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10-17-2013 @ 7:55AM
I am honestly offended by this article.As a male who plays female characters as well, I feel demeaned by the insinuation that because I find female characters to be more aesthetically pleasing (from behind) than males, I am some kind of teenaged troll.I agree that there is an issue with not enough sexy under-clothed male armor sets, but I don't believe this is because "Blizzard is OK with gender inequality," as the writer asserts, but that this is more an issue that the artists don't find it easy to make something that is sexy, male, and that they are proud to produce. I'm sure many people will agree that, regardless of sexual orientation, there is clothing that is sexy on women and creepy on men (but less that is sexy on men and creepy on women). What about the Corsair's Overshirt? Yes, it's revealing on women, but it's revealing (and sexy) on men as well! And the Tuxedo Jacket? The problem is not that Blizzard is not including sexy male clothing, the problem is that society does not find skimpily dressed males attractive. Don't leave this at some poor artist's door, or malign the corporation.On that note, the fact that Ji Firepaw has a personality does not mean that Blizzard as a corporation, or even the writer who gave him that dialogue, is misogynistic. I think his cheeky, flirtatious attitude makes him seem easy-going and suave, but a bit hot-headed. I do not find his comment creepy. True, he's not trying desperately to conform to the (new) societal norm of sterility and asexuality, but that doesn't mean Blizzard (or the writer) is being unfair or misogynistic. That means he's a character. And honestly he's an archetype that I find attractive.Finally, I am disappointed that one of the writers for this site would write such a divisive, inflammatory article without delicately handling it in a way to keep everyone's (read:my) feelings from getting hurt (like the Drama Mamas do in cases of LGBTQ articles, for example). I honestly feel as though this article was written for the sole purpose of trying to make me (and others like me) feel bad about ourselves for being males on WoW, and the fact that it was written by a man does not make me feel better about it. (On a side note, why does everyone assume that "gender inequality = misogyny" and "gender equality = fairness"? If any character hits on a male or female character, it's always objectifying women? Why does the vocal minority hate sexuality like this?)Please be more careful in the future about what you write and how it might make people feel. Just because you see something as hurtful does not mean everyone else will and vice-versa.
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