@mracoon said:Why would anybody be upset about this hashtag? It's a group of women in the game industry talking about the problems they've faced because of being women. I don't understand why people have such negative reactions to women raising awareness about sexism.
In all honesty, the only thing I really have a problem with is that I DO NOT WANT THIS TYPE OF CONTENT ON GIANT BOMB!
This article is Kotaku level dreck, something I honestly hoped Patrick would stay clear from. It comes off as condescending, accusatory and in no way enlightening. The audience of this site are already entrenched as cheerleaders, detractors or just indifferent to this "movement" so all it has done is stir up tons of bad vibes. Nothing good has come out of over 750 comments to this article and I am severely disappointed in Patrick's judgement that he thought this would be nothing else than clickbait. I thought he was better than that.
I very much agree.
The only way things improve is by dragging them out in the open. If we just ignore the problem or stop discussing it, it just continues to grow and get worse. I'm sure plenty of people in the '60s didn't want to talk about racism either. People 20 years ago didn't want to discuss homophobia. While those problems still exist, you bet your ass they have been lessened due to public discourse and the media. Most kids growing up today don't see anything wrong with dating someone of another race, or having a friend who happens to find the same sex attractive. That's partly because people talked about it and didn't just "shut up" because it made people uncomfortable.
I am damn insulted about how many of you white, privelieged males are comparing this to racism and the Civil Rights Movement in this thread.
Quite simply, this is an op ed that Patrick should've made on his livejournal and mentioned on Worth Reading. not something to clog up the front page on an enthusiast press site focusing on entertainment knowing full well (Unless he is denser than his hair) that would cause nothing but strife in the community as it changes no ones preconceived perceptions to the issue. It's an ill fit.
As I said, I have no problem with the hashtag and the intent behind it. It's probably cathartic and reassuring to the women WITHIN THE INDUSTRY that they are not alone and that they might band together to change things. HOWEVER as I stated earlier, this article written is condescending, accusatory and unenlightening and does nothing more than cause over 800 posts of bad blood due to Patrick trolling for hits or worse, patting himself on the back for his own tweet at the bottom. This is bush league and not at all what I expect out of Giant Bomb.