I didn’t really want to put this in the main post because I felt that it would just take away from the overall good feeling I had about my time there plus I generally stayed away from them.
Let me clear, I don’t hate these women, they see it as any other job. Who wouldn’t want to be paid to just stand there being their attractive self? What I take offense at is how encourages people in tech to view women as objects rather than active contributors to the community.
Like I said, I don’t go to conventions, but I have heard about Booth Babes and how they generally do nothing but take away from the whole event. Which is why I was pretty disappointed to see Nvidia and Virgin Media use them. I use both companies products on a regular basis and I would vouch for their good quality .. which is why I don’t understand why they felt the need to use scantily clad women to promote themselves. Do they feel like they have nothing else to offer the convention goers than scantily clad women?
It was pretty pathetic.
-sigh- I hate talking about it, because it always sounds so .. angry and feminazi (whatever that is) coming from a woman, it often gets dismissed as as an overly emotional reaction or overthinking an issue. So it’s nice to see a guy speak up and say, “Hey, you know what? This isn’t cool at all. It’s pathetic to think women are just objects and it’s insulting to me to assume that’s all I care about.”
Check the comments of the article to see the reply from the Managing Director of the Eurogamer Network? That just.. warmed my heart.
I will be attending future Expos.