A few weeks ago I came across a blog post by Gamespot Australia's own associate editor Laura parker that moved me. Laura's latest post entitled, "Speaking Up: Why Female Game Writers Shouldn't Be Ignored", caught my attention. Also known as Lozzica on Gamespot, Laura brought an issue to the forefront that deserves to be addressed. The matter sex. Not sex sex, but female and male sex. Let me rephrase this actually. Male and female journalism, specifically game journalism. Ya, that works.
Here is a link to Lozzica's amazing post http://www.gamespot.com/users/Lozzica/show_blog_entry.php?topic_id=m-100-25947136
The following is my response to Lozzica's blog post...
This article has certainly opened my eyes to the female perspective on the topic of female game writers. Being the brother of a female film director currently going through much of the same experiences of gender imbalance as you mention has helped to make me aware of the hurtles regarding gender in certain industries. If I might impose some of my opinions on the matter.
I don't know if the answer is pretending not to aknowledge your gender. You cannot deny that you're either male or female. Someone didn't, "chose to separate male writers from female writers." You are female writers. That's not the problem it's just a fact. The problem is that there are people who are going to treat you differently because of that fact.
It's hard to believe it wasn't that long ago that woman were even given the right to vote. It was less than 150 years ago "in 1893 New Zealand was the first country to give women the right to vote on a national level." And The US didn't do the same until 1920. It's a mindset that's been passed down since the beginning of human existence on a prehistoric level when being physically stronger literally meant life or death and therefore dominance.
As a species we're definitely moving towards the point when men and women will be viewed as equals, both by law and by society. We're just not there yet.
So, what do you think about the position of male and female gender imbalance in the industry? Leave a comment.