I made the mistake of reading some of the comments below a video on YouTube about sexism in video games last night. Admittedly never a good idea. The video is Do Gamers Need Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminism? from the PBS Game/Show channel which answers that question with a “YES” and also touches on Carolyn Petit’s recent GameSpot review of GTA 5. Predictably many of the 2500+ comments below the video look to have descended into a festering cesspool of misogynist bile. The general sentiment of the detractors in the comment section is exemplified perfectly by the above user.
Sadly this user is not just one bad apple but is symptomatic of a larger pervasive problem online. I have messages exhibiting similar attitudes sent to me daily.