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Tell The Oatmeal What It’s Really Like to Game as a Woman
Edit: Since this post was made, creator of The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman, made a much better apology post and actually donated to the Women Against Abuse organization. It pains me to make this post, because I've been reading The Oatmeal for a long time and have generally found it humorous. However, today he posted a pretty ridiculous comic making the claim that terrible female gamers get away with much more than male gamers. [caption id="attachment_8272" align="aligncenter" width="491" caption="A cartoon of a female gamer playing a shooter. She says "Oops! I accidentally called an airstrike on our team for the fourth time in a row! tee-hee!". Her teammates say things like "As a gamer, you inspire me." and "Aww, that's okay. I love Napalm!""][/caption] Hey, Oatmeal: You know what actually sucks about being a woman who games? Being harassed because of my gender. People not taking me seriously because as a woman, I can't possibly be good at games. Not being able to stream live videos of my gaming because people will make sexist comments about me instead of talking about the game. Having people assume that I beg for everything in games instead of earning it myself. Reading incredibly sexist chat constantly. Not being able to talk on voice chat without the conversation being all about me. When I make a mistake in games, it's because I'm a woman trying to play games. When you make a mistake, you just suck at the game and made a mistake. Try that on for size. Come back to me when you have these problems, because right now I have a really hard time feeling sorry for you. The Border House, feel free to tell @Oatmeal on Twitter how you feel about this cartoon, and that his apology didn't really solve the fundamental issues with his comic.