This past week the folks at You Died of Dysentery tackled a rather tough subject: sexism and gaming. That episode spurred from a porch conversation after recording another episode weeks back. We decided we should do an episode on sexism and gaming after that conversation. Everyone had some interesting experiences and viewpoints, but ultimately, with the hosts being only men, we didn’t have the same life experiences as a woman might have. So, we invited a couple of guests to share their life stories.
Both of our female guests are heavily involved in the gaming community in some way. Both regularly frequent local game stores. One of our guests even worked at a video game retailer. Sadly, both had shared stories that I’ve heard echoed routinely on the internet.
It’s one thing to read about issues with sexism and gaming online. It’s another thing to sit in front of a real person, hear those stories, and try to ignore them. The fact is that the gaming community, amongst others, does have a sexism issue.
I don’t think sexism and gaming is a hard problem to solve. We need to accept that women are half of the player base in the video game community. It’s not a men’s club. So, we need to treat everyone inclusively. Let’s follow the golden rule and treat others how you would wish to be treated.
Of course, habits are hard to change. I won’t deny that. One of the easiest ways to change a habit is to recognize the problem. The stories these women shared will help accomplish that goal. When we see and hear them IRL, we can take a quick second to think about that interaction and change it.
I encourage everyone to listen to episode 14 of the You Died of Dysentery gaming podcast. Episode 14 was a great show, and I hope that everyone has a chance to take something away from it.