I wrote a blog about this very subject a few months back. Mine wasn't aimed only at female devs, but also female gamers. But understanding that I'm not female and therefore can never understand how they think, I decided that the most logical thing to do was ask as many female gamers as I could what they thought. I wanted to know what they thought about all of the chatter as of late about females in gaming. The most common response? They just wish everybody would shut up about it. They're tired of being singled out, mostly in the form of some male gaming journalists trying to save the women in gaming (which seems to be the only time this comes up).
I love how you get mad about people being dismissive while also dismissing anyone that disagrees with you. You didn't like that guy's comment so you say he's on the verge of trolling. I think he has as valid a point as you do. His might be shorter and more to the point, but that doesn't make it any less valid. More men play video games, it's always been this way. But things change, and so will this. There are more women in game development now than there were 5 years ago. And five years ago there were more than there were five years before that. It's a natural evolution; as more women get into making games they'll create more and more experiences that appeal to women, thus bringing more women into the field.
The reason that #1ReasonWhy was almost immediately countered with #1ReasonToBe, by a woman no less, is because she didn't want women being discouraged by individual stories. Just because something bad happened to one person doesn't mean the same will happen to another. The problem is all these men in the gaming industry trying to save people who don't need saving. Stop grouping all these women together as if they're a collective consciousness, they're individuals with varying opinions and experiences.
And try not to be so dismissive, this very subject has turned many in the community over at 1up.com against the staff for the very same reasons; they write these pieces attacking the opinions of their own community members with a completely dismissive and demeaning attitude. That's a good way to lose customers.
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