For every awful experience that I read about or have in the gaming ecosystem, at least two or three positive interactions with supporters or fellow females takes place. As negative as the outcry, rape-threats, and general aggression towards females in the industry is, we can at least take some solace in the fact that it is drawing us together more as a community. Every time I share or talk about a story that involves a female in the gaming world and someone new starts a discussion with me about it, I am reminded of one additional friend that I now have in my corner. This does not make up for the fact that women are constantly harassed, threatened and degraded on the internet for doing things that they love. While I haven't been targeted as aggressively as others, my passion translates itself to being outspoken about the things I care about.
Whether you, as a female, have been targeted or not, you should feel strongly enough about the fact that it is wrong, and be able to stand up for yourself and those you see being effected. The more we vocalize about it, the stronger our stance will become. It doesn't matter whether we play Farmville, Wildstar, Tomodachi Life, Sharknado the Game or the occasional round of Candy Crush--we are all female gamers or supporters thereof, and we should take solace and strength in the new found community that we have built with each other. We are woman! Hear us roar! For a larger catalogue of pieces to read regarding this matter, check out the TNI Syllabus for gaming and feminism.