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Profanity filters, homophobic slurs, and Blizzard's shaky relationship with the LGBT community {WoW}

Jan 25th 2012 4:04PM @ Ayane

What Smashbolt said. Truly, the LGBT world isn't free of prejudice, and I've been on the receiving end of it as one of those bisexuals who doesn't exist. A lot of people in the LGBT community, if they don't deny the existence of bisexuals outright, only 'accept' that sexuality if the person in question is in a homosexual relationship.

Vast swaths of the LGBT community aren't comfortable with sexual and gender fluidity. Vast swaths of the LGBT community will say the exact same smack-talk about straight people that we see ostensibly straight people saying in your everyday Trade Chat. It's part of the reason that I steadfastly refuse to go to one of the megaguilds on Proudmoore: their language is just as terrible, only directed at the "dirty heteros".

To say nothing of the things Smashbolt already described - an LGBT person can feel ostracized in the community if they're not the "right kind" of LGBT. The community has its own social mores, and if you're outside of them, you're still subject to the same sort of speech.

From the outside looking in, we're probably a wonderful, cohesive community, but I want to add another voice that tells you that it's not necessarily the case all around.

Breakfast Topic: What was your turning point in WoW? {WoW}

Nov 27th 2011 3:34PM Deciding to go for Starcaller when we were all still level 80. I had a lot of convincing to do amongst my guildies at the time (it didn't give us gear, so wtf were we doing in there?). We outgeared the place by a tier and a half, but at the time Algalon still required rather precise strategizing and execution.

Took us eight weeks to get him down, but we did, and back then Starcaller was a rare title -- I think that's when I realized that I really, really, really, REALLY like raiding.

Some mild drama later, I'm now RL of a very small, casual guild, and we're actually making some good progress.

Zarhym weighs in on Theramore rumors in Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Oct 24th 2011 10:20PM Theramore can go as long as Jaina gets her hands on Garrosh and murders his ass.

If there is zero repercussion for the Horde, *then* I will cry Horde favouritism.

All the World's a Stage: Plot points for Gnome roleplayers {WoW}

Sep 12th 2011 12:38AM Gnome doctors (mine on The Scryers US) represent. /brofist

Reader UI of the Week: Adding to a UI compilation {WoW}

Sep 7th 2011 2:00PM That's part of ElvUI's data texts. You could probably achieve similar results with TitanPanel/FuBar. I haven't used those in years, though, not since going with Elv.

Shifting Perspectives: On the matter of Moonkin Form {WoW}

Aug 27th 2011 12:41PM I just got Moonkin Form today.

And they will take it FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS.

Consider me a minority; I love being a giant chicken with antlers.

Tyrande Whisperwind leader story up on official site {WoW}

Aug 13th 2011 11:39AM Luotian, props to you.

There's nothing wrong with emotions, so long as they don't get the better of you. I truly don't understand why, for a female character to be considered "strong", they have to be "as a man". To demand otherwise is misogyny, really -- and I am very, very reluctant to throw that word around.

*Why* do we have to only notice a character is female as an afterthought? Can't they be a woman on top of all of the deeds that they do? I find it quite telling when people demand that a strong female character needs to be stripped of her gender and sexuality before we (general we) can take her seriously.

Tyrande's not as bad-ass as she used to be; but it doesn't necessarily detract from her strength that she feels concern for the woman who is effectively her daughter. It doesn't necessarily detract from her strength that she wants input from her husband -- whose request that she remain behind actually gets *shut down* by Tyrande herself.

I still feel as though she's a strong character, but I get the impression that her priorities have changed; more of her concern rests with her family, which is something, again, that a woman should be able to do and not be called weak for doing.

So yeah. Just because a woman has emotions and may sometimes act upon those emotions doesn't make her weak. And we should never, ever have to "forget" that a character is female in order to observe her strength.

WoW Moviewatch: Heroes {WoW}

Aug 11th 2011 6:36PM That was absolutely amazing. I got a little choked up.

Breakfast Topic: What will you do after WoW? {WoW}

Jul 10th 2011 11:14AM This.

I don't game outside of WoW.