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  •  I don't play video games, but I am online (5+ / 0-)

    a lot on blogs like this. What I've noticed from the first day I had internet access at home and could participate in the online community is this: the default mode of online behavior and communication is White Male.

    Even though certainly not all White males are the same, there's a very distinct default mode of interacting and communicating that is fairly universal except on those sites which are smaller and expressly liberal and openly advocate "tolerance".  I suppose this is because when the internet first got going, it was mostly accessible to White males. But on the other hand, the (straight) White male normative default stance is everywhere in our culture.

    In any event, I learned early that if you "expose" yourself as non-White male by what you say or your manner of communicating, you open yourself to pretty severe personal attacks, up to and including online threats and stalking. It severely curtails the kinds of discussions we have with each other because minorities and women are forced into self-censoring and/or finding sites where they are not the minority.

    If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

    by Oaktown Girl on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 03:00:49 PM PDT

    •  this is not our/your space. there is a whole (5+ / 0-)

      issue their with "geek" and nerd culture too which directly overlaps online spaces who was privileged to be there first. we forget that a basic pc back in the day was thousands of dollars.

      race and class directly impact the culture that spawned from that.

    •  Especially if you're good. (0+ / 0-)

      My partner was a fanatical CounterStrike player in her early teens, and a very good sniper, a position that tends to frustrate its victims in any case -- but some of the reactions she got were volcanic. If you think that some male gamers are rude to women in general, you can imagine how they behave after a thirteen-year-old girl has shot them in the head five times in a row, and they still have no idea where she is. Let's just say they weren't very good losers.

      She still plays Team Fortress 2, and has told me that it's a good deal easier now to be known as a woman. She's also met openly gay players who were not being harassed. It depends a great deal on the culture of the server you're playing on, and the attitude of the admins. If they automatically ban people who harass women and call people fags, it stops pretty quickly. Xbox Live is a notorious sewer when it comes to tolerance and maturity, so it may be a bit misleading to draw broad conclusions from experiences there.

      "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

      by sagesource on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 09:29:22 PM PDT

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