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franzferdinand2 said: Since SDCC and harassment are in the news again, did anything ever come out of your harassment complaints from last year?
Man I got an email that told me they take harassment very seriously and that I shoulda followed an unspoken rule so as to avoid their goons running up on me three deep like I stole something in the booth where I was working.
But I only got that email because I sent another one six months after I sent the original report like “can a brothers at least get a ‘we hear you, but sorry hoss, we can’t do anything about it also who cares’ instead of all this silence?”
Maybe those email addresses were just dead for the latter half of 2013?? weird, you’d think SDCC could spring for some working email servers or a gmail forwarding service or something
Over at WIRED, I wrote about the new game Hack n’ Slash, a Legend of Zelda style game where you use your sword to hack the source code itself. It’s a really clever concept, but the game has something else that Zelda never had, despite its name: a female protagonist. This didn’t make it in the article, but I really enjoyed this discussion with creator Brandon Dillon about why he made his main character an elven girl named Alice, in part because it is super, super adorable.
Dillon: We follow that convention that when you’re creating the game you can type in any name you want to, but Alice is the canonical name in the same way that Link is.
Laura: Why Alice?
Dillon: Do you want the embarrassing reason? The embarrassing reason is that my fiancee and I have talked a lot about baby names—what those names would mean to us, and convey aspirationally and what we hope our children would find important. We both love Alice in Wonderland and the curiosity that character possesses, the cleverness and bravery in the face of the the universe’s essential weirdness. When I was trying to figure out the name for the main character I had this thought—our first girl name choice is Alice and our first boy name choice is Charlie. Charlie’s going to have plenty of heroes to look at in video games, but Alice isn’t going to have as many because there aren’t as many female leads in games. I have this opportunity because I’m writing this character and creating her personality, which has a lot of those things that I find personally valuable and are an important part of my worldview: not taking things at face value, being independent, having a skeptical eye towards the things you experience, cleverness as a virtue. All of that is baked into the nature of the character’s personality by the nature of what she’s doing over the course of the game. I just like the idea of someday having a girl that can play this game that her dad made and have that communicated to her.”
As the chorus of women speaking out about sexual harassment in comics grows louder and louder, one of the most frequent – and heartening – responses I’ve heard from men is that they’re concerned about this issue and want to do more, but don’t know exactly where to start.
Rachel Edidin and I are working on a collection of tips and resources for men who want to step up – both in comics and in the broader world. It’s important to remember that harassment isn’t a single, monolithic situation; it can take many forms, depending on who’s being harassed, who’s doing the harassing, where they are, and what their relationship is. And since there’s no one-size-fits-all situation, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, either. In order to address the problem, you don’t need a single tool; you need an entire toolkit of potential responses. That’s why we’d like to hear from you as well about what works — and what’s missing.
Women: What sort of things would you like to see the men around you do to help address harassment? What sorts of support and intervention and have been the most successful, and in what sorts of situations? What would you like men to avoid doing – both in general and as allies?
Men: What has been useful and successful for you in terms of addressing harassment and the sexism in comics culture with other men, in terms of intervention, commentary, support, and external conversation and action? What have you found most effective when dealing with harassers who are both strangers and acquaintances?
Feel free to send me your responses here as “questions” on Tumblr – if you’d prefer not to have your comments credited to you just let me know, and anonymous responses are welcome as well. (You can reach out on Twitter too.) Thanks again for wanting to help make comics a more welcoming community for everyone.