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Mon, Feb. 6th, 2006, 12:31 am
R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Supposedly this posting got yanked from Craigslist:

“Our multi-million dollar, privately held media company is currently seeking a female video game player (knowledge of Xbox, Nintendo, and Play Station platforms preferred) to be an on-demand video game opponent several days a week at our office. One of the managing partner’s creative process is triggered through intensive video-game playing, and it is critical that he have an on-demand opponent to stimulate this process continuously. Females only, and please be confident that this will be an appropriate workplace, and you will be treated with the upmost respect. Bilingual French, Japanese, or Italian opponents are a plus. Knowledge of Sports Games preferred.”

Okay, okay, being a game-playing pro sounds like fun. But is the job nuts or is it, well, totally nuts?

They seem to be saying that this managing partner’s “creative process” is so fucking important that he needs people on staff to service - I mean serve - him just so he can work competently. Making a female gamer the adjunct to a man’s creative process seems incredibly insulting to me, no matter how often they say that she’d be treated with respect. After all, he’s the talent. She’s just staff. If he really expects this kind of treatment, he’d better be curing cancer or something - because otherwise this just seems insulting, self-indulgent and ridiculous.

On the bright side, I just bought a sparkly rhinestone bracelet that says “GAMER” on it. It should arrive in the mail any day now. Squee!