When UC Irvine student Jenny Song first started gaming around age 10, her older brother advised her on an important rule to follow — don’t tell anyone online you’re a girl.
She said she didn’t understand at the time, but later encounters with male players telling her she shouldn’t compete in the games when her gender was known led her to realize why.
The comments she faced have involved male gamers reprimanding her to do something else instead of playing with them. Other female gaming-enthusiasts have heard harsher jabs like, “Go back to the kitchen” and “We’re going to lose. We have a girl on our team.”
“I felt I had something to prove,” Song said when reacting to...