“A researcher tells the following story about her own experience of discovering the seriousness with which young children take gender stereotypes. While interviewing 3 to 6 year olds about their career aspirations, she asked each of them what they would want to be when they grew up if they were members of the opposite sex. Their responses showed that not only did most of the children choose careers that fit the stereotypes of the other gender but also that their perceptions of the limitations imposed by gender were sometimes quite extreme. One little girl confided with a sigh that her true ambition was to fly like a bird, but she could never do it because she was not a boy! One little boy put his hands on his head, sighed deeply, and said helplessly that if he were a girl he would have to grow up and be nothing (Beuf, 1974 as cited by Lips, 2008, p. 401).”—
Or was it 6th? The two classes were kind of mixed, so — well, it’s a long story, I think it was 6th grade, but the 5th grade teacher taught all the history classes.
We divided into small groups and were assigned to create a… continent? country? civilization? something like that. We got to draw a big map, and I think we had to come up with government, religion, where they got their food, and so on. We were very proud of our civilization, the name of which I don’t remember. We worked on it for several days.
Then we came in and our beautiful map had been ruined — as had everyone else’s — and the teacher informed us that all our civilizations had been conquered by people who expected us to obey their backwards government, follow their weird religion, and give them all our natural resources and pretty much everything else. (We then had to prepare a response to their demands. One group tried to propose a compromise, but all the rest, including ours, came up with G-rated variations on “go fuck yourselves”.) We were all quite displeased.
And then the teacher explained why we’d started American History this way.
(In hindsight it seems odd no one guessed, but she got us all again a month or so later with a “letter from the district” saying that due to spending too much money on high school athletics, there wasn’t enough in the budget for teacher expenses such a postage, and everyone would be required to attach unused postage stamps to all assignments handed in. So much outrage.)
Afterwards I was still so attached to the map (even though it was defaced with still-damp purple poster paint) that I took it home, and it has been collecting dust in my closet for like 18 years. Now, its story has been told.
At some point it’s a personal note that would probably be taken by people as something of an excuse (and it’s something that people involved in the Giant Bomb community are already a little more aware of), but I had a death in my family last month that took 100% of my attention away from anything happening in games or the internet. It’s made a lot of the “WHY AREN’T YOU CONDEMNING THIS AS FORCEFULLY AS I AM RIGHT NOW” things that have been slung my way over the last chunk of time have a fairly nasty tinge to it. It’s also left me quite disappointed by the people who automatically assume that not saying anything means that I/we were somehow complicit or that we stood in approval of various things. Maybe that would have made that entire point make more sense had it been included, but at some point my personal life is just that… my personal life.
People can argue all they want about the timing, and obviously there’s no way to please everyone, but there you go.
so many people that gamergate rudely presumed would take their side have spoken out against them. this article hilariously covers several examples. jim sterling, tim schafer, mariel cartwright, even fucking nedroid for some reason??
you’d think they would stop taking it for granted that their heroes are on their side, but nope, they’re even trying to ventriloquize for the late ryan davis
i think the funniest assumption i’ve seen so far has been that trudy cooper (the woman behind oglaf) would be in support of them (and led to her talking a little about her past experience with similar climates of harassment in the comics industry)
Ryan would be so disappointed in you right now. Buying the bullshit patrick & friends are spewing. Giantbomb died with Ryan.
It’s been funny/tragic to see a few people trying to foist this sentiment out there considering that, generally speaking, Ryan was one of the more socially liberal guys I’ve known. More than I am, that’s for sure.
It’s hard to tell if people genuinely believe this or if they just think they’re being hurtful by putting it out there. Either way? Nah.