At Xbox-hosted events at GDC this past week, we represented Xbox and Microsoft in a way that was not consistent or aligned to our values. It was unequivocally wrong and will not be tolerated. I know we disappointed many people and I’m personally committed to holding ourselves to higher standards. We must ensure that diversity and inclusion are central to our everyday business and core values. We will do better in the future
gripe #1: this is hypocrisy.
A party on the other hand is for dancing and drinking. At the Xbox after party there were tons of people drinking and dancing. Anyone that runs these types of events knows that the best way to get people dancing is to already have people dancing. Otherwise it is like a 6th grade dance with a bunch of people standing around quietly staring at each other. It seems to me that this is not hypocrisy but how you run dance parties and luncheons. If you are going to tell me that they are objectifying women in one instance and promoting them in another well, we will get to that in the sexist portion, so hold on to your panties.
Gripe #2: this is sexist
The purpose of the women at the PARTY is to get people to let loose and dance. In our example of a middle school dance above, you will see that there are only two people dancing. They are female and more than likely not hired by anyone. They are just two girls that want to dance and will most likely encourage the other stiffs to dance. A counter argument could be that there are no dudes st the after party dancing. True, but it is unusual for a company that provides dancers to have male and female dancers. It is not a profession that lots of males get into (maybe we should protest that the erotic dance industry is a sexist girls club because it is dominated by females). Also, it seems as if the complainers are saying that women would not be into female dancers or dancing with other women. Nothing like whispering to the woman next to you about how gross and sexist this is when that half drunk lesbian is having the time of her life staring at these dancers while slamming back some cosmos.
I kind of feel like even if there were male dancers up there, the same people would still be complaining. Maybe it's not the exploitation of women, but the fact that scantily clad dancers offend them. To you, I suggest you keep to parties outside of major cities and especially San Francisco.