Most of you probably know me from my random musings on various threads.
Regarding any stories about sexism, I've usually been somewhere in the middle pointing out it does exist, but not being all pro feminine about it either.
After the last view weeks I would like to change my stance. I now believe sexism not only exists, but is rampant and frankly disgusting.
This came about because of my steam greenlight submission:
I have had constant drama in the comments, as you'll see if you page back. best to start from the beginning if you can be bothered.
In a nutshell I'm not allowed to be female, I have to default to being a 12 year old boy, because that's how I "sound" in the video.
I would say that (worryingly) the majority of males posting have made this assumption, and commented accordingly.
You might think it's no big deal to be accused of being a 12 year old boy, but I find it offensive, both because it demeans my experience, and more importantly, because it suggests my gender is so far out of place in this industry that these people don't even consider that the voice in the video is female. I find the latter point to be quite horrifying.
After having a number of people assuming I was a young male, I decided to point out that I was in fact a female programmer. Oh boy, big mistake! I then had people accusing me of using the fact I was female to try and score points.
So I took out any reference of gender and instead put age, thinking I'm sure people will now realise a high pitched voice can't be a young boy if I'm 34. No. Now I'm getting people accusing me about *lying about my age*, once again because the notion there might be a female making games just doesn't enter their heads! This way of thinking is an absolute disgrace.
So lets sum up, here's what I can't do:
* Make a video using my own voice as it leads to me being a 12 year old boy.
* Specify I'm female as it means I am somehow trying to attract attention due to gender.
So I have to hide who I am to have a place in the games industry, or at least, I have to do that if I am to avoid any hassle.
If I sounded like a 34 year old male in the video, then none of those "haha you're a kid" type comments would have appeared. Nobody would have questioned my age at all. Instead they would have questioned such a young game from an adult, which is fine, because it's quite simple to educate those people (i.e. who do they think makes games for kids.. kids?)
Thing is I don't take offense that the game has had generally negative critique, especially the graphics which I can always improve. What I care about is that a lot of the comments are being made due to incorrect assumption on who I am, and it's completely taking away where I want the focus to be i.e. the game itself.
Also, for a comedy bonus look at the latest posts, about some dude who reckoned the graphics looked like they had genitalia, but when properly challenged with a high res shot, then pretended he'd never mentioned it.