Keaven's recent blog about GaymerX (http://keaven.com/2013/08/gaymerx-2013/) got me all thoughtful-like.
Now as I write this I want to iterate that I do NOT want to be a "gurl gamer" or make a big deal out of it etc... But the unfortunate truth is that regardless of how you play you will get judged a lot more if you are female, than if you are not.
Point in fact: I played Warhammer Online for 4+ years (as many of you know :P) and prior to my sex becoming common knowledge I was a respected DPS. After it became common knowledge I slowly but surely came to be treated differently and got a lot of pretty barbaric harassment.
It seems to me that bloke gamers (not all, I hasten to add) assume that female gamers fall into two categories - useless and hawt and there for attention, or half-decent and "fugly" and there coz nolife. Actually it may be three if you include "it's a bloke pretending to be a female to get gold n shit", lol.
I've met some very cool people over the years of gaming and honestly most aren't judgemental. However there is SUCH a racist, homophobic, sexist and incredibly vocal minority within the online gaming hobby these days that said majority just keep quiet to avoid becoming the brunt of any harassment. You know what this? Bullying. And if you're the kid who just stands in the background behind the bully and does nothing, then you are part of the problem.
So I'd urge all of you to do your utmost to defend the rights and differences of your online community just as you would "In real life" and do your damnedest to stamp out the puerile idiots who give all of us a bad name.
I'd love to hear your thoughts.