Bullying And Gender Politics Of The Internet

This had always been a dicey issue, specifically for the online environments of gaming, but this can also include the internet in general. It’s because of its anonymous nature, it’s as simple as that, people/little boys with pre-historic opinions can spout what they want without fear of reprisals because there hidden behind that shield of anonymity. Now this can be applied to anything on the internet not just gender politics, but that is what im going to concentrate on today.

I had always meant to write about this, because it’s an issue quite close to my heart. Because the amount of times ive seen my friends while we’re online playing together on Xbox live or wherever getting abused by idiots is insane. So much so in fact that some have considering shutting shop on their accounts and not playing games anymore etc. So, when you see that kind of stuff happening it gets really upsetting, because if your being bullied and made to feel bad about playing/doing a hobby that you enjoy immensely, just because of someones gender so much that you don’t want to do it anymore should get anyones blood boiling.

Why does it happen? Well, again that veil of anonymity so you can technically say what you want without reprisals. Allows anyone if they have that sexist/misogynist viewpoint a place to spout off, it’s that safety veil that allows them to do it whereas in person if anyone uttered any inane drivel ive heard my friends take like “can I see you tits” or “get back in the kitchen” would get immediately slapped down in public. It seems social practices and progress goes right out of the window for some when logging on to the internet or an online gaming service. There is one type of defence I hear every so often from people who try to justify it, oh can’t you take a joke? or you should take it as a compliment. I’ve had this before when i was a victim of bullying when I was younger, I didn’t buy it than and I don’t now.

If someone gets upset at something you’ve said or done then its up to you to make it right, not to say “It’s not my fault you can’t take a joke” which is the defence of a 5-year-old.

Perhaps they feel threatened? As gaming used to be such a boys club. It kind of still is, but nowhere near as bad as it used to be. However the faster we all get integrated as a community to see us all as gamers/Human Beings rather than our individual genders or where we’re from etc (Racism still alive and well on Xbox live also!) the better we will all be for it.

Anyhoo that’s my rant for now, not sure it makes a whole lot of sense due to blinding headache but it was something I needed to get off my chest 🙂

Thanks for reading

Dave

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