When I bought Skyrim years ago, I decided to create a new gamertag. The main reason I did that was so I could get away from all of the sexism.
With my old gamertag, I played a wide range of things. GTA: San Andreas, Uno, Oblivion, and a hell of a lot others. It seems like whenever I played a game that had online multiplayer, I’d always get the most fucked up messages. If I dared to play with my headset and people (mostly men) figured out I was a woman, it only got worse. It ranged from guys flirting with me (and not backing off when I said I was engaged), to them outright asking for nude pictures. You can guess what happened when I dared to say no. It eventually got to the point where I just stopped playing games altogether.
When Skyrim came out, I just couldn’t resist anymore and decided to go back to gaming. I did make the conscious decision, however, to make a new gamertag and be hyper-vigilant about who I communicate with. To this day, I still don’t play any online multiplayer. I’ve been a single player only gamer for years now. I really miss playing shooters and other multiplayer games, but I don’t want to risk the ignorance that happens in chat. So, for now, I’m sticking to single player. I play by myself and I don’t have to worry about guys being assholes on XBox live.