It’s true that not enough women work in tech related industries, but that is mostly related to an under-representation of women in STEM fields, not directly related to the gaming community.
What strikes me as odd is that the female proportion of programmers in India is generally much higher than in the US, despite the fact that women in India have access to a narrower set of opportunities than women in the States.
Is it because the booming tech industry in India combined with the narrow work opportunities actually force women into this sector while women in the US prefer to pursue other job opportunities while being more free to do so? I’m not sure yet, but sexism is not the only factor at play here.
I agree on the harassment, women tend to get a lot more sexual harassment than male gamers. But I’d say that male gamers receive a lot of harassment for not fitting a predefined masculinity role so it seems like the harassment differs in nature. I’d rather address harassment universally instead of pitting the genders against each other.
What’s important to me is that more and more female gamers are joining the gaming community, which is a good thing and paints a whole different image of the gaming community in general.
In regards to tropes vs. women videos, I’d much rather pursue these kinds of discussions, which are, in my humble opinion, much more fruitful in understanding these differences, without generating unnecessary animosity or falling back to a simplistic “omg misogyny” message. But of course, such level headed discussion would give less opportunity for boosting the personal ego or martyrdom (for lack of a better term).