I understand if you’ve never heard of artist Elizabeth Simins. The Internet is a big place, with an overwhelming amount of fantastic (and less than fantastic) original content. But you would be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t read Simins’ autobiographical comic detailing how she fell in love with gaming, and the trials associated with being a female gamer. (Should that link not work for you, try each individual part) It got me thinking about how I subconsciously view women in this industry, even though I like to believe I’ve done my best to treat each writer and/or player equally.
Guys can just play videogames, and nobody really thinks anything about it. Women objectively have it much worse in that department. Even if you haven’t directly contributed to the absurd level of rhetoric being thrown at female gamers daily, there’s a chance you’ve been unintentionally complicit at some point. Please, next time you see a woman being harassed by some idiot for her choice of hobby, speak up. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to buy my girlfriend some goddamn videogames for our anniversary. Because gender shouldn’t matter.
One last thing: if I see one sexist comment from any of you, I’ll IP ban you so fast your head will spin off your neck. Keep it classy.