Who is the Drama Queen?

The feminist subject “in the room” hence “brings others down” not only by talking about unhappy topics such as sexism but by exposing how happiness is sustained by erasing the signs of not getting along. […] My point here would be that feminists are read as being unhappy, such that situations of conflict, violence, and […]

Why Women Feel Guilty About Gaming

Women’s leisure is not taken seriously because women’s work is not taken seriously. Women’s work outside of the home is still construed as a kind of hobby. At the same time, the work inside the home is invisible and unpaid. In a world where the value of a thing is determined by its price, unpaid […]

Why I Write About Gaming and Feminism

I write about gaming and feminism because I love gaming as a hobby, but because we live in a sexist world, and games reflect the world, games are not free of sexism. If I thought that games and gamers were incorrigibly sexist and horrible, I would not bother to write about them very much. I […]

The Seven Habits of Women-Friendly Gaming Communities

Every time I go to a garage sale, I see a dusty copy of The Seven Habit of Highly Effective People. There must be a lot of people trying to be effective but not really putting their heart in it.  I read the introduction once where the author shows his scheduling priority system and I […]

No Chicks Allowed in Techs’ New Golf

The Internet, and game worlds even more so, have become a third place. A third place is somewhere that isn’t home and isn’t work, but a semi-public place where one goes often and sees other people. The bar in the TV show Cheers was a third place. Coffee houses, gyms, city parks, and now, add […]

Stupid Advice for Preventing In-Game Harassment

Women get a lot of shit in the social space of games, just for being women. Every woman gamer has to have some strategy for dealing with sexual harassment and threats. Sometimes we get some really stupid advice. My favorite, stupidest piece of advice: don’t let anyone know you’re a woman. The only way it’s […]

The Maggie Test for Video Games

To pass the Maggie test a video game must have: a playable female character which is available to play right away, and not as a special bonus feature In a previous post, I alluded to this video game corollary to the Bechdel test. We talked about it a bit and my friend agreed to let […]

Atari 800XE: My first computer

In 1986, my parents bought our first family computer. My first computer. We were living in a small village in Communist Poland. I’m not even sure if there was a second telephone there in addition to the one at the rural medical clinic where my parents worked. Yet, my dad, convinced that computers were the […]

The Trouble with Booth Babes

E3 was this week and I was surprised to see the coverage mentioning “booth babes” which I recalled had been banned by the conference in 2006, presumably because they were seen us un-serious and unprofessional. I was disappointed to learn of the change, because the return of the booth babes marks a step backwards for […]