Why does sexism persist in the video games industry?

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Re: Why does sexism persist in the video games industry?

Post by Forty Two » Mon Mar 14, 2016 1:44 pm

Explanation needed -- "The path to Saturday's summit was dramatic. It began when Caroline Sinders, a Brooklyn-based user researcher, mooted the idea of a panel discussion at SXSW looking at online harassment - specifically, harassment within gaming.

After threats of harassment were made, Ms Sinders' panel was cancelled by SXSW."

So, wait what? They had a panel discussion scheduled that was about "harassment within gaming." Then there were "threats of harassment." So, they canceled the panel?

What in the world happened? Somebody posted something online declaring the intention to harass people involved in the harassment panel? How would they do this, exactly? Show up at the panel discussion and start making sexist comments? Or, would they post sexist things on some forum on the internet?

Anybody know what this was?

It sounds really stupid, like the panel was canceled for no good reason. I mean, if Richard Dawkins speaks at panel discussion, he is always under "threat of harassment" from Creationists and other anti-science folks. They threaten to and then do send him mean and profane emails, tweets, posts, etc., and post nastiness all over the internet about it and toward him. Does he cancel his panel discussions because of this "threat of harassment?"

I don't know, maybe the threats were of violence or something. Seems weird to leave that out of the article, if indeed there were concrete threats of violence forcing them to shut the panel down. That would be like Trump saying over the weekend that he had to cancel his Chicago rally because of "threats of harassment."
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