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The Cost of a Pervasive Culture of Shame

David M Kirby | Posted 04.19.2016 | Impact
David M Kirby

Humanity collectively perpetuates shame, a self-regulating mechanism to forcibly coerce others into conforming to society's norms. On a basic level, s...

SXSW Held A Ridiculous Gamergate Panel

The Verge | Damon Beres | Posted 03.16.2016 | Technology

In the world of Gamergate, empathy isn’t allowed, the harassment women face online is exaggerated, and online abuse doesn't cause real-world harm. A...

Beyond 'Pink' Games: Industry and Academia Must Work Together To Engage Women Gamers and Developers

Orit Shaer | Posted 03.14.2016 | Technology
Orit Shaer

Exhibiting the work of controversial game developer Jason Rohrer at Wellesley's Davis Museum (currently open) might seem like an odd choice for the el...

Woman Targeted In 'GamerGate' Harassment Drops Charges

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 02.11.2016 | Technology

Zoe Quinn, a video game designer at the center of the online defamation and harassment nexus known as GamerGate, said Wednesday she has dropped harass...

6 Times Women In Tech Faced Total BS In 2015

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 12.31.2015 | Technology

It wasn't a great year for women in tech. (Is it ever?) Sexism, harassment and outright exclusion continued apace. Here were the year's six worst mome...

Until It Happens to You

Shealagh Whittle | Posted 11.04.2015 | Women
Shealagh Whittle

Everything about domestic violence and harassment is about power -- robbing the victim of any sort of agency and giving the abuser the feeling that he or she has the right to do what he/she is doing. The dual face of domestic violence perpetrated through threats in person and online is that there is literally nowhere in my daily life that I feel completely safe anymore.

SXSW: 'We Made A Mistake' Canceling Online Harassment Panels

The Huffington Post | Laura Bassett | Posted 10.30.2015 | Technology

Amid boycott threats from two major media outlets, the director of the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, acknowledged Friday that he made ...

Wendy Davis Calls SXSW Panel Cancellation 'Disturbing'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics

Wendy Davis, the former Texas state senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has added her voice to those slamming South by Southwest for cance...

After Canceling Panel On Harassment, SXSW Now Considering Day-Long Event

Re/Code | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.28.2015 | Technology

SXSW festival organizers are considering an all-day event that focuses primarily on combatting online harassment, sources told Re/code....

Tech's Harassment Problem Is Much Bigger Than This SXSW Catastrophe

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 10.27.2015 | Technology

Here we go again. On Monday, hipster media festival South by Southwest (SXSW) made the curious decision to cancel two panels about the video game comm...

SXSW Cancels Panels On Harassment In Video Game Community After Threats

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 10.27.2015 | Technology

South by Southwest has pulled the plug on two panels meant to address the horrifying and ongoing issue of harassment found within the video game commu...

Women Are Prizes In Video Games -- And That Should Bother You

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 08.31.2015 | Technology

Swelling breasts, revealing costumes, wet turtle smooches: These are the rewards you may be used to seeing in your favorite video games. A new entry i...

Geeking Out With Felicia Day

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.21.2015 | Arts

Felicia Day wants to be your friend. She might be an adorkable TV starlet -- she’s been on "Buffy," and appeared on SyFy’s "Eureka" -- but she’s...

FBI Needs Help Finding 250 Victims Of One Man's Online Sextortion

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 07.08.2015 | Crime

Lucas Michael Chansler is currently serving 105 years in prison after he extorted hundreds of teenage girls online for their naked photos, but the FBI...

Gamergate's Cold War

William Cheng | Posted 06.26.2016 | Technology
William Cheng

On each side of Gamergate's iron curtain, lives are on the line. Upon graduating from the elementary school playground, "sticks and stones..." shouldn't fly anymore. There's no such thing as empty threats.

Damon Beres

How To Fix Gaming For Women And Minorities | Damon Beres | Posted 06.18.2015 | Technology

Gaming, geek culture and the tech industry have a diversity problem. Here are some ways to solve that.

Binary Bias: Recoding Women's Place in Technology

Debbie Madden | Posted 06.17.2015 | Technology
Debbie Madden

We know why otherwise capable women abandon technology careers or encounter disproportionate hurdles to advancement in a coding-centric workplace. We recognize all of these symptoms. Now we must decide how to fix this broken code.

This Is How You Make A Strong Female Video Game Character

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 04.01.2015 | Technology

Apparently, this is trickier than it sounds.

I Set Out To Expose A Hate Movement In Gaming -- So They Set Out To Destroy My Life

Ravishly | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women

Photos of my immediate family members that had passed away were sent to me with vile messages -- some blaming me for their deaths. I was tweeted pictures of my house, along with messages asking if I would rather be shot or stabbed.

Christopher Rosen

The Awful Truth Behind Sexual Harassment Of Women Gamers | Christopher Rosen | Posted 03.14.2015 | Entertainment

Speaking on a panel at indie game convention PAX East in 2012, Jenny Haniver recalled what happened one time when she tried to tell a male gamer about...

I'm Brianna Wu, and I'm Risking My Life Standing Up to Gamergate

Bustle | Posted 04.13.2015 | Technology

My name is Brianna Wu. I develop video games for your phone. I lead one of thelargest professional game-development teams of women in the field. Sometimes I speak out on women in tech issues. I'm doing everything I can to save my life except be silent.

'Law & Order: SVU' To Air GamerGate-Inspired Episode

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 01.31.2015 | Entertainment

"Law & Order: SVU" will air an episode inspired by GamerGate. As first pointed out by The Mary Sue, the show's Feb. 11 installment, “The Intimidatio...

The 2014 Best and Worst Sex List

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 03.01.2015 | Women
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

A lack of robust and healthy sex education is a set-up for the worst sexual issues we can imagine in society. We need to celebrate the fact that sex comes in every style, and experts agree that there's a wide range of sexual feelings and acts worthy of exploration, as long as they're consensual and don't harm anyone.

Here's What Female Gamers Hope For In 2015

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 01.05.2015 | Technology

2014 was one of the most tumultuous years ever for women in gaming culture: Here's how we improve.

10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014 (Yeah, You Heard That Right)

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 02.28.2015 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

Let's be honest: It was a brutal year for human rights. But we still have victories worth celebrating.