The one thing that really surprised me, even though I know it shouldn’t, was Prof. Taylor’s mentioning of the ‘theories’ why there is a lack of women in the professional e-sports scene. When she mentioned some of these theories she had heard during her fieldwork, it was difficult for me to imagine that her work was conducted just a few years back. Honestly, when people throw around explanations such as “women just don’t play video games,” or “women are inherently weaker players,” it makes me realize just how pervasive discrimination still is today, even after such powerful past civil rights movements. In all, I am sincerely glad I attended her lecture and learned loads from it.
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