Leigh Alexander at Sexy VideoGameLand is someone I admire. She's also someone who's much more likely to be informed about what it's like being a woman in the modern gaming world. So when she writes about how irrelevant gender is to her gaming experience I think, "fair enough" and "good for you". After all, a real life friend echoes those exact sentiments.
This morning my TV, in its role as my alarm clock, roused me to the news that Republican Candidate Sarah Palin has single handedly caused a 20% swing against Barack Obama by virtue of nothing more than her gender and her appeal to white women. That's the crux of what they said, pretty much as they said it too. Gender shapes nations, why wouldn't it shape games?