May Party – #1ReasonWhy I Should Sue You for Sexual Harassment

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This month’s party will feature Nina Huntemann presenting, “#1ReasonWhy I Should Sue You for Sexual Harassment”:

My current research project is a policy analysis of the #1reasonwhy twitter conversation that erupted in November 2012. I examine thousands of comments made by women working in game development, documenting various forms of gender and sexual harassment and discriminatory behavior they have faced while working in the games industry. Specifically, this paper identifies how sexual harassment and workplace discrimination policies enacting in the United States would respond to these self-reported accounts. Using case law precedent and best practices from non-gaming business sectors, this paper demonstrates how existing policy can be applied to the illegal behaviors of co-workers and supervisors that women working in games often face. It is the author’s intention to provide advocacy research that can be used by women and their allies to organize for inclusive and supportive workplace policies, and to encourage industry leaders to proactively address a culture of misogyny in the games industry.
Nina B. Huntemann is an associate professor of media studies at Suffolk University in the Department of Communication and Journalism. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, culture and technology, applying feminist theory and cultural production perspectives to the industrial and social practices of digital gaming. She is co-editor two books: Gaming Globally: Production, Play and Place (Palgrave, 2013) and Joystick Soldiers: The Politics of Play in Military Video Games (Routledge, 2010).