Shawna Howson aka Nanalew, Becoming YouTube panel at Summer in the City (August 17th 2013, London), talking about the gender gap on YouTube
Shawna did such a wonderful job on the panel. She was so articulate. It was beaut. (via hermionejg)
Shawna kicks serious butt.
It’s Apocalypse Week on my collab channel so I talk about the skills I would bring to an apocalypse team and my favourite TV apocalypse.
So it would be cool if you talked about your favourite apocalypse (or whatever the hell you want to talk about) in the video comments.
(btw apocalypse doesn’t even look like a proper word anymore. or it looks like the name of a strange animal. like an alpaca. or something.)
This infuriates me and is so indicative of all of the problems that were discussed in today’s amazing #womenonyoutube gathering. Ben’s continued insistence that he understands women on youtube, and women in general more than the women themselves understand the world in which they function and the struggles they face makes me want to be physically sick.
I was working all day today so completely missed Ben’s frankly disgusting interchange with Kayley but honestly I can’t say that I’m surprised. It’s something that we have seen from him and from so many who repeatedly decide that they know what the problem is and how to solve it, the problem of the 17% and the 77 to the dollar and the rape threats and poor comments. For all the sarcasm and the “obviously I didn’t mean that”, this just goes to show that Ben does truly believe women aren’t quote unquote successful on youtube (and fuck that, I’m sitting in a room full of women who are extremely successful on YouTube) because they’re not making content that is good enough.
Well, his content (including his twitter) isn’t good or bad. It’s fucking damaging and perpetuates horrible attitudes that distract us from the real problem.
I’m so sad to see this on the same day as all of the wonderful #womenonyoutube discussion, but in a way it could not be better timing because it just shows us how much more work there is to do.
So let’s get to work.
1. There are many, many wonderful women on YouTube who have broad and growing audiences. Here is a long but still incomplete list. (I’d add Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, Natalie Tran, and Mamrie Hart, but there are lots.)
2. When women start to build an audience on YouTube, they are far, far more likely than men to be subjected to threats, harassment intimidation, and abuse. This has driven many women content creators whose work I love—especially LGBT women and/or women of color—away from YouTube. As a successful female YouTube partner said to me today, “Every time someone tweets a video of mine, I’m simultaneously grateful and really anxious, because I’m afraid of threats.” That’s a barrier to growing your audience, and it’s one created entirely by patriarchy.
3. Claims that the Top 500 Most Viewed YouTubers are >90% male simply because guys work harder at YouTube or make better videos are just blatantly ridiculous. Like, that’s just not a well reasoned conclusion.
After watching the newest Becoming Youtube episode about female youtubers are the imbalance in the gender of popular vloggers, I decided to go through the accounts I am subscribed to. These were my results:
Entirely Male: 9
Entirely Female: 14
I am obviously subscribed to way more females than males despite the box that I feel like Becoming Youtube continually wants to shove me into; since I’m a female, teen nerdfighter, I must be a fangirl who subscribes to boys I think are cute, right?
*This category other/unknown is for vloggers who are bigender/agender/genderfluid. Vloggers who are transsexual were placed in the gender they identify as. It also included channels who only post fanvids so I don’t know their gender/their gender is irrelevant.
Is that Charlie McDonnell dressed as an elf being carried by Michael Aranda dressed as Santa?
Yes. Yes it is.
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