Recently, the #1ReasonWhy hashtag on Twitter has been used by women in the video game industry to share their stories of why it is hard to exist in an industry dominated by men. We asked men for their take on the situation.
In order to protect the identity of the men we asked, we did not attribute any names to the quotes:
I don’t work with any women on my team, so I don’t see the problem. How can we be sexist if there are no women to be sexist against?
Look, I can only make rape jokes against women. I can’t make them about men because that would make me seem gay. So I’m not being sexist, I just gotta protect my identity.
Men are just better at making video games. It’s a fact. I’m not sexist; I’m just being objective.
I would love it if random women just groped my penis, so I think women would love it if men just randomly groped their boobs. You know, the golden rule.
I’m just giving what the audience wants when they ask for scantily-clad women. Sex sells! It’s a fact of life!
Look, I only yelled about a “vagina in the room” because that was a fact. There was only one woman in the room and therefore only one vagina. And people jump on me for it.
Women are just good to look at. I’m complementing them. Why else would they dress that way if they didn’t want that kind of attention?
The women I work with get to use the coffee machine and take a break just like us men. So I don’t see why they’re complaining when everything’s fair.
Men’s rights is an important issue and I don’t understand why more people don’t take me seriously.
There is a lot of sexism outside of the game industry. So stop focusing on us as we are only a small part of the problem. Focus on something more important please.
The #NotSexist hashtag has recently been taken up by male industry figures who feel that the #1ReasonWhy hashtag is unfair.