IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

The news and analysis that’s caught the eye of the Women in Games team over the past month…

Man Vs Bear: In case you’ve missed THIS, a trending TikTok debate has dominated social media over the past couple of weeks. It all started when a popular TikTok account asked seven women whether they’d prefer to encounter a man they don’t know, or a bear, while alone in the forest. Of all of the women, only one chose a man over the bear. And as The Mary Sue points out, it’s triggered some fierce responses from men – https://tinyurl.com/yc5hyt6f

Perhaps those men should spend some time online in gaming spaces, or at least read the results of the latest Bryter research into the area. The Independent covered the report – including commentary by our CEO Marie-Claire Isaaman. You can discover the research and read the experiences of women gamers here – https://tinyurl.com/v2awz49

Speaking of violence against women, following the overturning of Harvey Weinstein’s rape conviction, The Guardian asks ‘How Much Did #MeToo Change for Women?’ – https://tinyurl.com/89pp9ade

Meanwhile the BBC reports on actress Ashley Judd leading the backlash over the ruling – https://tinyurl.com/7rh6962k

The BBC also solemnly points out that Florida’s six-week abortion ban will be felt beyond the State itself as it “[closes] the door – for now – on the last major abortion access point in the US South” – https://tinyurl.com/34th5wm3

On a more positive note, International Business Times has a great article on how companies can champion women’s leadership roles in the tech industry – https://tinyurl.com/25tm9hud

And Entrepreneur shares that successful women have six distinct personality traits. And, yes, ‘resilience’ is number one – https://tinyurl.com/yc2yfvkx

Meanwhile, more women-led movie inspiration comes following the success of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie last year. And it strikes a very different note. There’s Still Tomorrow (C’è Ancora Domani), by 50-year-old actress, writer and singer Paola Cortellesi, is now being released across Europe following huge success in its home country of Italy. This powerful film tells the story of the heroine Delia and the emotional and physical abuse she suffers at the hands of her husband. Find out more here – https://tinyurl.com/bdz5ck22

In the games industry, ‘breast jiggles’ became the topic of the day, following an ill-advised social media past from indie studio Crytivo about character physics in its Farm Folks sim. It caused a backlash, and then another backlash from the other side when the studio’s CEO Alex Koshelkov apologised… Kotaku has an excellent overview of the unfolding situation, including comments from Koshelkov. It’s well worth a read here – https://tinyurl.com/576bcwrp

And finally, eye-roll, face palm, angry face emoji – or all three? As Forbes – amongst many other media outlets – reports on the furore surrounding the launch of the Nike women’s Olympics athletic uniformhttps://tinyurl.com/37x5ajnw

As ever, if you find anything you’d like to share with the Women in Games community, email Lisa.Carter@womeningames.org. See you next month!