For years, longer than I've been working and longer than your parents have been working, woman have been fighting for their rights and still are. So what makes the gaming industry so different? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. It isn't because we are truly weaker, prettier, or dumber than the male that is going up for the same position. It is because we portray ourselves to be.
"Look at me, Doctor. A lady to be protected and fought for. A princess of the blood royale." -Tonia, Star Trek.
We are taught to think this way. That we can never stand as tall as a male. That we need to wait for our prince charming, or Mario if you will, to save us from our castle. Unfortunately as we grow older no one tells us otherwise. This is me telling you otherwise.
You CAN work in the gaming industry. It's tough, trust me I know, but not simply because you are a woman. It's a fucking difficult industry! I know the reasons why you think you can't do it. To me it just sounds like you're trying to talk yourself out of it.
It goes a little something like this....
You hear a conversation about a game or comic and chime in:
You instantly get looked up and down because your a woman. You can't possibly know what you're talking about. They laugh and say, "you play video games?" and they laugh again. You are instantly too shy or nervous to continue. I see it all the time.
Don't stop! Keep talking. Show those assholes that you know more than them. You've played all the original Nintendo games. Hell, you've even had a go at Magnavox Odyssey before. In fact, you have Atari set up at home and know every River Raid level just as well as you know Skyrim.
Your husband won't take time out of his day to watch the kids:
Maybe you didn't marry the right man or maybe you shouldn't have had kids, although its too late now I guess. The gaming industry takes up a lot of time and if you don't have that time don't blame it on others. Female or not, if you are in the gaming industry chances are you won't have much of a life outside of that.
They all think you got where you are because of your looks:
Who cares, you got there. Oh, you want me to wear a little extra make up or heals and you'll let me make a video game I've been creating in my shitty apartment for years? Yes, yes I will. This is imaginary, it's never easy to get promoted and anyone will say anything simply for the fact that they wish they were you. If it was really that easy we would all be doing it. Plus, I've heard meaner things in high school. If that bothers you, you were obviously never bullied.
There needs to be more female characters in games:
So make them. You have the schooling, the skills, and the tools, why are waiting for someone else to do it for you?
You're getting harrased:
This is what HR people are for. If they aren't doing their job then sue, make millions, and create your own game company. Harassment should never be tolerated and the gaming industry isn't any different.
So lady gamers; where are my Wonder Woman's, my Lighting's, my Samus's my Zelda's, my Lara Croft's, should I go on? All of these woman are sexier than any woman alive and can still kick ass just as good (if not better) than the boys. We are going to face criticism our entire lives, but this is no reason to try to make up excuses as to why you are not good enough. These situations should make you stronger, they should give you a reason to keep fighting. Don't give up.