So I see this report on the BBC
and I don’t know what to make of it. I guess it leaves me apathetically angry - for many different reasons.
Abuse against women and girls is obviously a serious issue and no one has to tolerate threats of rape. But the people doing this are the same people who threaten to kill me for “cheating” (lol), who wanted to rape multiple people’s mothers, who wished we had cancer, or AIDs, or both.
To some degree, you have to ignore it. Accept that there are not very nice people in the world.
We’ve had to tolerate nasty people who are beyond repute for decades. But now because it is aimed at women, it’s a problem? It’s a serious issue that MPs have to lobbied about?
Yet, in the shift of change that occurred in the late 2000s where gaming changed from a geeky niche past time to a mainstream platform, the powers that be in the market (publishers, advertisers etc) were quite happy to entertain the misogynistic, disrespectful and borderline illegal activities of the likes of KSI. It was all a bit of fun.
So I’m angry that there is a carpet of blame covering all men in a presumption that we sit playing games with our dick in our hands the second a women joins a server. I’m angry that it is presumed that the majority are trolls and toxic.
I’m also angry on the other side that publishers have allowed things to get like this. Angry that they promoted it. Angry as well that girl/women are crying wolf at unwanted comments when some (not all granted) have exploited their sexuality to gain popularity on platforms like Twitch.
I’m also angry that time and time again that no full investigation is done to highlight the age, location and occurrence of toxic incidents (Both in online gaming and social media - including Racist incidents). Because I strongly believe that the perpetrators are probably younger than you’d expect, and they’d be from countries all around the world where Policing of similar incidents are more slack.
I’m ‘apathetically’ angry because nothing will change. Not until proper questions are asked and data evaluated. Instead, it’ll just be another hashtag that some creates to raise awareness and achieves absolutely nothing.
Tech companies and Social Media could fix toxicity with filtering in a heartbeat. But they won’t.
Just my 2 cents.