My biggest personal problem with everything that’s come out of gamergate is the fact that suddenly it’s a bad thing to be a gamer. I keep seeing posts like “if you introduce yourself to me as a gamer I will sanitize the hand you just shook” and “if you’re a gamer you’re dead to me.”
Excuse me? I’m a gamer. I consume video games as my primary form of entertainment, there’s not exactly another term for it. Furthermore, I have spent the better part of my 24 years on this planet struggling to be accepted as a gamer, simply because of my gender. Now, something that I have embraced as a positive aspect of my personality (when others have seen it as negative because it’s “unfeminine,”) has been labelled negative by my primary online community and many of my friends.
"But River!" you cry, "You’re a woman, we’re not talking about you! We’re talking about those asshat neckbeards from reddit and 8chan!" I DON’T CARE. I don’t care. Whatever the original intent was behind it, feminist gamers like myself, who have been working for years to break down the stereotype of the "fake geek girl" and promoting games that positively portray women, have gotten caught in the crossfire. Kindly stop that shit.