that you're beholden to that company's hiring procedure.

Dan was a friend of Jeff's, appearing during the E3 podcasts and monthly on the Powerbombcast and Jason was a coworker of Dan's. I got to believe CBSi HR didn't make the decision for GB. I can understand Samantha's disappointment. Unless you're part of the boys' club, how can you network in the same way? This is how women and people of color get shut out of this industry and many others. It's not conscious, just people in power having someone they know in mind for a limited number of positions. I frankly would have loved to see Holly Green hired. She's hilarious on twitter.

I think it's more likely that some HR person, maybe inhouse, maybe outsourced, looked at Dan's and Jason's resume and thought "These guys are perfect": Worked at Game Informer, has video experience, has review experience, and consequently put them in a pile of likely candidates and forwarded the list to Jeff.

What you're proposing is possible, but hiring decisions for GB thus far Ryan = friend of Jeff going back before Ryan worked at Gamespot. Alex = friend of Jeff before Alex worked at GameSpot, Brad = interned and later worked at GameSpot, Vinny = coworker at GameSpot, Rory = worked at GameSpot Patrick = reached out to Jeff over twitter about news position. Dan = friend and podcast cohost, Jason = coworker of Dan. I guess some female journalists should start buddying around with Jeff.

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@gaff said:

@bushpusherr said:

@spacekatgal said:

That's fine. His company, his choice. But look - this site has 0 percent diversity. None. Zero. Zip. In an industry where women are literally being threatened out of our homes due to misogynistic culture - Giant Bomb is the most egregious example of a journalist enterprise not caring about diversity.

Want to hear black voices? Giant Bomb chooses not to hire them.

Want to hear women's voices? Giant Bomb chooses not to hire them.

Want to hear gay voices? Giant Bomb chooses not to hire them.

Want to hear Hispanic voices? Giant Bomb chooses not to hire them.

Want to hear transgender voices? Giant Bomb chooses not to hire them.

This is an industry with a really terrible track record of diversity. And, Giant Bomb's choices make it poster child of not caring about diversity. His company, his choice - but I'm known for advocating women in this field. And Giant Bomb doesn't get a pass just because they are good guys.

Their decision to keep their heads in the sand on issues affecting women DEVASTATES their credibility of being allies to women, especially with Samantha.

Don't get me wrong, I totally wish Giant Bomb had all the funds in the world to hire to their heart's content, bring in all these voices, and have this place just be overflowing with awesome fucking content.

I guess, personally, I just don't begrudge them because to all the world it seems that they were only able to get the go-ahead for new hires after the tragic passing of a coworker and their senior video producer moving to New York. :(

I personally think the question of GB's hirings should be directed to CBSi or whatever company they've outsourced their selection process to. No offense, but one of the downsides of having access more corporate funds and resources means that you're beholden to that company's hiring procedure.

Dan was a friend of Jeff's, appearing during the E3 podcasts and monthly on the Powerbombcast and Jason was a coworker of Dan's. I got to believe CBSi HR didn't make the decision for GB. I can understand Samantha's disappointment. Unless you're part of the boys' club, how can you network in the same way? This is how women and people of color get shut out of this industry and many others. It's not conscious, just people in power having someone they know in mind for a limited number of positions. I frankly would have loved to see Holly Green hired. She's hilarious on twitter.

#3 Posted by omghisam (317 posts) -

@spacekatgal said:

@rangers517 said:

How do you feel about all these friends you've listed that have attacked GB publicly on twitter when the staff is obviously not harassing any of you. Stuff like this:

And Maddy Myers tweets have been extremely unprofessional and obviously none of the GB guys can answer stuff like this back. And if there's going to be answer to this saying that stuff like this is scrutinized more because these are women, can you point me to any tweet any of the gb staff has made that publicly dissed other sites or people in the industry on a personal level?

Leigh is expressing a view on Giant Bomb. As a journalist, she finds it uninteresting. I think forming opinions and voicing them is what she's paid for.

Are you surprised that a woman has a little animosity for a site that chooses again and again and again not to hire us?

As far as Maddy Myers? She's my cohost on Isometric, I'll thank you not to bash her. She is a spunky journalist that says what's on her mind. If she were a man, you'd be praising her. Because she's a woman, she's "unprofessional."

Actually, does anyone have a date stamp on when Leigh made that tweet? Also, I remember a long time ago (before CBS) when Ryan posted a screenshot of his desktop to show the Bombcast being processed where you can see an IM message between him and someone else talking about Leigh responding to all her haters and Ryan saying that she might be a sociopath. Once again, they were friends, I'm not sure about now, but twitter is, once again, not the best place for the demonstration of professionalism.

Also what the fuck are you people doing asking Brianna Wu's opinion on Leigh Alexander and Maddy Myers's behavior on Twitter? Some of my favorite journalists I follow on Twitter are super unprofessional on twitter. IT'S TWITTER.

Leigh deleted that almost as soon as she posted it. I do the same thing all the time.

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@anund said:

@teaoverlord said:

@voysa_reezun: Neither of those definitions really describe someone who believes in equal pay for women. I'm sure many (most?) humanists do believe in equal pay but that isn't what makes them humanists.

I know it sucks having to admit you stuck your foot in your mouth in such a spectacular fashion, but this is the time to admit you were wrong and move on, not dig your hole even deeper.

No he's right. Take an intro course to philosophy, humanism is a thing that already has a meaning.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_humanism_in_Northern_Europe

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanism

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Humanism

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I am in favor of "We'll take over from here, ladies."-ism

#8 Posted by omghisam (317 posts) -

@excast said:

@spacekatgal said:

When Giant Bomb chooses to not hire women, it has consequences. When the industry press does nothing while women are having their lives destroyed, it has consequences. I would suggest every man in this industry has a HELL of a lot of soul searching to do about the part they played in creating this situation.

I am not talking about the death threats here, but when it comes to the quality of dialogue I think that there is plenty some women could do to improve the situation. The accusatory, dismissive, extremely aggressive tone I often see from certain women in the industry have done very little to foster a quality discussion.

It's not a discussion though. It's a stall to maintain status quo. That's what tone policing is. The aggrieved after having something taken away is told to calmly explain why they should get it back. Women should be angry and forceful. That's how they make any progress in society.

#9 Posted by omghisam (317 posts) -

@jonyjc said:

Did she call the police and report it?

The threats were sent to the school she was going to speak at. They called the police. From the Washington Post article:

According to university spokesman Tim Vitale, the university formulated a security plan when they knew Sarkeesian was coming, prior to her arrival. “We were going to not allow bags in at all,” Vitale said. Once the threat was sent, “We added officers, both uniform and undercover, and we were going to empty the room and sweep the room [for bombs].”

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Vitale said Milne was overwhelmed Tuesday coordinating with the Logan, Utah, police force, as well as the FBI’s cyberterrorism task force and behavioral analysis unit, to track down the source of the threat and assess the probability the perpetrator would act on it.

[Source]

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@rorie said:

@jaytow said:

@rorie said:

@jaytow said:

The hysterical manner in which feminists engage in video game related debate is no excuse to scare a human being in this way, shame on the guy who did this.

Many people feel frustrated by the recent wave of internet feminists but you can tackle these people with logical and sensible debate, this guy is making all who oppose the ultra liberal-leftie video games journalists, who want to constantly push their political agenda in our faces, look like evil people which, of course, isn't the case. This guy is a dick and it's a shame that he currently represents the counter argument to all this hysteria, we're not all like him.

I hope you're cognizant of the weirdness of accusing feminists of "hysteria."

Maybe you should read my message again, I made it clear that I'm referring too "the manner in which feminists engage in video game related debate" and not the wider issue of feminism so please don't try to mislead people or misinterpret my posts and it's perfectly possible for someone who supports the rights of a specific group in society whether it's gender, race, religion to be hysterical Rorie. Being a feminists doesn't make you a good person, it is not necessarily a noble cause, it is noble when your goals are gender equality, yes, but this isn't always the case.

I'm just saying that the word "hysteria" has a pretty loaded history when it comes to describing the actions of women. The root of the word comes from the Greek term "of the womb" (hence terms like "hysterectomy") and has historically been a pretty great way of patting women on the head and dismissing their opinions as pure emotionality.

And throwing them into insane asylums https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_hysteria