I got all upset checking in on twitter last night. I haven't been on it in forever and almost straight away, I happened across a furore over the misogyny of some members of the gaming community. Boy, it made me mad/sad.
Let me tell you straight up: I am not a member of the gaming community. I got addicted to a game brick with Tetris once and my flatmates had to hide the batteries so I didn't fail my exams. See also: the two week Crash Bandicoot episode of 2002 on an old PS1. Other than that, I play solitaire on my phone and boardgames if people don't know me well (people who do know me well refuse to play with me. I understand why.) Net result: hardly qualified to comment on the gaming community. But! I am a human being and I think it is TERRIBLE that someone on twitter could express disappointment about the lack of major female characters in new release games at E3 and receive responses that, by and large, appeared to call her a dumb cunt and suggest that women don't belong in gaming.
SO. Then I read the NZ Herald online this morning and came across this. I think it goes without saying that people who object to homophobic slurs being yelled are allowed to attend rugby matches. Probably can express their views without being subject to what sounds like verbal and physical bullying, even. Hannah, good on you for saying something - I bloody well wish I had when I went to the cricket earlier this year and the guys behind me were being horrible and racist for a laugh.
I was ashamed when watching the All Blacks game on Saturday night over the bad crowd behaviour, just from what I could see on the TV. Why do we think it's acceptable to boo when the other team are kicking a conversion/penalty? I wonder sometimes whether we Kiwis are just bad winners as well as bad losers when it comes to the All Blacks. And other teams?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a bit of banter, but we need to raise our game in that regard and not rely on sexism/homophobia/racism/xenophobia etc for a laugh.
So yes. That's what's winding me up today.