“Having entered a domain that was once dominated by men, female gamers are being met by abuse.”
Instantly the article starts by segregating women and men. Almost implying that abuse started when women started playing games, and that is exclusive to gaming.
It’s not and has never been.
Abuse online is unfortunately almost as old as Internet itself. I’m not saying it’s right or that’s how it should be, but abuse online knows no gender.
Making this into another gender issue– us against them –women against men, will not ensure equality in our society.
Nor does it help when commentators write: “In reality women should be safe walking around by themselves anywhere at night too…”
Actually, men AND women should be safe walking around by themselves anywhere at night. It shouldn’t turn into a gender issue.
Abuse, assault, violence, etc directed at any person is not acceptable anytime. It shouldn’t matter if you are a man, woman, child, elderly, etc, it needs to be addressed regardless of gender and demographic.
Segregating an issue is counterproductive.
However, I guess that type of writing is far more exciting than writing about non-abuse online. Nothing like a bit of sensationalism to create more revenue with your online ads.