Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The awesomest sexist workplace story ever.

We hear a lot about how unbalanced the gaming industry is, in terms of understanding and being respectful of both genders - from Twitter explosions of horrifying stories of sexual discrimination within the industry to booth babe controversies to idiotic ads - and it's rare to find such a story in which everything works out in the best possible way.

Check this out.

You've heard of Hawken, right?  That first-person multiplayer mech shooter?  It's not out yet - currently in open beta - but...
"For the last six months of my tenure at Meteor Entertainment, there has been only one thing I did not love about my job. This picture:

"Our CEO loves this picture. It is to all appearances his favorite piece of comic art for the game. He had it blown up poster-sized, framed, and displayed on the out-facing wall of his office. There, it looms over the front room like a ship’s figurehead. It is the first thing workers and visitors see when they enter the building and the last thing they see when they leave. This little lady’s undermeats have been the open- and close- parens to my work world for the last six months. I loathe this picture."
So what did she do?  She went to a like-minded friend in the art department (a fellow named Sam), plied him with righteous indignation and tequila, and had this produced:

Now that's not the awesome part.  The awesome part is the CEO's response:
"We hear a loud: “What the hell is this?!” And then all goes quiet. Ten minutes pass. We panic.  
We are both suddenly and painfully aware that we have, in fact, just punked the CEO of our company. He is by all accounts an awesome dude. He is also a late-50s ex-army guy who happens to determine our employment futures in an at-will state. Meep.  
Twenty more minutes pass. And then our CEO comes up to my desk, taps me on the shoulder, and says this: 
“That was a brilliant prank. You called me on exactly the bullshit I need to be called on. I put up pictures of half-naked girls around the office all the time and I never think about it. I’m taking you and Sam to lunch. And after that, we’re going to hang both prints, side by side.”"
Everything about this is wonderful.  The courage of our storyteller is wonderful, but most of all such a positive, healthy, constructive reaction from her employer is...

...it's a shame it's so surprising, is what it is.  Good on ya, Mark, Sam and the lady with the guts.


  1. I'd work for that man in a heart beat.

  2. If the worst part of your job is that the boss hung up a picture of comic art, you might want to consider yourself lucky.