The stigma of female beauty in male-dominated pursuits
A conversation on twitter inspired this post.
Jessica Chobat was recently featured in a video on voice actors in Mass Effect 3. Some of the twitter conversation began to turn to why Ms. Chobat was in this role, and whether she had earned it, or merely received it as a result of her beauty. This led me to think about whether being attractive tends to trigger negative reactions in male-dominated pursuits, like gaming, or comedy. I honestly don't follow Ms. Chobat's work at all, and hadn't even heard of her before she got the gig on ME3, but I can think of any number of other attractive women who have been stigmatized as 'getting the job because of their looks' - Jade Raymond, Leigh Alexander and Olivia Munn all spring to mind.
Am I imagining the blowback, or is this a legit issue? Is it worse in niche areas like gaming, or do I just notice it more because I spend a lot of time in the gaming world?