This week’s articles focused on the sexual harassment, threats, and violence of women in the gaming industry. The articles were very insightful because sexual harassment against women is an old and well-known issue; however the emergence of online harassment via the gaming industry is a new and growing problem. Mantilla’s article notes that “too many women are being intimidated into withdrawing from blogging” (569), which speaks to the extent of gendered online harassment. Women are willing to stop performing their hobbies and work simply because of trolls, and this trend is worrisome since women already experience violence on the streets, in the workplace, at home, etc.
Like Alanah Pearce in Jane’s article, Julia Hardy has also experienced online abuse for being female. Here is a link to the article which explains her story: