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In tolerating threats against women, gaming industry fails

The vicious threats against women in the computer gaming industry appear to be tolerated specifically because they are in the gaming industry (“PAX East needs to stand up for women in gaming,” Editorial, March 5).

I cannot imagine any other major convention that would so blithely tolerate organized threats against a member of its industry.

Imagine what would happen if the Detroit auto show ignored threats against a woman-owned company. Imagine if the threats were so persistent and serious that the woman removed her company from this major trade show, thus hurting her ability to compete with other companies in the field. The public would demand fairness, and protection for the woman and her company.

It’s time for the industry, and the law, to step in. Extra security should be offered for free to any person being threatened. Public announcements should be made by event organizers regarding behavior at the conventions, and enforcement should be both visible and swift.


Finally, the makers of these threats should be tracked down and arrested. They hide behind a cloak of online anonymity, but this is the computer industry we’re talking about. If anyone can find these guys, it’s the other geeks.

If law enforcement worked with computer professionals, these perpetrators could be brought to justice, just as with any other cybercrime.

Abby Hafer