The Hypersexualization of Women in the Gaming Community

Carly Belloff's picture

It’s no secret that there is a lack of gender diversity in the technology sector. Women make up only 17% of the technical workforce at Google and 15% at Facebook. At the 2015 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas there was only one female speaker out of the never-ending conveyer belt of male speakers, yet 89% of the decisions to buy consumer electronics are from women, so the lack of female representation in an industry where women are significant marketing targets shows how ignorant the industry is.

Spencer Solit's Media artifact

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Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Social Media and Sexual Assault

Seth Goldstein (TC)'s picture

Social media has become a place where victims of sexual assault have found a voice. Because sexual assault is such a devastating and difficult experience, it is often very challenging for victims to report their attacks or speak up against their attackers. However, we have recently seen people using social media to speak up against their sexual assault attackers. Victims are using Facebook posts to talk about their experiences or using Twitter to call out their attackers.

Can the #MeToo and #TimesUp Campaigns stop sexual assaults?

Seth Goldstein (TC)'s picture

Over the past few months, there has been a large influx of women reporting sexual assaults against them. As we have seen, women that have allegations against men that have abused them have begun to use the #MeToo phrase to let people know they are a victim of sexual assault, but also to raise awareness and encourage other women to speak out against their attackers. However, this movement is one that is not new.

United States Ranks 49th in Gender Equality

Seth Goldstein (TC)'s picture

Since 2006, the World Economic Forum has sent out a report ranking every country in accordance to their gender equality rating. The report takes into account many gender equality metrics such as life expectancy parity, labor participation, wage income gap, and political representation. How the WEF has said that this year was the first time since 2006 that there has been a gender equality retreat. Even though there has been improvements in education, health and politics, regression occurred.

LGBT Civil Rights Laws

Seth Goldstein (TC)'s picture

A few months ago, a testimony was given to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission in an effort to get the group to reinterpret the Michigan Civil rights Act to include protections for the LGBT community. The group that brought this to the attention of the Michigan Commissioin was, Equality Michigan, a LGBT advocate group.

Sexual Assault: What do recent events say about gender equality?

Jackie Tsontakis's picture

In recent news, we have seen several sexual assault cases come up, with Larry Nassar's case affecting Michigan specifically. Nassar was a doctor in the state of Michigan and had several pateints at Michigan State University. Nassar was found to be guilty of sexually assaulting over 150 girls during their treatments. He was seen to be a trusted expert in the field, and now will be remembered as one of the worst cases of a sexual predator in history. This case hits close to home for many, as Nassar was a doctor in Michigan.

Women's March on Lansing for Gender Equality

Seth Goldstein (TC)'s picture

Last week was the 100 year anniversary of women gaining suffrage in the state of Michigan. Rather than holding a ceremony for this great accomplishment and important date in the state's history, women instead protested. Thousands of women and their supporters gathered on the Capitol lawn in Lansing for the second annual Women's March. The women protested for more womens' rights and equal treatment. Despite the fact that this year there is a record number of women running for political office, women still rightfully believe they are underrepresented and treated unfairly. 

The Hypersexualization of Women in the Gaming Community

Carly Belloff's picture

It’s no secret that there is a lack of gender diversity in the technology sector. Women make up only 17% of the technical workforce at Google and 15% at Facebook. At the 2015 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas there was only one female speaker out of the never-ending conveyer belt of male speakers, yet 89% of the decisions to buy consumer electronics are from women, so the lack of female representation in an industry where women are significant marketing targets shows how ignorant the industry is.

Social Media and Sexual Assault

Seth Goldstein (TC)'s picture

Social media has become a place where victims of sexual assault have found a voice. Because sexual assault is such a devastating and difficult experience, it is often very challenging for victims to report their attacks or speak up against their attackers. However, we have recently seen people using social media to speak up against their sexual assault attackers. Victims are using Facebook posts to talk about their experiences or using Twitter to call out their attackers.

Can the #MeToo and #TimesUp Campaigns stop sexual assaults?

Seth Goldstein (TC)'s picture

Over the past few months, there has been a large influx of women reporting sexual assaults against them. As we have seen, women that have allegations against men that have abused them have begun to use the #MeToo phrase to let people know they are a victim of sexual assault, but also to raise awareness and encourage other women to speak out against their attackers. However, this movement is one that is not new.

United States Ranks 49th in Gender Equality

Seth Goldstein (TC)'s picture

Since 2006, the World Economic Forum has sent out a report ranking every country in accordance to their gender equality rating. The report takes into account many gender equality metrics such as life expectancy parity, labor participation, wage income gap, and political representation. How the WEF has said that this year was the first time since 2006 that there has been a gender equality retreat. Even though there has been improvements in education, health and politics, regression occurred.

LGBT Civil Rights Laws

Seth Goldstein (TC)'s picture

A few months ago, a testimony was given to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission in an effort to get the group to reinterpret the Michigan Civil rights Act to include protections for the LGBT community. The group that brought this to the attention of the Michigan Commissioin was, Equality Michigan, a LGBT advocate group.

Sexual Assault: What do recent events say about gender equality?

Jackie Tsontakis's picture

In recent news, we have seen several sexual assault cases come up, with Larry Nassar's case affecting Michigan specifically. Nassar was a doctor in the state of Michigan and had several pateints at Michigan State University. Nassar was found to be guilty of sexually assaulting over 150 girls during their treatments. He was seen to be a trusted expert in the field, and now will be remembered as one of the worst cases of a sexual predator in history. This case hits close to home for many, as Nassar was a doctor in Michigan.

Women's March on Lansing for Gender Equality

Seth Goldstein (TC)'s picture

Last week was the 100 year anniversary of women gaining suffrage in the state of Michigan. Rather than holding a ceremony for this great accomplishment and important date in the state's history, women instead protested. Thousands of women and their supporters gathered on the Capitol lawn in Lansing for the second annual Women's March. The women protested for more womens' rights and equal treatment. Despite the fact that this year there is a record number of women running for political office, women still rightfully believe they are underrepresented and treated unfairly. 

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How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

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