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How sexist is E3?

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Zoe rabbid

I had the opportunity to attend E3 for the first time this year. Before setting off, I was genuinely excited by all the cool stuff that I’d get to see. But I was also rather nervous – I’d heard so many negative things over the years about how sexist (and dangerous) these huge conventions could be. So, how much sexism did I actually experience?

If you’re to believe mainstream reporting, this E3 was just as sexist as any other year. I mean, women were barely represented during the press conferences. While I agree, there were very few female presenters on stage at the press conferences (except for the larger-than-life Aisha Tyler), I’d rather not have the big publishers add women to the show just for the sake of diversity – they should be related to the industry, or acting as MCs for the event, not just added as tokens.

I wasn’t too fazed by the press conferences – I was personally more focused on the games than the people presenting them. So, what did I experience on the ground?

Day Zero: Press Conference Day

Going to all four press conferences is a grueling experience. It starts at about 7 in the morning to get in the queue for Microsoft and ends at about 8-9pm when Sony wraps up. In the middle, there is a lot of getting shunted around from place to place, the occasional free drink, lots of wrist bands, plenty of standing in the sun, and a bit of hobnobbing with other journalists.

While waiting in the Ubisoft queue, I chatted to a bunch of other journalists. They were nice enough, and while one was obviously enamored with my cleavage, no one did anything to make me feel uncomfortable. I still had to carry all my own stuff and wait in queues like everyone else. Sure, one crew interviewed me on camera for internal marketing information. However, they also interviewed a variety of other people in the crowd, so it wasn’t just because I’m a woman.

If you’d like to see the diversity of people in attendance at the conferences, here’s the Ubisoft wrap up video. You can see me at about the two minute mark. I wish I hadn’t been so tired out by standing in the sun for so long – my clapping isn’t enthusiastic enough. As you can see in the sweeping shot, the attendees are predominantly male, but there are still plenty of women, too.

By the end of the day, I was exhausted, but hadn’t felt unsafe or discriminated against once. Grope count = 0

Day One – Three: The actual E3 show

E3 crowd

E3 is busy. There are a ton of people who queue up and push their way into the enormous halls. With so many people, I figured this would be the time that any inappropriate touching would happen – it’s hard to avoid touching in general, so this would be the time for the bad stuff to happen. In actual fact, there was nothing.

Alright, so I got into the actual hall, filled with all sorts of impressive stands, displays and even more queues. As part of my hunt, I went looking for booth babes. I was hoping for some human eye candy to compare with all the graphical beauty I was seeing in the games. I finally managed to find some at the Nyko stand that promised to keep your PC cool no matter how hot things were inside – yes, I totally just made up that marketing link to booth babes, but I think it works. These were the only booth babes I could find in all of E3, so enjoy them while you can.

Zoe booth babes

The outfit you see me wearing above did attract quite a bit of attention. From women. Yes, during the day I wore the polka dot dress, I was stopped by five different women on the showroom floor to tell me how much they liked the dress. Nothing lecherous, nothing creepy, just actual normal female fashion appreciation. They also commented on my nails while we were chatting.

In actual fact, my gender seemed to have absolutely no influence on my professional experience at E3. Yes, my greetings with PR reps were generally hugs instead of handshakes, but that’s also because I’m a hugger. No one called me patronizing names, questioned my ability during hands-on times with games, or made me feel uncomfortable in general. My intellect, questions and perceptions were appreciated by those I encountered. I continued to show cleavage which was occasionally viewed by those with whom I interacted, but no one made any lewd comments, inappropriate gestures or creepy innuendoes. It was actually all quite pleasant – I met a ton of new people, spoke to loads of men and women and had a generally awesome time playing and watching games. Grope count = 0

Conclusion

Zoe handsome jack

All in all, E3 was an incredible experience during which time I never felt sexually uncomfortable or harassed. It is important to note that I am generally quite comfortable in my own skin – I am fine revealing some cleavage or legs, if I notice someone looking I don’t take that as a sign of harassment or abuse; if I was offended by people looking, I wouldn’t dress the way that I do. However, beyond the occasional looks, I cannot cite a single instance where I was discriminated against, made to feel awkward or uncomfortable, or harassed/abused in any way because of my gender (or for any other reason).

It has led me to wonder about those articles that I read where women cited so many instances of harassment, abuse and other sexist situations. I have come to one of two conclusions. One, those women were the trailblazers, the ones who named and shamed men on their poor behaviour, prompting them to change their ways and improve the experience at these events for women. Hopefully, that is the case, and the situation hasΒ become better for women in the industry. Β Or two, my experience was a wholly unique one – I give off that particular vibe that says I’m friendly and approachable but with clear boundaries.

Of course, these are my own experiences, and other women who attended might not have had my good fortune. From my perspective,Β Β I would personally declare that the coast is clear for women to attend conventions and major events without fear of rampant sexual assault.

Last Updated: June 24, 2014

182 Comments

  1. CAE9872

    June 24, 2014 at 12:39

    “I was personally more focused on the games than the people presenting them”

    This is how it should be.

    Reply

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      June 24, 2014 at 12:40

      This

      Reply

    • oVg FX

      June 24, 2014 at 12:43

      We live in a digital age where the game demos should be playable via PSN or LIVE. No excuse. E3 is more for the share holders. Nintendo did a good job.

      Reply

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        June 24, 2014 at 12:46

        urm…. what…..

        Reply

        • oVg FX

          June 24, 2014 at 12:46

          Trolololol.

          Reply

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 24, 2014 at 13:06

            I was just checking. Never know with you πŸ˜›

          • oVg FX

            June 24, 2014 at 13:59

            Nor do I πŸ˜‰

  2. oVg FX

    June 24, 2014 at 12:40

    Of course E3 is sexist. They banned booth babes and cosplayers πŸ™ Stupid liberals.

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      June 24, 2014 at 12:44

      Damn liberals.. I demand that booth babes be treated as equal citizens! After all, what would Charleton Heston have done?

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        June 24, 2014 at 13:07

        I concur! We must live up to his fine example. To the chariot in leather undies FOR FREEDOM!

        Reply

      • BacchusZA

        June 24, 2014 at 13:41

        Shot a bunch of people, then drunk a bottle of whiskey?

        Oh wait, never mind, I had Charles Bronson in mind there for some reason….

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          June 24, 2014 at 14:34

          Nah, that’s Dick Cheney.

          Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      June 24, 2014 at 12:57

      At least the PC Master Race had some booth babes. Just because we are PC doesn’t mean we have to be PC #amirite!

      Reply

      • Rince&exhale

        June 24, 2014 at 12:58

        BOOM!

        Reply

        • oVg FX

          June 24, 2014 at 13:09

          Went the PC after it could not handle the new graphix card and the water cooled CPU decided to leak.

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 24, 2014 at 13:12

            lol

    • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

      June 24, 2014 at 14:05

      Totalitarians posing as liberals, by a definition you can no longer be a liberal if you restrict or ban something. Being liberal means you respect freedom of all people’s religion, beliefs, use ownership of instruments and tools and presentation of cleavage.

      Reply

      • oVg FX

        June 24, 2014 at 15:08

        Left wing tree hugging vegans who turn their poor pet cats into herbivores… followed by a herbal TEA PARTY πŸ˜›

        Reply

  3. Nick

    June 24, 2014 at 12:43

    I would say that E3 has shown me more about how racist the industry is, rather than sexist. How many journalists of color did this site send to E3?

    Reply

    • Rince&exhale

      June 24, 2014 at 12:44

      Good question.

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      June 24, 2014 at 12:44

      They are working on it, last year they didn’t even send a women.

      Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      June 24, 2014 at 12:45

      I always thought Darryn fitted all the necessary criteria, not only as a female but also as a man of colour.

      Reply

      • Rince&exhale

        June 24, 2014 at 12:46

        BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

        Reply

      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 24, 2014 at 12:46

        Oh you!

        Reply

      • oVg FX

        June 24, 2014 at 12:49

        A brown Brenda.

        Reply

      • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

        June 24, 2014 at 14:02

        Yes go look at the first E3 video. I even remarked that he is seven different shades of colour.

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          June 24, 2014 at 14:38

          I wonder how he did it. Was there a tanning bed at the motel? Did they let him loose with a can of spray on tan? Or did Darryn get all freaky with a couple bags of tomatoes? This is the E3 story, everyone is too afraid to publish! But I believe Inspector Detective Lazy will do an expose….

          Reply

    • oVg FX

      June 24, 2014 at 12:48

      Darryn is not an Earthling, so that cant be racist but Planatist.

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        June 24, 2014 at 12:59

        How dare you sir! Darryn is a fine human-shaped being that I can personally vouch for.

        Reply

        • oVg FX

          June 24, 2014 at 13:02

          I must admit he does hold the shape well. Its after dark that concerns me.

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 24, 2014 at 13:03

            I know what you mean. We still haven’t been able to figure out why he glows like that.

          • oVg FX

            June 24, 2014 at 13:04

            Have you seen what he eats?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 24, 2014 at 13:08

            Worse, did you see his coffee-flavoured sugar water? πŸ™

    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      June 24, 2014 at 12:54

      They sent me last year, and I’m not exactly white. More of an off-yellow.

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        June 24, 2014 at 13:04

        or egg-white? trollol!

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        • oVg FX

          June 24, 2014 at 13:07

          Trolls are green.

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 24, 2014 at 13:07

            Pot calling the kettle black ;P

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 24, 2014 at 13:08

            My pots are freaking silver! Seriously! This saying needs to die lol. It makes no sense

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 24, 2014 at 13:09

            Fancy. Mine are stainless steel πŸ˜‰

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 24, 2014 at 14:07

            I meant in color *sigh*

            It’s troll Llew day today isn’t it? I missed the memo again didn’t I?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 24, 2014 at 14:09

            Well honestly it would ruin the point of it if we told you beforehand πŸ˜€

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 24, 2014 at 14:14

            Sneaky buggers

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 24, 2014 at 14:12

            *colour

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 24, 2014 at 14:13

            DOH!

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 24, 2014 at 14:14

            Corner!

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 24, 2014 at 14:19

            Ok πŸ™

          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 14:20

            Don’t worry dude, I’ve been sent to the corner by the Admiral so many times it probably smells like me.

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            June 24, 2014 at 14:21

            XD

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 24, 2014 at 15:01

            Eeeeewwwww. I’m gonna get cooties!

          • BacchusZA

            June 24, 2014 at 13:40

            Showing my age here, but it comes from the days when cooking was done over fires, before this fancy schmancy electricity and hot plates on stoves & so on malarkey, where the pot and kettle would be equally blackened by soot and flame πŸ˜‰

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 24, 2014 at 14:13

            I know πŸ™‚ Just a pet peeve of mine. It’s a saying that grinds my gears a bit πŸ™‚

            Being overly logical with it that’s all πŸ™‚

          • oVg FX

            June 24, 2014 at 13:18

            Thats a racist Pot.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 24, 2014 at 13:20

            You’re being mean to the pot because it’s short & stout.

          • Kensei Seraph

            June 24, 2014 at 13:09

      • oVg FX

        June 24, 2014 at 13:05

        Thats Lacist.

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        • oVg FX

          June 24, 2014 at 13:06

          Hell, this thread has really gone to pot. Its like a News 24 thread about anything like granny breaks knitting record but without a doubt the thread always turns into a racist debate.

          Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        June 24, 2014 at 14:36

        Pfft you’re a black man. The laws of the country deems it so.

        Reply

    • Sageville

      June 24, 2014 at 12:55

      Who did MSSA send to E3 (given they are government sanctioned)?

      Reply

      • Kensei Seraph

        June 24, 2014 at 12:58

        I doubt that would be part of their mandate.
        Although I’m sure that wouldn’t stop them from sending someone if an upper member wanted a holiday.

        Reply

    • Gavin Mannion

      June 24, 2014 at 12:56

      We sent an American and a disabled person… unfortunately our colourful person was kept in the basement this year.. should be there next year though.

      Also on a serious side note, we are currently asking for applications to be an intern and I haven’t received a single one from a person of colour (that I’m aware off).

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      • Rince&exhale

        June 24, 2014 at 12:56

        BWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

        Reply

      • Xcalibersa

        June 24, 2014 at 13:04

        http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/01/16/why-your-unpaid-internship-makes-you-less-employable/

        A good read on why unpaid Internship Makes You Less Employable

        Also: I can imagine in my head an Indian teen telling his parents that he wants to take unpaid work. Sounds like the start of a comedy show.

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      • oVg FX

        June 24, 2014 at 13:12

        The coffee boy πŸ˜›

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      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        June 24, 2014 at 13:17

        That’s because we’re all in Cape Town… damnit!

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        • Xcalibersa

          June 24, 2014 at 13:18

          Or Durban

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          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            June 24, 2014 at 13:18

            We’re excluded Xcalibersa, because our cities are awesome, and our curries are divine! πŸ™

        • Gavin Mannion

          June 24, 2014 at 13:21

          Capetonians were allowed to apply… I just wasn’t paying for the travel between anywhere and JHB for the convention..

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          • oVg FX

            June 24, 2014 at 13:27

            Thats cityist.

          • Gavin Mannion

            June 24, 2014 at 13:28

            yes… now go back to your bloody mountain and cry about it

          • oVg FX

            June 24, 2014 at 13:57

            Its called Doves peak…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 24, 2014 at 14:08

            Not by me in my goddamn lifetime it won’t be.

          • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

            June 24, 2014 at 14:14

            Well when Rince and OVG goes up with the cable car we should probably call it Mount Vesuvius.

          • Lardus-Resident Perve

            June 24, 2014 at 14:02

            Bloody mountain? Or Broke Back mountain? πŸ˜›

          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 14:04

            If you were not a bearded man I would’ve called you a nansy.
            Nansy.
            We like our Mountain, broken or not. πŸ˜‰

          • Lardus-Resident Perve

            June 24, 2014 at 14:06

            LoL, I like the mountain as well. Will keep the rising see levels at bay long enough for us in landers to prepare πŸ˜‰

          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 14:11

            Pah!
            The inland is burning down already. You’re going to need the water.

          • Xcalibersa

            June 24, 2014 at 13:28

            You are being isiist

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 24, 2014 at 13:28

            No, that’s just cheap πŸ˜‰

          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 13:28

            They can’t handle how relaxed we are, it makes them tense. πŸ˜‰

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            June 24, 2014 at 14:38

            Oh you!!

    • oVg FX

      June 24, 2014 at 12:59

      2 pink ones and 1 brown one. Is that enough colour for you because Black is not a colour.
      Im not racist, I just hate everybody. Until the day I get hired for my skills and not because of the colour of my skin I might have some faith restored in these silly bi pedal so called sentient species called Humans. Who all crawled out of that bubbling pool of shit in PANGEA not Africa.

      Reply

    • Liquid Kaz (Umar)

      June 24, 2014 at 13:00

      Darryn was pretty Red when he met the booth babes…Red’s a color right?

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      • oVg FX

        June 24, 2014 at 13:03

        Colour… thats how it was spelt before Murica took over the Planet. Now thats Racist πŸ˜›

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        • Liquid Kaz (Umar)

          June 24, 2014 at 13:05

          Next you’re gonna tell me dd/mm/yy is the correct format to display the date. Get outta here!

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          • Sageville

            June 24, 2014 at 13:06

            mm/dd/ccyy

          • Liquid Kaz (Umar)

            June 24, 2014 at 13:10

            Murica rules!

          • Kensei Seraph

            June 24, 2014 at 13:06

            Well only Japan uses yy/mm/dd.
            I think.

          • oVg FX

            June 24, 2014 at 13:11

            Or how people still use feet to measure things πŸ˜›

          • Xcalibersa

            June 24, 2014 at 13:21

            I use my feet to measure in meters πŸ™‚

      • Rince&exhale

        June 24, 2014 at 13:06

        He’s a Commie? 0-O

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    • Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

      June 24, 2014 at 13:03

      My my, aren’t we looking for attention?

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      • Xcalibersa

        June 24, 2014 at 13:15

        Its a good question though?

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        • Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

          June 24, 2014 at 13:34

          No, it’s not. He’s attempting to create an issue where there isn’t one.

          We should be way past the point of counting how many whites / non-whites are in a group. This will go on till the end of time if we don’t stop it – it’s unnecessary and childish.

          Lazygamer has always been unbiased, honest and hilarious, yet for some reason their content is somehow not good enough for what it is because of the racial breakdown of the site? That’s just silly.

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          • Xcalibersa

            June 24, 2014 at 13:43

            I suppose you are right in a sense but unfortunately this is South Africa,

    • Sageville

      June 24, 2014 at 13:04

      Good point, where are they in the industry as a whole?

      Given that there are a vast amount more privileged white gamers than those of color, hence less journalists of color. So it’s probably statistically accurate in South Africa.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        June 24, 2014 at 13:15

        But what about Colin’s alter ego?

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    • Her Highness the Hipster

      June 24, 2014 at 13:22

      surprisingly few gaming journalists of color – in the country, the industry, at E3. As @lazygamers:disqus said, we’re looking for interns and would welcome diversity to the team. Even gaming events in the US of A, which tends to have more even racial distribution across professions, are notably monochrome.

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  4. Rince&exhale

    June 24, 2014 at 12:43

    Glad you wrote this Zoe, was going to ask you about this element. I do wonder at how many cases of pen groping are real and not added to create spice. I’ve been to many conferences and have not seen anything of the sort. That being said it doesn’t by any means mean it doesn’t occur. Glad you were respected as being a human.

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  5. Rince&exhale

    June 24, 2014 at 12:44

    PS When Geoff sees this he’ll do his nut in “All in all” tehehehe trololo

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  6. Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

    June 24, 2014 at 12:45

    AMAZING HAI

    Reply

    • oVg FX

      June 24, 2014 at 12:51

      Thats Lacist.

      Reply

      • VampyreSquirrel

        June 24, 2014 at 14:47

        Hai!

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  7. Kensei Seraph

    June 24, 2014 at 12:50

    I’m curios, did Darryn interact with any of these individuals before you had a chance to?

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  8. Sageville

    June 24, 2014 at 12:58

    Nice one Zoe, glad yawl had a good non-gropey experience.

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  9. CodeName Tailgunner

    June 24, 2014 at 13:16

    Hey Zoe you really did not have to go all the way to Murica if you wanted a grope. You can come push my buttons anytime!

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  10. Gavin Mannion

    June 24, 2014 at 13:17

    There is also the third option that these people who claim to be sexually harrased at events are simply clamouring for attention?

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    • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

      June 24, 2014 at 13:21

      ^This

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    • Sageville

      June 24, 2014 at 13:47

      Victim Blaming?

      Reply

      • Gavin Mannion

        June 24, 2014 at 13:56

        can only blame a victim if a victim exists

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        • Sageville

          June 24, 2014 at 14:07

          Well, your third option assumes victims are liars, while it could be possible, it’s also wildly dangerous…. I’m reminded of rape victims trying to open a police dockets. Still plausible…

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          • Gavin Mannion

            June 24, 2014 at 14:11

            but the fact that an option can be misused does not mean the option shouldn’t be mentioned.

            This is an academic discussion with no victims, the third option should be looked at.

            Also we are discussing it as a crime then surely the onus lies on the accusor to prove the point and not label all men and events as sexist unilaterally?

          • Sageville

            June 24, 2014 at 14:48

            I totally agree, talk about everything.

            From the other side, I think it’s also dangerous to dismiss all sexism reports as “females seeking attention” unilaterally.

            Fact is, either could be true and only the Victims/Accused would know for truth.

    • J_Joestar

      June 24, 2014 at 20:21

      I think it has to do with sensitivity and how comfortable with yourself you are.
      Zoe is clearly very comfortable with who she is and her appearance, she understands that her appearance and how she dresses will lead to some wandering eyes and accepts it while someone more sensitive might scream just from realizing someone is glancing at her chest.

      It is basically the level of “going too far” just varies wildly between different people,

      Wont deny that there are probably some who intentionally do so for the attention, i’m sure they are a minority.

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  11. Sam Wright

    June 24, 2014 at 13:24

    Zoe – rad post. Sometimes I wonder, like Gavin, if it isn’t an attention thing. Or if the people commenting and making a noise were there to start with. “Sexist”, “Offensive”, “Patronising”… always thrown around and yet the women actually there don’t get it.

    Also – you have the best boobs.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      June 24, 2014 at 13:25

      *backs away from the comment*…

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    • Her Highness the Hipster

      June 24, 2014 at 13:27

      Agreed. Also wonder if those feeling harassed are those who don’t normally receive any attention for being female and are affronted when it happens.

      Thanks! best boob award from a lady means more than from a man πŸ™‚ #sexistbuttrue

      Reply

      • Jonah Cash

        June 24, 2014 at 13:29

        The name Sam can go both ways…. Backs away with Gavin….

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    • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

      June 24, 2014 at 13:29

      Sam Wright is Right (on the first section)

      NO comment on the second (follows Gav’s backing away)

      Reply

      • Sith JJ

        June 24, 2014 at 13:31

        But isn’t wright like a blend of right and wrong? Maybe she’s just indifferent?

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  12. Brady miaau

    June 24, 2014 at 13:25

    some good points, some missed points and some misleading points.

    I found it quite interesting, if not always accurate

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      June 24, 2014 at 14:44

      The banana likes and respects Anita Saarkesian! What I like about her is that she’s arguing her points without falling victim to misandric nuances (a typical problem I tend to have with most feminist chicken scratch). I remember when she started her kickstarter, my first thought was “Oh god, I know where this is going”, and yet she surprised and won me over with her videos.

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      • Brady miaau

        June 24, 2014 at 15:27

        Same. I was pleasantly surprised. I do think a little more research into some of the games, like shooting a woman dead or a man dead yields the same result.

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  13. Jan Compaf

    June 24, 2014 at 13:28

    it is sexist if you a fat bitch

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    • Sageville

      June 24, 2014 at 13:50

      Well Jan, are you a fat bitch or not?

      Reply

      • Sith JJ

        June 24, 2014 at 13:54

        Maybe he’s a bielie van die bosveld?

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      • Jan Compaf

        June 24, 2014 at 14:19

        nope but someone is and she jelly of those girls therefore “bu bu sexyshm πŸ˜₯ ”

        and LMFAO dem white knights virgin fools dreaming of e-pussy, go watch some porn

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        • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

          June 24, 2014 at 14:21

          Your comment makes no sense

          Reply

          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 14:24

            A wealth of literacy and intelligence, this one.

        • Sageville

          June 24, 2014 at 14:39

          Your comments tells people more about you, than about her.

          Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          June 24, 2014 at 14:50

          wow, you sir have been beaten way to much with the stupid stick.

          Reply

          • Jan Compaf

            June 24, 2014 at 18:58

            oh look, another virgin

          • Hammersteyn

            June 24, 2014 at 19:23

            Yeah, I think it’s time you crawl back under the bridge. There’s a nice troll.

          • Jan Compaf

            June 28, 2014 at 17:04

            but i dont agree with you so u a troll aswell, a virgin troll, resume your porn

          • Hammersteyn

            June 30, 2014 at 07:39

            The majority here would agree with me, so right back at you troll.

          • Jan Compaf

            July 5, 2014 at 09:12

            agree that you fat or just a bitch?

            you are troll becoz i don liek yuo

          • Hammersteyn

            July 6, 2014 at 14:12

            Good heavens man, I think your grammar gave me cancer!!!

          • Jan Compaf

            July 6, 2014 at 18:30

            good, now die filthy troll

  14. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    June 24, 2014 at 13:40

    Zoe good luck with the feminist rant this is going to cause on either Twitter, Facebook or here…

    Would not be surprised if your exeprience gets called “anecdotal”

    That said! Great to see you enjoyed it! o/ Would love to be able to go to either this or DOTA TI o/

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    • Gavin Mannion

      June 24, 2014 at 13:41

      like this guy who thinks Zoe has no right to say this
      https://twitter.com/GarethNN/status/481392121401077760

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      • oVg FX

        June 24, 2014 at 13:51

        What amazes me the most is that in the last 5 years that I have been reading LG is that it is always the Sexist articles that brings in the most traffic and hate.
        Is it something that I am missing because I just do not get it.

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        • Gavin Mannion

          June 24, 2014 at 14:01

          nah sexist articles bring comments but not much traffic to be honest.

          Pokemon and GTA V bring traffic (well used to) So far this year it’s been FIFA

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          • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

            June 24, 2014 at 14:37

            And BATMAN!

          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 14:40

            Are you talking actual Batman, Batman of the week or that guy that keeps walking around with his Batman mask on, pretending to be part of Lazygamer?

          • oVg FX

            June 24, 2014 at 15:04

            FIFA?
            Well, we did say a gamer crash was looming but I did not expect it to be so soon πŸ˜›

          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 15:06

            I think FIFA falls under gaming like Zuma’s degree counts as an academic achievement. πŸ˜‰

          • oVg FX

            June 24, 2014 at 15:10

            LOL

      • Hammersteyn

        June 24, 2014 at 13:51

        Rogue Moon Studios eh? Well there’s another company that’s made my shit list.

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        • oVg FX

          June 24, 2014 at 13:54

          If the moon is rogue would that mean women would have less periods? πŸ˜›

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          • Hammersteyn

            June 24, 2014 at 13:57

            XD

        • Sageville

          June 24, 2014 at 13:55

          Oh hes linked to a gaming company, they apparently developed some game called System Crash…. which I won’t be buying or telling people about….

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          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 13:55

            I didn’t hear anything

          • oVg FX

            June 24, 2014 at 13:55

            Already pre-ordered.

          • Sageville

            June 24, 2014 at 14:09

            TRAITOR!

      • Kromas

        June 24, 2014 at 13:53

        Cute.

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      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        June 24, 2014 at 13:58

        Research? She specifically states it’s her personal experience! Sigh…

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        • Gavin Mannion

          June 24, 2014 at 14:01

          please don’t let facts and reading get in the way of making that original Lazygamer / lazy research joke

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          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 14:02

            But FACTS!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 24, 2014 at 14:05

            There is no spoon :/

          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 14:10

            Dude. No way.
            Last night my gf said something about knowing the facts and I said: “there is no spoon” (coincidentally she was also looking for a spoon)

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 24, 2014 at 14:22

            You complete me!

          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 14:23

            LOL

          • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

            June 24, 2014 at 14:25

            Bah facts.Who need facts when you can write useless MyNews articles, break down other people’s belief system and call their mother a whore.

          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 14:27

            I honestly have no idea who they are, just joining in because LGs are my homies. I think we’ve warranted them enough attention now though.

            btw dude… your handle is brilliant.

          • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

            June 24, 2014 at 14:31

            Thank you.

            Just creating links Mr. Fouche’s attitude and what you generally find on SA news sites (ie News24). These days I just read the headlines since all the forums degenerate into either religious, racial, political mudslinging name-calling cesspit.

          • Sith JJ

            June 24, 2014 at 14:33

            Tell me about it.

      • GarethNN

        June 24, 2014 at 17:02

        Oh, so this is where the twitter trolls are coming from.

        I didn’t say she hasn’t got a right to say it, I said it was lazy. You’re even lazy in summarizing my tweet, Gavin. And it wasn’t a very long tweet.

        You want to comment about whether sexism at gaming conventions is or isn’t a concern anymore? You want to offer an opinion about an important, nuanced and difficult topic? Cool. Just do some actual journalism. Go around, interview women at the conference. Besides just yourself.

        Talk to the other attendees, the female devs manning the stalls, the booth babes, the female panelists. Talk to them about their experiences, ask them if they’ve encountered sexism, if they’re still encountering sexism. Garner more than one opinion, out of thousands. Don’t just go “Well I went, and no one groped me. Looks like the coast is clear!”

        Look, I’ll do what you did – I’m a male, I went to a conference last month, I never groped anyone. I guess, based on my self-report, that I’ll conclude that men don’t grope women at conferences anymore!

        Saying “this was my experience” = cool.
        Saying “well, I conclude from my single experience that it’s all a-ok now!” = lazy.

        But this kind of thing is par for the course for Lazy Gamer. Nine times out of ten, if sexism in the industry is being discussed, there’s an article, usually from Gavin, saying something like “I don’t see the problem, why is everyone making such a fuss?”

        The attitude on display is fairly clear here. – “There is also the third option that these people who claim to be sexually harrased at events are simply clamouring for attention?”

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        • Charl van der Merwe

          July 4, 2014 at 08:49

          agh jeezus, the ‘booth babes’ get paid to be there because the have nice boobs and a pretty smile, they are doing that too themselves! They are selling themselves out for their looks. Are you gonna be their knight in shining armour to come rescue them from their own bad decisions?

          LOL

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  15. Just me

    June 24, 2014 at 14:03

    I won’t lie, I like big and round breasts.

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    • Her Highness the Hipster

      June 24, 2014 at 14:05

      who doesn’t? πŸ˜›

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      • Sith JJ

        June 24, 2014 at 14:10

        Not so happy when it’s mine

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      • HvR - Still dislikes Random.or

        June 24, 2014 at 14:18

        Darryn always seem to favour nice round derrière

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  16. Tom Krager

    June 24, 2014 at 15:03

    I’m so sick of this “is this sexist?” or “is this racist?” mentality we have in this country. I’m sorry sexism and racism happen but seriously, not every instance of white males gathering together is an example of us secluding and alienating you. Somethings are just more popular among white males. That’s not to say there aren’t other races represented there. Large amount of Asians are always in the media I see related to E3 and other gaming conventions. Not a lot of Blacks tho but again, are they being alienated or do they just not go to conventions in the same ratio as other races do? Seems to me like its far more likely that gaming is not sexist or racist. it just happens to be mostly populated by white males.

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    • Yeah

      June 24, 2014 at 15:26

      Exactly unless one is taunted or insulted, it is not considered an act of racism or sexism. These people need to get their act together and stop being a radical atheist, christian, muslim, lgbt activists whatsoever.

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  17. JustShutUpAlready

    June 24, 2014 at 15:22

    Seriously you’re complaining about the gender doing the press conference ?! It’s you people that ignite the concept of ridiculous Feminazi. Everything you talk must relate to how sexist it is. I am getting bored already, you guys are trying to be radical atheist and christian.

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  18. Valley Girl

    June 24, 2014 at 16:21

    “It has led me to wonder about those articles that I read where women cited so many instances of harassment, abuse and other sexist situations.” THANK YOU for not dismissing other women’s experiences, just bc it didn’t happen to you. I’m very happy you attended with very little or no problems. One reason I love L.A. and its diverse population. Progression is much easier here than other places.

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  19. VampyreSquirrel

    June 24, 2014 at 16:54

    That Raving Rabbid better be careful… Dean might hurt him lol

    Reply

  20. J_Joestar

    June 24, 2014 at 20:22

    Would it be lecherous or creepy for a straight guy to complement that polka-dot dress?

    Reply

  21. TriangularRoom

    June 25, 2014 at 08:29

    Nice to hear that you were treated like a person instead of a FEMALE πŸ™‚

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  22. The Jaded Gamer

    June 25, 2014 at 08:32

    I think I just fell in love with a Zoe Hawkins

    Reply

  23. TA-DA!

    July 2, 2014 at 12:50

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