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4-03-2012 @ 5:22PM
I disgree completely with this article not because of what it says, but how it says it. Firstly, as others here have commented, I roll all female toons (honestly never thought about why...just something I've done since before MMOs existed...RPed females in MUDs) and in the decades I've been gaming I've had maybe 3 or 4 sexist comments come my way. Everyone on the "ZOMG SEXISM EVERYWHERE" bandwagon then rushes in to say that anecdotal evidence means nothing. Experiences differ. True enough. But then why is the entire article based on anecdotal evidence acceptable. You can't just blithely dismiss someone else's anecdotal evidence if that is all you have to go on yourself. Show me a reputable survey with a large enough sample size to be statistically significant saying that sexist is prelevant in the game and I'll change my tune.Secondly, you act like there's no equivalent "creepy" quest/NPC text/dialogue that is directed at male players. Have you not interacted with some of the Goblin female NPCs? Did you never talk to that Orc female that was going to take you whether you wanted her to or not? Lastly, are you trying to tell me that women can't be sexist? Completely anecdotal evidence I know (as I addressed earlier), but I've actually experienced more female PC sexism in game than male. About a dozen variations of being told men always think with the wrong head, jokes about being "Bobbitted" back in the day (seriously...how did that ever become something socially acceptable...how would a woman react to hearing a joke where the punchline was getting her genitals cut off), and receiving a lecture from a raid full of women in a supposedly "family friendly" guild run that men can never be as good parents is women (this one hurt the most considering I was a single parent raising my daughter alone at the time).
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