Read... She Was Harassed By A Games Reporter. Now She's Speaking Out.
"It gets difficult, because you're in shock, and your brain isn't really thinking, 'I am going to tell this guy that this is not appropriate.' It's more of 'I'm just going to ignore this and hope that it gets dropped.' Because, you know, there was the original intent to his conversation, which was trying to get information about another studio and their game—which I legitimately know nothing about—so it was more of, 'okay, well, I don't want to be rude. I don't want to potentially burn a bridge here, because what if there's a future where I need that press contact, or a professional relationship, and the industry is so small?"
If you haven't already seen the Facebook thread where a male games writer goes from pursuing a lead to persistently offering oral sex to a female game industry employee, I'm not going to describe it any further. You can see it yourself in this Kotaku article by Rachel Edidin, where she spoke to the woman in question and several other women in the industry who have been put in similarly disgusting situations.
The knee-jerk reaction may be to wonder why she didn't tell him to stop, but Edidin's sources - none of whom were comfortable with being named, naturally - spell out how potentially disastrous it can be to a woman's career to be "that girl." Nobody likes the ice queen who can't take a joke, because years of unwanted sexual advances are exactly the same as trash talking buddies at the water cooler, right? This isn't just a problem in the gaming industry, but it's still everybody's responsibility to stop it.