No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry


This article is heartbreaking. And true.

There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit. 

There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.

NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.

Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article. 

Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.

We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)

Preach! Here’s why I never read the comments on anything that gets posted by Ms. Day on Facebook—because half of them are about how hot she looks. Or doesn’t look. Or what’s she’s wearing. Or the length of her hair and whether the guy commenting approves or not. It’s disgusting and disheartening, not least because I may be missing out on good recommendations due to the dreck I’m unwilling to deal with. I can’t imagine being forced to deal with it every day because it’s your post/job/responsibility. I’m (slowly) closing in on five decades on this little planet, and the longer I live, the more I wonder if the male of this stupid species is ever, EVER going to get it.

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  • Question: Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it - Anonymous
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    It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.

    Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.

    They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.

    You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.

    Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
    And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.

    It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do. 
    So, uh, screw that.
    If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.


    I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.


    imageBest way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA


    Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish. 

    I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program. 




    Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon? 

    Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?

    At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:


    Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:

    And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop


    Oh, me? What do I do? I try to understand why superbursts happen in neutron stars! This is important because: they shouldn’t happen but they do. And the implications could be astoundingly helpful for things like, oh I don’t know, nuclear fusion.


    Oh, just me, at a conference after presenting this:


    "don’t belong there"?! excuse you! 
    Im not a science tumblr but i am a girl and a geologist so i kinda prove you wrong…?

    In the Sorbas Basin finding fossilised bird trackways and fossilised rain drops

    Using HCl to dissolve solnhofen plattenkalk (limestones) to make plastic copies of exceptional fossils  


    On board the HMS Discovery, a state of the art scientific ship which anchors at the NOC (national oceanography centre Southampton)


    Doing some geological mapping and fieldwork in Ingleton Yorkshire


    So yeh anon, you’re wrong and very very very outdated in your opinions 

    oh wow this anon thinks that women don’t belong in STEM—

    better throw my archaeology B.A. in the trash, burn my thesis and stop teaching biology, chemistry and physics to the 8-12th grades.


    I’ve got image




    oh I guess I should burn the cheque I got for guest lecturing in grad school too—


    Sorry, no time to answer douchey anon. To busy getting paid handsomely to do research things like this


    While dressed fabulously like this


    Because unlike the bullshit movies would tell you, geologists don’t wear white lab coats. Something to do with all that dirt. 

    I’d tell my grad school and all the funding bodies that gave me a fellowship and research grants that they were totally mistaken because girls don’t science well except OOPS ALREADY GOT MY MS IN GEOLOGY, TOO LATE. 

    Well darn. Guess I better just get back to doing science instead.

    Nobody follows me but reblogging this just because AWESOME SCIENCE WOMEN!!!

    Well, I follow you, and yes - AWESOME SCIENCE WOMEN. My kid sister is an archaeologist, who’s done cool stuff with dendrochronology. My own talents lie in business, another field where they guys have been holding sway for too long. So, SOLIDARITY! :)

    Hey, psst, guess what? All those science centers that inspire young girls and boys to think that science is cool and that they can do science and that they could even have a career in it where they get to spend a lifetime making awesome discoveries about the universe? Those places?

    I, a woman, design those. In a field largely populated by…women. Off to explain gyroscopic precession. Ciao, anon!

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The Democrats’ Brilliant Idea for How to Stop Unnecessary Abortion Clinic Regulations

Finally, someone is admitting that these attacks on women’s health have absolutely nothing to do with women’s health. We are decades past the point where Democrats need to step up their game against Republican rhetoric, but better late than never. I am exhausted by the fact that the Party of No has completely controlled this conversation at every level.

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These Women Are About To Tell You Some Things That Are Absolutely None Of Your Business

Holy shit women on fire. This video gave me chills. If you do nothing at all today - watch this!

This is amazing.


Starts off boring and generic, gets awesome.

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Infographic: 7 Reasons This Is An Excellent Resume For Someone With No Experience

yoooo what i need by tomorrow



For all of you guys. :)

As a person who has hired creatives and writers in a field other than PR, this might by okay for the advertising field, but be cautious about assuming it’s fine for others. When people list social media on their resume, we read that as “this person will be checking their Facebook all day instead of working,” which is going to get your resume dumped in the garbage instantly. I would rather know that you created a website for something (with a link), can make a simple app (show it to me), or at least ran the Facebook page for something (not yourself) that increased its subscribed list by 50% under your tenure. You do not need prior employment experience to accomplish any of those things; frankly, accomplishing them off the job is impressive in itself.

My cat can post to Instagram. You need to be better than my cat.

Just a different perspective from the employment food chain.

PS: Bilingual, YES, especially Spanish. For god’s sake, learn another language and know how to use it well.

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Something to think about, re: energy.

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Vaguebooking is bad enough, but when it’s vaguebooking meant to make you sound like a tortured intellectual in a world of simple-minded plebes (that you curiously call “friends”), that’s the quickest way to get booted down from friend to acquaintance. Honestly, if you want to post an article on some controversy, have the backbone to do it and then to back up your opinion if people do not agree with you. Not changing people’s minds to your point of view is not a moral or intellectual failing on their part, nor does it make you the considerate, open-minded one when you get huffy about it.

And if people don’t respond at all, apparently indicating their lack of mental fortitude? You, brave intellectual, might want to consider that:

A. They never saw it, because Facebook edits the wall in advance and people who post all day long do not get all of their posts shown.

B. Some people have jobs and families and activities, and by the time they get around to checking Facebook, there’s too much crap to wade through.

C. Busy people don’t want to get into a protracted debate (with researched references!) with someone who never gets off the computer, works at home, and is desperately looking for reasons to procrastinate from doing that fiction writing you quit your job to do. If half the time you spend writing post responses was spent writing stories, you’d have a George RR Martin-sized tome by now.


//back to my own project now that I have procrastinated



blackberries and sunshine (version #2)

Have a great week!


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The first photo of my completed Prince Zardoz cosplay which I debuted at Anime Expo 2014

So good!

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I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”

This is gorgeous.

Awesome. It drives me nuts that so many kids in the US spit on education as if it’s boring and beneath them, while young people, especially girls, elsewhere are dying for any chance to learn. But that’s the world, I guess.

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Iron Age shoes (ca. 400 BCE to 400 CE) found on a body in a European bog.

These are beautiful!

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for the girls the fairytales abandoned

Someone wrote me a poem.

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Click here to watch more of Jordan Klepper and Jessica Williams’s safety tips for college students from last night’s Daily Show.

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"We officially live in a country where corporations have more rights than women."

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I…haven’t even started :(

I…haven’t even started :(

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