Come on fellas, can we sort this out please? I shouldn’t have to write a piece explaining why sexually harassing women while playing online games is bad. Should I?
For some context, I am a man, so I cannot say that I have had a long exposure to sexual harassment from other gamers online. To be truthful, it was never something that I saw personally, so my experience of the issue was very minimal. However, I am now in a position where I play Rocket League frequently with Lucy, my other half, and I can see that there is a unique formula that seems to encourage harassment. What is it you ask?
Female + being good = sexual harassment
Lucy’s online ID contains her name, and from that you can most likely tell that she is a girl. To top it off, Lucy is actually great at Rocket League. Don’t tell her, but she plays miles better than me half the time. But this deadly combination often results in messages from other players calling her their ‘bae’, or asking her what she is wearing, or if she is single… or worse. And it’s getting really predictable. Just after Lucy scored a great goal recently I turned to her and said “I bet you get a message saying, oh Lucy, you’re such a bae” and believe it or not, they did! You can see below.
So guys, this is a problem that we need to band together to fix. Gaming should be a place where everyone can play together without the risk of harassment – sexual or otherwise. We all love the idea of getting a ‘gamer girl’ but do we really want that at the cost of becoming morally questionable? And to all the girls, keep on gaming. Don’t let this minority get you down, because at the end of the day all most of us want is to see your Rocket League skills!