Women believe there are barriers in place that prevent them from getting into esports and the tech industry as a whole. While this may be the case in some instances, attacking other women who have made it into the scene simply because they do not conform to radical beliefs and adhere to group identity politics is not helping anyone. Unfortunately, this happened to a prominent female Overwatch caster on International Women’s Day.
You may not be familiar with the name but Soe Gschwind-Penski (going by the name “Soembie”) is a caster for Blizzard’s popular competitive team-based shooter. She spoke out for support on the celebrated day and followed up with a tweet to thank men for treating her as an equal. She’s not particularly special, nor is she worse than anyone else. Gschwind-Penski is good at the job and gets recognized for exactly that, which is how it should be across the board. Ignore race and gender.
Ive gotten death threats and hundreds of hate messages the past 20 minutes because I thanked men for treating me as their equal, on a day which is all about womens struggle for equality. Hate, because I am grateful for the men in our lives who fight alongside us for our rights…
— Soe Gschwind-Penski (@Soembie) March 8, 2018
This is horrendous and is a tactic what far-left activists complain the right side of politics use all the time. In essence, both sides of the fence are as bad as one another, who woulda thought? It’s an interesting observation for us simply because while we feel that more women should be in esports, it has to do with skill and capability. No one should be hired because of gender or race. It’s all about who would be ideal for the position.
Soe Gschwind-Penski is a capable caster and just so happens to be a woman. That should make her a role model for anyone looking to do the same, but for her to be under attack by those who may also complain about the lack of female representation in the scene is a strange move, to say the least. The same goes for Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere who has made a stellar career out of League of Legends.
These women should be celebrated as evidence that women can make it far in esports, not slammed for their point of view. Disagree with them for wanting actual equality if you wish but to send out death threats and the like is just plain wrong.
Lady you have some internal misogyny to deal with.
— Uroosa Jawed (@Uroosa) March 8, 2018
The cult mentality is real, folks.