Apr 3rd 2012 4:23PM Good article. I play mostly female toons for a similar reason as the author. And yeah, I do have to put up with a fair amount of obnoxiousness from male players and it makes me wonder how much of that obnoxiousness I exuded over the years before I wised up.
My guild has a lot of female players in it and hearing the things they complain about is pretty eye opening. The majority of women play WoW for the same reason the majority of men play WoW to have fun in a fantasy environment where they can feel heroic. If they wanted to hear creepy comments that made them uncomfortable they could save the $15 a month subscription fee and just go anywhere there are guys...
As far as the skimpy armor though a lot of the female players I know have been transmogging their tier stuff to look a bit sexier so I wouldn't do away with it, But I think they wouldn't complain if what appeared to be a chainmail bikini on a female toon looked like a loincloth on a male toon. And if you look at the fantasy art from the 70's like Boris Vallejo and the original Heavy Metal movie that kind of thing wasn't an uncommon concept. But yeah, if it looks like a bikini on a female it shouldn't look like a hazmat suit on a male. I think most female players would appreciate a little more fairness there. At least that's the vibe I get from chatting with my guildies.
Mar 22nd 2012 8:07AM Yeah, not sure I'd do a WoW cruise if it meant I wouldn't be able to play...
Mar 21st 2012 5:19PM As far as thinking that Thrall will step back in charge of the Horde and stop Garrosh... why Thrall? I mean in a way he's left the Horde for the good of Azeroth. He's finally got the start of a family which is all he ever really wanted. Why would he again assume the mantle of leadership of The Horde?
Why not Baine Bloodhoof? Perhaps he could be the one to step in and take the reins of The Horde and purge the demon taint from within the ranks and return the Horde to the shamanistic roots of both his people and the orcs of Draenor? Why does the leader of the Horde have to be an orc after all?
Mar 12th 2012 9:32AM I think this stereotype is largely driven by the traditional roles of women as nurturers and men as protectors. And while you could probably find plenty of examples to support this I think you'll find that it's the personality of the player, and not their gender, that determines what roles they feel comfortable playing and excel at.
Our guild is comprised of all female toons but a mix of male and female players and I would venture to guess probably a higher ratio of female players than most guilds. And I'm not going entirely by people saying they are male or female this is based on Vent, Facebook friending and meeting a number of them in real life over the years.
Looking at our most active players that I've grouped and raided with over the years I don't see any particular pattern to gender determining group roles. Right now we have mostly female healers but they all also have DPS and tank specs/toons they play regularly. We only have a few male players who heal (and I am not one of them, I'm a failhealer). In the past we've had a fair number of male healers but when Cataclysm came out that shifted. Currently our highest DPSer in the guild is a female who plays a ret pally and her off spec is tanking- so much for the females only play ranged DPSers. Our guild is pretty heavy on the altaholics and so many guild members, male and female, have a number of alts of various classes and roles.
This would make for an interesting study though. I'd like to see a breakdown on the numbers of this as far as male and female players- as well as their toon genders, and what roles/classes they play. I suspect you'll find a lot of female toons are healers regardless of the gender of the player which creates an illusion that supports the stereotype.
Dec 31st 2011 2:52PM Oh yeah! Bear!
Dec 28th 2011 8:23PM Turtles all the way down...
Dec 27th 2011 11:52AM This sounds pretty awesome!
Dec 24th 2011 4:34PM Long live the Alliance!!!
Dec 22nd 2011 5:13PM Sweet ride!
Dec 21st 2011 10:22AM Epiiiiiic!