The linked article was (thankfully) not a feminist rant (yawn), but rather it was honest and points out all the positive experiences we female gamers have in contrast with the old horror stories of a decade or so ago.
I am decidedly anti-feminist, and I feel embarrassed by strong feminist rants that are a slap in the face to the greater majority of nice chaps out there.
And yes, I wholeheartedly agree with the author: there are many more gentlemanly male gamers out there than there are jerkwads.
Nevertheless, I would like to relate my most awkward moment on voice chat. It was Guild Wars PvP, Hall of Heroes, and I was pugging as a healer on a bonus-fame-points weekend.
Yes, pugging HoH took mustering up every ounce of bravery in my soul. I got into a couple of good groups, but I got in a lot more awful groups. Losing repetitively is not conducive to happy teammates that stick together, but that's just how HoH bonus weekends go - cycling through one group after another - everyone searching for the "perfect" group and never finding nirvana.
The worst reaction: I logged into the given Vent, and upon saying "Hello" I was greeted by sudden silence followed by giggling and then "Wow! You're a girl??! Girls don't PvP!" They sounded like young teenagers. Yes, awkward. But the moment was far more wryly humorous than discriminating.
Fortunately we did ok, and the group stayed together a few rounds. Also fortunately, we split ways after a few rounds. I was relieved. Being the center of awestruck attention was really weird.
I did get on voice chat with a few other teams, and none of them even batted an eye, but then again, they all sounded older. It's a maturity thing, really.
And so giggling boys was the worst reaction I've ever had on voice chat. Not so bad, eh?
Moral of the story: If you're a girl, don't be afraid to log on to voice chat. If you're a guy, thanks for being cool with us gamer girls.