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4-04-2012 @ 12:23PM
@clundgren - "To your first point: easy enough. The current tier set for paladins is a full chest plate for male toons and a bikini on females. That "current advancement" enough for ya?"Uh, what? I think we have significantly different concepts of what a "bikini" is. If you want to complain about midriff-showing armor (which is the predominant way in which female gear differs from male now when it differs at all), fine. Personally, I love it, and want them to keep having at least some sets that contain it (female player here, just to mention), but I do understand not everyone wants that. But breaking out the "zomg she's in underwear" argument is frankly ridiculous for the example you're giving. And lest we go into the "but that's all female characters get" argument, that's the only tier set for Paladins this expansion with a showing midriff. Looking through all of the tier sets this expansions on female characters, the midriff-showing ones are way outnumbered by the fully-covering ones, with most classes not even having any. The absolute closest you come to "not having a choice" about midriff-showing sets is with Druids, who have 2/3 tier sets like that, but even there they're little strips along the side rather than an actual showing midriff that is easily made unnoticeable by a shirt underneath.WoW certainly hasn't had anywhere near a perfect track record for female armor, and I agree that it's still not perfect (I'm all for a "revealing mode" toggle for both genders), but they have made significant progress in that regard over the past two expansions. Between the ability to transmog towards really any kind of look you want, and the ability to just put on a shirt to cover what little skin is actually showing on that set (which everyone seems to forget is an option while making these arguments, instead skipping to "I'm forced to wear a tabard"), the offense isn't nearly as great as you're making it out to be.There are issues with sexism in the game. I've witnessed them first hand. I won't even make the claim that the game itself isn't to some degree complicit to that problem (although I wouldn't put the majority of the blame on Blizzard). But this kind of knee-jerk hyperbole hurts the cause to address said sexism more than it helps, because people get tired of hearing that the sky is falling, and wind up shrugging the whole thing off as an overreaction.
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