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Abusing Title IX

27 Apr

Interesting how loopholes are used to make gender equity look like a reality. In this NY Times article, we hear of how male practice players get counted as women athletes on the basketball court. How women walk-on tennis players are present on the roster but don’t really have to practice with the team let alone go to tournaments and represent the school. It makes me realize that my own participation in USA as an NCAA scholarship athlete was part of that sham – we too had one season with male practice players. I’m sure those guys, who were quite proud of being a part of the athletic department, didn’t know their role was positioned as “statistical woman”. I know that we the players were not aware that these men – who were helping us out – were in actuality taking up positions for other women to gain a scholarship through the athletic department. Transparency = 0.

EDIT: The women’s sports foundation has posted a response to the article in question [PDF]

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My No. 1 worst moment for women and gaming in 2011

22 Mar

Here it is, My No. 1 worst moment for women and gaming, why?

Well, let’s set the stage – take one top athlete (Serena Williams) and erase any notion of her achievements, give her the title of “world’s sexiest”, thrust her in some black nylons and make her derriere  literally a character on screen. Then, take a top gamer (Rileah Vanderbilt) and erase any notion of her achievements, give her the title of “world’s sexiest”, thrust her in some black nylons and make her derriere and chest literally characters on screen. Oh yeah, also: add a lot of grunting, some shooting flame-balls, and some droplets of sweat. There is a tiny shining light that shows five clips of the game-version Serena Willliams on-screen, fully clothed, and hitting powerful winners. Though those two seconds worth of clips are just a back-drop to the “real action” which is the sexualization and marginalization of women that play games well.

Joystiq has talked to game developer 2K sports who gave this official statement, Continue reading

Letzplay has moved out of the building …

1 Jan

LetzPlayLetzplay has permanently moved online to join the brave new world of social media.

Our *services* include:

– Updates on groundbreaking research, as well as eye-brow raising research, on women, girls and games, as well as work on masculinites and gaming.

– Links to women and girls making waves in the field of play

– General chit-chat on the two above mentioned themes.

Our facebook group — Letzplay – The Women and Computer Games Group —  is open and awaiting your button click. All events are announced via the facebook group.

PS3 – for dummies?

15 Sep

The release of the new giant in gaming – the PS3 – is on its way … although the release date has once again been shifted – now for a Danish release in March 2007! So, we get a little more time to ask ourselves “is the PS3 worth waiting for?”  Do we the consumers have the economy to support such a dear little thing?

I for one do not.

“The most sophisticated entertainment machine for consumers worldwide” … hmm. It is definitely sophisticated, but as an entertainment machine – I don’t think I can keep up with its golden* (*Mac white) glean. For economically strong users perhaps, for early adopter identities, or for those who really get “their money’s worth” for networking with friends, family entertainment and so on – but what about us single women with a gaming poor network? The console costs the same as a round trip to Guam and a single game is 600 Danish crowns – now that’s a lot of crowns!

Problem is – I’m stuck with the PlayStation brand. For whilst I have very few friends to share games with, at least there are a few. If I shifted over to the Nintendo Wii (the console I find most tempting) I would narrow that down to zero contacts to share games with.

Perhaps within our small gaming networks we should be arranging meetings for group investment, and ask – “what do we want to play”? I for one would get more “sophisticated entertainment” out of my console if I could access more than the game that I bought it with (and that offer will probably first start in 2010!)