Toxicity is a huge problem in the gaming world, and itâ€™s even more prevalent towards women. Sweet Anita, a popular Twitch streamer, has chimed in on the issue. As someone who has overcome adversity and hardship to get to where she is, Anita is the perfect person to make a statement.
Nobody knows her real name, but we do know that sheâ€™s no ordinary woman. Anita suffers from Touretteâ€™s syndrome, a condition that compels her to make involuntary sounds and movements. But that hasnâ€™t stopped her from becoming a successful variety streamer, and now she has a little under a million followers on her Twitch channel.
Anita featured as a guest on the latest episode of HealthyGamer.GG, a Twitch channel created by Dr Alok Kanojia, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who discusses mental health. She appeared alongside other popular streamers including Devin Nash, Felix â€œxQcâ€ Lengyel, Lily â€œLilyPichuâ€ Ki, and Steven â€œDestinyâ€ Kenneth Bonnell II.
The group talked about positivity, toxicity, and what we can all do to make the gaming community a better place for everyone. At one point, Anita shared her thoughts on the toxicity sheâ€™s experienced as a woman in the gaming world.
She describes an experience where a man was harassing her and being particularly rude while four others stood by and let it happened. She said they were â€œstill cooperating with himâ€ and â€œignoring the fact that itâ€™s happeningâ€, which she believes â€œvalidates his behaviour.â€ More importantly, it made her feel like they didnâ€™t have a problem with what he was doing, and thatâ€™s not okay.
â€œThe bystanders kind of set the standard in this situation,â€ she added. â€œAnd I kind of think, like, a huge step forward there is getting dudes proud of actually standing up and going, you know what, this isnâ€™t the f**king 1960â€™s, dude. You have to be a grown-up now. Like, weâ€™re not all gamer kids anymore.â€
(Picture: Sweet Anita)
Anitaâ€™s point is one that everyone can sympathize with. After all, sheâ€™s been subject to all kinds of harassment throughout the years, even to the point where she feared for her life due to an in-real-life stalker. Itâ€™s gut-wrenching to try and imagine what sheâ€™s been through, and itâ€™s taken a toll on her.
Hey everyone, I'm not streaming tonight. I really need a day off, Between the stalker, dissolved managment company, A loved one passing, and my health really taking a dive lately, I think I need a set to gather myself. See you Saturday.â€” Sweet Anita (@Tweet4nita) August 13, 2020
However, that hasnâ€™t stopped her from speaking up on these issues, and that means people have all the more reason to listen. Like a diamond in the rough, she is cementing her place as an inspirational and influential icon that all gamers can all look up to.