One of the real issues regarding aggressive hate-filled trolling and how it can be made to reflect on entire communities is simply the numbers involved.
If I showed you a page of hate, taken at face value the response of PZ Myers - "I'm beyond embarassed to be male" may seem reasonable. However, where Myers gets it so spectacularly wrong is to fail to appreciate the numbers involved here.
If you take time to have a look at Anita Sarkeesian's latest video you will see it has now attracted over 500,000 views.
Now let me say, I have a pretty low opinion of humanity. I will lay it out there: my view is that there will always be more than enough rotten apples to jeopardise the rest of the barrel.
Let me suspend that negativity for a second. Let us be spectacularly optimistic and say that only 1 in 10,000 who viewed that video would be motivated to try and respond with something really nasty. Imagine a world where only 1 in 10,000 were motivated to bad things! Let us try -
1 in 10,000 of 500,000 viewers is 50 hate-filled trolls. Imagine, for one moment, what 50 hate-filled trolls each spewing multiple aggressive and abusive comments/tweets (she blocks comments!) looks like for a second. There is your page of hate and much much more besides.
To tar 99.9% of gamers as misogynists (yes, gamers must *hate* women) worthy of nothing but our scorn (the kinds of people PZ Myers is embarassed to share a species with) on the actions of what need amount to nothing more than a tiny fraction is both naive and unwarranted.
I can truly understand the anger the gaming community feel over the way they are being labelled here.