SEXISM IN GAMING
I was privileged to do an interview with Dan Oravasaari for Playstation Lifestyle. I am pretty sure the replies will not be the usual “waaaa, sexism cries the internet has been plagued by over the last half year or so.
It begins with a short narrative by the interviewer.
Over the years, the treatment and perception of women in the games industry has systematically become a hotter and hotter topic. Discussions have gone on about the need for Booth Babes to be at gaming events like E3, as some consider them to be preventing women from being taken seriously within the industry.
Just this year, news of a ‘misogynistic’ trophy took the forefront, as gaming celebrities like Adam Sessler and journalists stood on their soapboxes in defense of women’s rights. Then, later in the year, stories about the ‘creepy E3‘ started to leak, a “looming” security guard creeps out a female journalist, a woman is mistaken as a Booth Babe and an attendee goes for a boob shot.
But, as these stories seem to take a life of their own, I couldn’t help but wonder why the people on the front line are never allowed to speak for themselves. Why don’t we hear from a Booth Babe? Why is it that they need us to defend their position? Is the problem as big as others seem to make it?
With that, I got in touch with Yvonna Lynn, a veteran in the modelling world and president of the booth modelling agency Charisma+2, who also has experience working within the games industry. Here is what she had to say regarding the whole situation: CONTINUED HERE