Are we seeing the end of harassment soon?
A little post on reddit caught my eye earlier today. The user that goes by the name of nerdyfeminist234234 (the account were made just before the post, so looks like a throwaway account for some reason) tells about a little, but very compelling story from when she played some EVE Online.
I’ve corrected some of the text for easy reading.
So last night I was in a large fleet – over 600 people flying together from many different countries. At one point, a female voice pops up on coms[intercom]. As expected, dozens of people instantly start saying how hot her voice is, show us your tits, the typical internet crap.
But what surprised me was that the fleet commander called them on it. He told them to shut up, and what in the world made them think that was funny or acceptable in the first place. Someone said “relax man we are just having fun.” But again, he called them on it and told them to stop being part of the problem and to stop harassing people. As I listened to this conversation being translated to the various languages as the fleet moved on, it was interesting to hear the silence and then a few mumbled apologies.
Nothing big, I know, but I was proud. Maybe decency and feminism will penetrate even the deepest corners of the internet nerd man cave 🙂
More of this should happen. In the last year or so, there have been countless posts both on big sites such as Kotaku, to smaller, more private blogs about the issue with different angles. As expected, the response to these posts are very mixed, because most people does realise it’s harassment while the jerks who comes with these remarks are in high numbers with big mouths and fast fingers for their keyboards. It does looks like that more people realise it’s an actual problem, and that it can’t be denied or shaken off any longer – and we’re closing in on grading this as we’re grading racism. I look forward to that.