Silence is Journalism, Too: An open letter to Jeff Gerstmann and the men in my industry

This has been a hard week.

By now, nobody needs to be reminded of what’s going on. An ongoing campaign of harassment by the men of 4chan, reddit, and other sites has driven two women out of their homes and has targeted dozens more. The unacceptability of this has been stated by hundreds if not thousands of people, and doesn’t need to be reiterated. It’s more than unacceptable - it’s monstrous. It’s ridiculous. It’s worthy of nothing more than contempt.

So where is the contempt?

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rabbivole:

We keep trying to change the industry, we #1reasonwhy and #1reasontobe and protest and thinkpiece and organize, but the truth is not much has changed. We talk about how the most recent IGDA game dev survey says the number of women in the industry has doubled, but the truth is that women still make up less than a quarter of the industry’s work force.

I have met some of the most amazing women I have ever known through the game industry. Larger-than-life, funny, warm, sweet, razor-sharp, overeducated women, the kind who laugh too loudly in quiet rooms. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard most of them laugh. One of them IMed me today about how she was leaving the industry and she couldn’t handle the idea of disappointing me but she just couldn’t take it any more, and I told her it was okay, it’s fine, self-care is so important, because it is.

The truth is that after our conversation ended, I put my head in my hands and cried.

I could tell you stories about the voices we’ve lost, the women we’ve scarred, the people we’ve left behind. I want to, but I’m not sure you’d get it. I tweeted earlier today, We should have a war memorial for all of the women we have lost to this. We should lay flowers and grieve and see our reflections in stone. And I meant it. I wish there were a way to honor the people our industry has wronged, and a way to visualize the enormity of what we have lost because of it— some representation of the gap between what games are and what they can be, and the pieces of the bridge between that have fallen away.

yo this is a really, really good article and it makes my fucking chest hurt.

the current state of the games industry and community is not acceptable. and i hope to fuck it’s not sustainable, because jesus christ.

i’m tired of this being something we still have to deal with.