@YOU_DIED: The word has been misappropriated for a long time. It's frequently applied to anyone who says anything negative about women. Remember the Felicia Day / Ryan Perez shitstorm?
Saying similar things about men is totally ignored, perhaps in part because it doesn't have a convenient term for easy vilification. Consider the fallout from Patrick of this very site's disrespectful behavior towards Nolan North, for example - almost nothing happened.
@Oldirtybearon: Certainly. A lot of it is simple trashtalk that strikes the easiest target. Of course, one could argue that gender being a target in the first place is problematic...
That's a good point. These women shouldn't take the blame, or at least not most of it. It's the companies at fault here. Also Mass Effect 3 did quite poorly considering it was the conclusion to a popular series, although I'm sure we can't attribute quite all of that to Chobot's presence.
I don't think very many teenage boys bought Mass Effect 3 because a poorly rendered version of Chobot was included either. I was a teenage boy myself not that along ago, and I can assure you there are plenty of places where you can find images of women a good bit more attractive than her, and keep your $60.