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The cyber times, they are changing

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In addition, female gamers must often endure a variety of comments that would, in the real world, be called sexual harassment. On line gaming is a huge cultural phenomena, 99-percent of all males between 8 and 18 years of age have spent at least some time playing games on line and 94-percent of all girls in the same age range have also spent at least some time playing on line games.

Over all, 39-percent of boys report playing on line games daily and 22-percent of all girls report playing on line games daily. The young lady that I spoke with only wants what American women have wanted for ages, a fair shake, decency and equal treatment and opportunity.

Personally, I don’t think that the young woman I spoke with or others like her are going away. America will never go back to the blind, stupid discrimination against women that once existed. To all you “boy gamers,” if I may be so rude to refer to you in this manner, how about moving into the current century.

The gamer that I know frequently defeats her male counter parts. She is a skilled player, there is no shame in these defeats, and her gender is immaterial, just as it is in any other competitive endeavor. Gamers, female and male are here to stay as a fixture in our culture, so come on fellas, put your big boy pants on and show the respect that you would show another player with skills whatever their gender might be.

In addition to enjoying game play with some of the best players around, you will have done a good thing and doing a good thing always feels better to the giver than the receiver.

If you are a gamer and you happen to be female, never give up. In time, you will be respected for your skill, not for your gender.

Remember, all kids count.

Reach the writer at hurlburt@wildblue.net.

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