An expanded version of this post has been moved to my website. This is just an early draft — the official version is quite a bit longer, and has pictures.
December 19, 2015
December 13, 2015
A year or two ago there was a lot of discussion about misogyny among video gamers, due to a stink raised over something called “gamergate”. This turned out to be only the most visible of a large number of cases of a certain core part of “gamer culture” being agressively hostile to women — a syndrome that also seems to rub off on some related cultural areas such as comic book fandom. I recently ran into some people discussing this, and one of them mocked these gamers as being afraid to catch cooties. And with a little distance from the original furor, that made me realize something. It’s a bit speculative, but I think it’s something that will eventually need society’s attention.