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Breakfast Topic: Is WoW inherently sexist?

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We've all heard the arguments. We've seen the plate mail that looks rough and rugged on the human male and then turns into a barely there bikini on the night elf female. We've taken our turns putting bunny ears on all the ladies during Noblegarden. We know the warlock succubus pet and her sexy "come hither" stare. Guys claim to roll female characters simply for the joy of watching them from the backside, while the few who play dwarven women complain about the "bounce mechanics" and think about how uncomfortable that would be in real life. And we just won't even talk about some of the players.

So what's the deal? Is WoW sexist? Is the gaming community itself sexist? Is Blizzard simply conforming to the video game/comic book stereotype of rough-and-tumble men with huge pecs and ab muscles and the super-sexy women who look so top-heavy that they might fall over any minute? (And what the heck is that chain mail bikini actually supposed to be protecting, anyway?) Are you okay with it, or do you feel like something needs to change? Do you think it ever will?

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