- Oct 25, 2017
Woosh. "I don't see gender" is useless and part of the whole problem here. The damage is already done (and continues to be done, as all the stuff that's come out about Riot demonstrates). "Not seeing gender" or not giving a fuck about male/female/nonbinary as you put it doesn't magically undo that. As contradictory as it might seem at first, it's partly through stuff like this that the damage can begin to be undone and past/current grievances me addressed and justice start to be done.So you care what is between a person's legs and that is your focus? This is my issue. People need to stop giving a fuck about male/female/nonbinary. Care about the person. Make a place that is accepting of all, not excluding someone just to make others feel better. If you feel like you need to exclude someone, then maybe you need to explain to that person what the issue is. And, if a situation like this Pax stupidity comes up, you make the information presented at the panel public after the event. Or are you ignoring the fact that the presentation was a general one about game development and not about gender stuff? A presentation that anyone could have benefitted from.That is what the hubbub is about. You don't take a general topic of discussion and turn it into an identity politics thing.
Like, read through this entire Twitter thread as it does a better job explaining it that I can:
In particular though, I'd like to highlight this particular section that's really relevant here:
Something wrong with those women? No, not a single thing in the world is wrong with them. What's wrong is how women are treated by society, largely. How they respond to that is just a defensive measure. There's nothing wrong with them and trying to blame them and how they respond to that as if it's the women themselves that are the problem is a disgusting form of victim blaming that I can't tolerate.As for the the mere presence of a man being at an event turning some women and nonbinary people off from attending.. Well there is something wrong with those women and no binaries to think that way. The cause of that issue is clearly a greater societal thing, but no one should be afraid of another gender/sex/whatever. People need to just learn to get along and exclusion isn't going to help that.
I would highly recommend you read this Washington Post article and the thread we had here based on it. There are many valid reasons women have to be afraid of men based on their lived experiences and just so callously dismissing that out of had and saying "their's something wrong with those women" as if there's a fucking right way to respond to that garbage in the first place and as if it should even be put on them and how they respond to it is at all the problem in any way is disgusting:
Like, seriously though. Take the time to read that. Really read that.
It is gender exclusive. The whole point is the help women/nonbinary individuals break into the industry. That's something specifically for their benefit and growth. Not to help men break into the industry they already dominate. Specifically to target and help give opportunities to women/nonbinary individuals who would otherwise be passed over or missed or wouldn't feel comfortable applying. To say anyone could benefit from that is just the miss the point on such a fundamental level that's staggering to me.