Today on Digg.com, there was an article from a female gamer talking about how hard she found it to fit into the gaming community.
I understand that a lot of female gamers either get harassed by male gamers while playing video games or while they're posting on gaming forums, but ladies you have to step back for a moment and understand that these are men and they are just behaving this way, because they do.
Sure, generally guys don't ask to see your boobs or call you a whore and tell you to get back to the kitchen at the office or on the street, but this is the cyberworld and we are on a different playing field in here.
I play online games and I watch my guy play online games, this is what I understand about guys: when you're talking over a server or writing a comment on a web page, you can say whatever you want, and no one is there to pound you into dust for saying it. You are safe behind your little computer screen and hence people tend to say what they really want to.
So whether they are bagging on their team for losing and calling them a bunch of fags or bagging on you and telling you that girl gamers suck, its just how they play. Don't take what they say personally, because they are just saying the first obvious thing they can bag on you about like sexuality or gender.
Same with web sites, I've been called horrible names by people reading my articles, but I've also seen guy's get the same treatment on their articles too. Readers tend to get pick the easiest thing about a person to pick on and with women, its our gender.
All I'm trying to say is that not all guys will treat you badly in the gaming community, but the ones that do will treat you the same in a chat room, web site or forum for any other topic, and not just video games.
Its not about the fact you're a girl gamer, its the fact they can say whatever they want to people without a huge repercussions. Basically you disappear when they turn off the game console or computer, unlike a guy or girl in the real world standing in front of them.
Basically stop worrying about all these idiots and just game. I've heard my guy get rude comments from people online and he just tosses them back at them. Do the same.
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