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Less than one half of one percent of articles in video game journalism explicitly mention feminist topics

Morgan Ramsay has a 7.1 GB database of news articles from video game media outlets, because that’s a totally normal thing to collect, and he decided to investigate whether video game journalism has been overwhelmed by feminism, as apparently sad people on the internet fear:

Of the 84,796 articles downloaded in 2013, only 0.4493% of those articles, published by 28 of the 33 tracked outlets, mentioned feminism, sexism, or misogyny and their -ist counterparts. Less than half of a percent!

Of the 65,950 articles downloaded during the first six months of 2014, only 0.4428% of those articles, published by 27 of the 33 tracked outlets, made similar references. Also less than half of a percent! But during a six-month period.

So that’s settled.

He’s also got the articles in a Personal Storage Table in Microsoft Outlook, because that’s a totally normal place to put this kind of data. Seriously, get a load of how convoluted it is to set this thing up.

Colin: oh my god pay for a real document database application

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LEGO to Produce Female Scientist Minifigure Set

Maia Weinstock guest blogging for Scientific American:

Two and a half years ago, the LEGO Corporation made a move that set into motion a chain of events that has led, circuitously but unambiguously, to the following exciting announcement, released yesterday via YouTube: In late summer or early fall of 2014, the company will release to the public an official set of female scientist minifigures – a paleontologist, an astronomer and a chemist.

I’m linking this because it contains more information about the battle for representation in Lego figures than I ever thought I’d read today.

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Yes All Men: Assassin’s Creed Bro-op Controversy Escalates

Alec Meer for Rock, Paper, Shotgun:

I’m afraid this is going to be a long one, because the debate around Assassin’s Creed Unity not inculding any female avatar options in its co-op mode didn’t half snowball overnight. Ubisoft are now backtracking on their initial defence that this was a workload issue, and instead claim it’s a deliberate narrative-based decision – however, this only opens up more questions.

In the meantime, a former Assassin’s Creed animation lead has called foul on the original claims that animating a female character results in an unbearable workload increase, while elsewhere at E3, a Far Cry 4 dev claimed that excessive animation needs are why there are no playable women in that game.

A pretty good example of how not to handle something like this in the year 2014.

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Shame, Virginity, MRAs and the UC Santa Barbara Shooting

Dr. NerdLove on the Friday shootings near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara:

Let’s just imagine a world where Roger could have gone to somebody - his father, a therapist, a priest, somebody and said “Help me. Please. I’m hurting. I’m scared. I need someone to help me right now” without fearing that this made him weak. Without believing that this made him less.

Without believing that the answer to feeling weak was to try to reassert himself through violence and pain.

Maybe seven people would still be alive right now. Maybe seven more wouldn’t be in the hospital.

It’s on us to make this world a reality.

My heart goes out to both the families of the victims and the family of the alleged shooter Elliot Rodger.

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Female Representation in Desktop Dungeons

Rodain Joubert of QCF Design on adding female portraits to Desktop Dungeons halfway development:

Quite frankly, we wanted the women in DD’s universe to be adventurers first and runway models second. This adjustment turned out to be startlingly non-trivial – you’d think that a bunch of supposedly conscious, mindful individuals would instantly be able to nail a “good female look” (bonus points for having a woman on our crew, right?), but huge swathes of our artistic language tended to be informed by sexist and one-dimensional portrayals. We regularly surprised ourselves with how much we took for granted.

… Shorthands for the feminine kept crawling into our work when we weren’t paying attention – smooth skin, homogenised facial structures, evidence of makeup, you name it. Even characters who we thought would easily sidestep trouble (like the female wizard) simply looked like young, pretty women in grunge costume rather than hardboiled dungeoneers.

It’s a pretty honest assessment of where they succeeded and where they failed.

This isn’t especially related to the content of that post, but the trailer for the game on the front page of their site is fairly bizarre.

Colin: What on earth @ the end of that video

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BBC chief: no more comedy shows with all-male panels

Vanessa Thorpe, The Guardian:

Danny Cohen, head of the BBC’s television output, has promised viewers that the corporation will not make any more all-male comedy panel shows.

Following recommendations made by the BBC Trust last year, Cohen has underlined his determination to see women appearing in the habitually macho environment of panel shows such as QI and Mock the Week. Talking to the Observer about his plans for better representing his audiences on screen, Cohen said: “We’re not going to have any more panel shows with no women on them. It’s not acceptable.”

That’s cool. Women are hilarious, we need more of them in comedy.

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Americans See 25 as Ideal Age for Women to Have First Child

Oh boy, I sure am excited to share this Gallup poll with you. Writeup by Lydia Saad on Gallup’s site from November 8:

In light of the importance that child rearing has on gender roles in society and, ultimately, on families, workplaces, and the economy, Gallup recently asked Americans what they think is the ideal age for men and women to start having children. The majority, 58%, say 25 or younger is ideal for women, whereas the majority think men should start having children at 26 or older.



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Button Poetry:

Lily Myers, performing for Wesleyan University at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. This poem was awarded Best Love Poem at the tournament.

Her poem, “Shrinking Women,” is absolutely incredible. You can hear the audience totally flipping out, too.

The video description also includes the full text of the poem.