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  • GamesIndustry.biz - What a woman games journalist experiences in a week.
    "Please take a moment to think about the facts -- with 73% of women journalists receiving online harassment, this needs to be at the forefront of discussion more often. While some may not agree with what a journalist has to say, we are humans trying to do our jobs. The world is a frustrating place and it's easy to shoot the messenger, but before tearing someone down, insulting their appearance, or threatening them with terrifying violence simply because they dared to type words on a page, think about the fact this is a real person you are alienating. An article of this nature will no longer need to be written if we take a moment to talk about our opinions without responding with direct attacks. Is wanting to be treated fairly too much to ask?"
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VaranDragon wrote on Feb 19, 2021, 02:24:
If a guy had posted that same twitter post, except he said Women: I don't want to play as a Man, Himself: Deal With it! He would have been torn to pieces, his body parts spread to the edges of the 7 kingdoms and his phallus would have been impaled in the square for all the world to scorn.

Dude. "What if you swap gender/race/orientation/religion/underwear preference? Such and such would get crucified!" is the like, most basic of basic elementary school levels of insight into these type of situations. You need to go a step further and ask yourself WHY the response would be different, if indeed it would be. There's no rulebook that everyone is following with regards to this sort of stuff, so whatever response your Tweet gets, its really just a factor of how many people it reaches and what percentage of the people it rubs the wrong way.

I'll do the legwork for you on this one. Her tweet is essentially harmless girl power crap, and isn't likely to offend any reasonable minded person. It doesn't stand out from any other boilerplate "girls are great!" type shit. But if we swap it to your example, the connotations are a lot different. Suddenly it sounds more like a creepy MRA guy or incel, because no reasonably minded male is going to say "we need more male protagonists" or "thank goodness we have a lot of good male protagonists these days!". But both are common and innocuous if you are talking about female protagonists.

In short, the reasons the responses differ is not because what was said, but because of who tends to say those things.

Eirikrautha wrote on Feb 19, 2021, 12:26:
"73% of women journalists who responded..."

A self-selection survey. It's like Bad Social Science Studies 101...

Not self-selection, since they didn't just slap up an open survey. The term you're looking for is non-response bias, and it's a factor you have to consider in literally any study that gathers responses from people. There's no way to guarantee it isn't there even in the most well-crafted survey.
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