*skips most of the thread*
Whatever, one animated GIF. Quite funny, whatever.
Now this article is creepy in spots: http://kotaku.com/the-creepy-side-of-e3-513484271
Introduction - what's wrong with the question "so do you play games?" You can be a sports journalist without playing sports. Male journalists could get those questions too.
First story - ok, the security guy got what he deserved, convention people did the right thing - case closed.
Second story - I want to know who the indie developer was.
Third story - gamers as a rule don't get to be around women that much I guess. And can be pretty moronic. And suck at pickup lines.
Fourth story - disgusting.
Fifth story - creepy & rude, but whatever
Sixth story - dropping the AAA studio name would be nice. Those guys don't like bad PR, would do something about the devs.
Definitely a few bad stories in there - although I think half of them are not really a big deal and mostly end up being there to fill the article.
The booth babe one for example - is it really offensive to be asked if you're a booth babe when they stand for "sexy"? I think most guys would have been very flattered if the roles had been reversed. What was really funny, was her saying that a skirt that doesn't doesn't go down to her knees is "modest" *facepalms*. I wonder what a non-modest skirt is like then.
The boob picture thing seemed silly to me as well - it's not like it does any harm and while the guy taking pics is obviously quite a perv, if her face isn't on it, who cares? It's not like she had popped them out for Donkey Kong's pleasure.
Of all those stories, the security guard one is the only one I would call genuinely disturbing. When someone has physical contact with you and keep doing it, it gets awkward really quickly.
What women maybe don't realize, is that men can be on the receiving end as well - anyone who goes to bars, will have had women do the same thing - and men too. I've had a 10 year older drunk woman rub my shoulders wanting me to take her home and not taking no for an answer. This went on for over an hour before her friend drove her home. I've had guys going all "I love you man" at me in bars too many times to mention involving groping, hugging, etc.
I think one of the main risks of these articles, is that it alienates men even further. The picture portrayed is often one of "men are evil, women are innocent" and when your audience is mostly male, what it actually does, is make men feel like women are making men look bad (which these articles actually do, mind you) which only makes the gap between the two genders go wider. These articles are always so unbalanced and often contain stuff that is laughable (like the booth babe comments) that it doesn't help the case at ALL.
The whole modern approach to sexism is fucked up anyway - we have a huge divide between the Western world and the Middle East and Far East and yet we focus on stuff that is so small that it's really laughable at times. For example, the media still goes on about how men on average earn more than women in central European countries yet every time they investigate why, it turns out it's because women chose family over career and go for less-paying job voluntarily - in my opinion, that means the case is closed and we reached our goal so why do we keep going on about it? Stuff like a guy being a "white knight" is sexist, holding a door open is sexist, etc. just makes me want to smack heads together. The moment you actually get upset by these little things (like business men having to be changed to business people, etc.) is the moment you either don't know what else to do anymore, or you should move on to more important matters.