It goes a bit deeper.
Because of threads like, let's have pirates rape each other (which had the incorrect number of die in a fart tornado posts (zero); it was just "reasonable diagreement" and comments on "squeamishness"), a female backer made a thread soliciting interest for a female only board.
It's as good a compromise as you could ask for, the fedoras could make their threads on space panties
, and wanting sex in a game that should never deviate from being about fucking space exploration and everyone else could just ignore them.
It wouldn't even be an enforced girls only policy. The rule was don't make women feel uncomfortable and let them enjoy a safe space.
But the mods shut down the thread, she got banned and all the men high fived each other until the game's creator came in to deal with things.As awful as I expected gamers to be, the lead developer (Ben) for the game gets it.
He's laid the hammer down, got the thread back up and heavily moderated and got everyone involved in messing with her shit under review.
On the greater subject of women in the Star Citizen universe, the answer is that yes we should go out of our way to create a safe space for them. Women online, and especially women in gaming, have it very, very tough in ways that men absolutely do not understand. This isnít an argument for the community to have, itís a fact.
Maybe I'll still buy this game after all.