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3-30-2008 @ 4:55PM
Effeminate behaviour is not inherently gay. I find the suggestion incorrect and stereotypical by the writers. Some gay men are effeminate, some straight men are also effeminate. Effeminate behaviour is not an indicator of sexual orientation. Putting a man in a dress and lisping words also doesn't make him gay. It makes him a drag queen for sure, but the two aren't mutually exclusive. The words "gay" and "fag" are used as insults, but I get the impression that Amanda and David talk about them more in the context of the words being used against other straights. As though it's worse for a straight player to be called 'gay' or 'fag' than it is for an actual gay player. Cause in the latter's case, it's true. Right? I think the article is well intentioned but lacking a more personal knowledge of the gay community, and the gay player community. I'd be interested to know if they might want to reach out to gay people in the game and get their opinions, or whether or not they've played with gay people at all? One of the bloggers might be gay, but maybe feel that the well-intentioned yet blunt instrument of the Insider team not the best place to speak as a gay man/woman in the game. I don't think it would be a bad idea to find some gay players and talk to them about it; get the gay side of the story. My experience in game as a gay man is probably different from David and Amanda's as a straight player. Perhaps, before writing the article, more research on the topic is needed.
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