Thanks Mem it was an interesting read.
Games have had a history of treating men and women differently. I do suspect the young lady is correct that it empowered young men partly because they were the ones playing at the time. I do hope she has fun analysing this phenomenon but I really think she already has it solved. Games cater to men because the game maker assumes that is their audience. As game makers wake up and realize that there are:
1: More woman then men
2: They enjoy games too
3: 'Hello Kitty Online' does not count
I suspect games will become more and more welcoming of women. As soon as they figure out that there is money there, they will serve the market because they are greedy
I had a bit of trouble with the author's need to call those he disagreed with 'Taliban' though. Yes the h8ers are pretty thick and nasty there but if he wants to stop 'the bullies' he really needs to drop the **** himself (unless of course he has caught them actually stoning or beheading folks).