There seems to be a trend of confronting misogyny going on. There’s been lots of discussion among atheists after the whole ElevatorGate blowup and now I’m seeing it crop up repeatedly in video gaming circles. This is a very good thing which I hope will improve the environment for everyone.
I am often amazed at the amount of hate in general, and for women and other minorities in particular, that takes place in online discussions and in-game voice chats. At times it almost seems like there’s a contest to see who can be the biggest asshole possible and the quickest route is to start spewing racist, homophobic, and/or misogynistic bullshit. I try to make a point of speaking up when I hear it in-game, but it’s a large part of the reason I don’t participate in online forums much. #seb
I have a friend, whose name is Mark Sorrell, who yesterday posted this column. It’s probably worth going and reading that first, or none of the rest of this will make sense.
That column triggered a bunch of discussion, part of which was a reddit thread, and part of that thread was this comment from a reader called LadyKeen:
“It shouldn’t have to come to this. It isn’t about just accepting the fact that you will be harassed, but being a legitimate prescence in the gaming world. Women in the g…