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If You Have A Son Who Plays Video Games, You Better Make Sure He Doesn’t Do Any Of This

Statistics show that the ratio of male to female gamers is actually pretty evenly split. But despite those trusty ol' facts, anonymous gamers are often assumed to be male. So yeah, video games may be easier to play if you're a dude ... but not because you're better at them.


A wee little note about this comic: Nope, it is not saying that all male gamers are inconsiderate, assuming jerks, with no exceptions. But it is offering a personal perspective for folks to consider. Are you a male gamer? Maybe you're one of the good ones. But this shitty culture of assumed male superiority in gaming is definitely something to keep in mind when you're doin' your thing — and, hopefully, even something to actively work against.

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When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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