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February 25 2014

August 07 2012

Sexismus und Sexuelle Belästigung in Online-Spielen

Auch in der Welt der Online-Spiele sehen sich viele Frauen mit sexistischen Bemerkungen oder gar sexueller Belästigung konfrontiert. Eine Video-Bloggerin will stereotype Frauenbilder in Computerspielen portraitieren – und erhält Todes- und Vergewaltigungsdrohungen. Ein Trainer belästigt eine Spielerin – und verteidigt sexuelle Belästigung als Teil der Szene. Jetzt kommt eine Diskussion in Gang.

Die Wikipedia über die Kickstarter-Kampagne von Anita Sarkeesian:

On May 17, 2012, Sarkeesian began a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new series of short videos that would examine gender tropes in video games. The Kickstarter campaign was featured as a campaign of note on the official Kickstarter blog, and reached its funding goal of $6,000 within 24 hours, eventually raising $158,917 over the course of a month.

The project resulted in a large number of negative comments, including threats of death and rape, racial abuse, and an extended attempt to have the campaign suspended; The Escapist referred to the commenters as a “misogynist horde”, and Slate characterised the response as an “absolute avalanche of misogynist abuse.” Similar comments were left on Sarkeesian’s YouTube account and her Wikipedia biography was repeatedly vandalised, with racial abuse and a pornographic image added to the article.

Amy O’Leary berichtet in der New York Times:

Executives in the $25 billion-a-year industry are taking note. One game designer’s online call for civility prompted a meeting with Microsoft executives about how to better police Xbox Live. In February, shortly after the Cross Assault tournament, LevelUp, an Internet broadcaster of gaming events, barred two commentators who made light of sexual harassment on camera and issued a formal apology, including statements from the commentators.

Even so, Tom Cannon, co-founder of the largest fighting game tournament, EVO, pulled his company’s sponsorship of the weekly LevelUp series, saying that “we cannot continue to let ignorant, hateful speech slide.”

“The nasty undercurrent in the scene isn’t a joke or a meme,” he said. “It’s something we need to fix.”

Und Sarah Schaschek schreibt bei Freitag über die Emanzipation der Trolle:

Gamer und Feministinnen trauen sich selten über den Weg, beide meinen bereits zu wissen, was die Kritik des anderen zu Tage fördert. Gamer verlangen (zu Recht) Differenzierung. Aber weil sie sich oft persönlich beleidigt fühlen, machen sie, statt auf Kritik einzugehen, einfach „das falsche Fass auf“, wie Vergil zugibt. So reflexartig wie sie sich gegen Stereotypisierung wehren, so empfindlich reagieren sie auf Sexismusverdacht. Da ist zudem die Angst vor der Zensur, vor pädagogisch wertvollen, aber langweiligen Einheitsfiguren.

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May 09 2012

Gendercamp und Co.: Events für Feminismus in der digitalen Gesellschaft

Dass in der Technik-Szene die Geschlechtergerechtigkeit noch nicht komplett umgesetzt wurde, ist nicht gerade eine neue Erkenntnis. Umso erfreulicher ist es, dass es auch in diesem Jahr einige netzpolitische Veranstaltungen mit explizit feministischem Fokus gibt. Hier eine Auswahl, Ergänzungen gerne in den Kommentaren.

17.-20. Mai: Gendercamp – Hüll, Niedersachsen

Das GenderCamp ist eine politische Bildungsveranstaltung rund um Feminismus – Queer – Gender – Netzkultur – soziale Netzwerke – Netzpolitik – digitales Leben. Es lehnt sich am Prinzip des „BarCamps“ an. Im Mai 2012 findet es zum dritten Mal im ABC Bildungs- und Tagungszentrum in Hüll bei Hamburg statt.

Zielgruppe des GenderCamps sind alle, die sich für die Schnittstellen von Queer-/Feminismus und Netzkultur interessieren:Leute, die sich in beiden Welten tummeln sowie queer-feministische Szenegänger_innen, die in Netzkultur reinschnuppern wollen und Netzbewohner_innen, die sich intensiver mit Queer, Feminismus und Gender beschäftigen möchten. Du bist Feminist_in und der digitalen Netzkultur/-politik gegenüber aufgeschlossen? Auch dann bist du hier richtig.Wenn ihr euch einen Eindruck vom Gendercamp machen wollt, könnt ihr das Programm von 2010 und 2011 unter www.gendercamp.de nachlesen oder im Dokumentationsblog stöbern.

25.-26. Mai: Flossie – London

Flossie is a free, two-day event for women who work with or are otherwise interested in Free and Open Source Software (FLOSS) and in Open Data, Knowledge and Education.

Flossie is an independent network of women practitioners that has its roots in social change movements as well as arts, technology and academia. Whether you code, tinker or want to explore alternatives to ‘big-tech’ corporations, all women are welcome to this conference.

The first day will mix micro-talks with birds of a feather sessions to the work we do. On the second day there will be more structured workshops and discussions for both experienced practitioners and women new to FLOSS to make contact and skill-share.

ab 4. Juni: Hacker School – New York

Hacker School is a three-month, full-time school in New York for becoming a better programmer. We’re free as in beer, and provide space, a little structure, time to focus, and a friendly community of smart builders dedicated to self-improvement.

Etsy will be hosting the Summer 2012 session of Hacker School in the Etsy headquarters, and we’re providing ten Etsy Hacker Grants of $5,000 each — a total of $50,000 — to women who want to apply but need financial support to do so. Our goal is to bring 20 women to New York to participate, and we hope this will be the first of many steps that encourage more women to join Engineering at Etsy and across the industry. Learn more about the Etsy Hacker Grants program.

10.-11. Juli: AdaCamp – Washington D.C.

AdaCamp is a Ada Initiative event focused on increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture. AdaCamp brings together people to build community, discuss issues women have in common across open technology and culture fields, and find ways to address them. Open technology and culture includes open source software, Wikipedia and other wiki projects, open data, open government, fan/remix culture, open libraries, and more. Attendance is by invitation and attendees are selected from qualified applicants through an open invitation process. Attendance is open to people of all genders.

AdaCamp DC is a 150-200 person unconference in Washington, D.C. on July 10-11, 2012. It is co-located with Wikimania 2012, the global conference for Wikipedia and related Wiki projects. Wikimania brings influential and talented people from around the world who are interested in improving the participation of women in Wikipedia and other open data projects, as shown by Wikimania’s selection of Ada Initiative co-founder Mary Gardiner as a keynote speaker.

11.-12. August: GeekGirlCon – Seattle

Geek out with GeekGirlCon! We’re dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the contribution of women in all aspects of geek culture.

GeekGirlCon ’12 will take place August 11th and 12th, 2012 at the Conference Center in downtown Seattle, WA. We are super excited to bring you another convention focused on the female geek. We’ll have programming, panels, games, exhibits, and more. So come and celebrate geeky women with us. From the scientist to the manga-addict, we have a little bit for everyone. All geeks welcome!

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