Apr 4th 2012 1:43PM I'd propose a counter-argument: Voldemort has phylacteries.
Apr 4th 2012 1:42PM No. Famous line of literature referenced, parodied, and payed homage to throughout history.
Apr 3rd 2012 6:55PM Yep, and some are matriarchies!
Apr 3rd 2012 6:51PM I can't upvote this enough.
Apr 3rd 2012 6:50PM I'm sorry Alex, but the idea that we shouldn't treat people differently because of their gender is, frankly, rather thoughtless. To do so is to refer to everybody by gender-neutral pronouns, to not address the fact that there are REAL PHYSICAL DIFFERENCES between men and women, and those are GOING to affect perception. disregarding a woman's gender as far as job applications or consideration for hiring is a desirable state for a society. Determining that a woman's gender makes her unfit for a function is wrong. Disregarding the fact that a woman who is, at the time, pregnant might be unfit for certain tasks in the name of gender equality is just foolish. Gender exists, sexes exist, and to refuse to recognize them is not helpful in the slightest, and on the same level as keeping your head in the sands.
The fact remains that Ji essentially gave the same compliment to both characters after recognizing that he is male, and they are the sex they appear to be, which adjusted the wording of his compliment accordingly.
Apr 3rd 2012 6:38PM Well then, that makes even more sense! The wandering Isle is an enclosed area that few leave. If you're a young up-and-coming force in the culture of the wandering isle and he's a member of the old guard (whatever that may be in a panda-based culture), he's going to want to be your friend. My previous comment on him pointing out only superficial aspects of the character still stands. What does he know about you? He knows you're a pretty/strong female/male pandaran that feels comfortable walking up and engaging a complete stranger. He knows your PC is outgoing, but that and appearance are all he's got to go on, so its what he talks about. He's not staring off into the distance like a night-elf commander (seriously, count the number of night-elf commanders that stand in buildings looking at nothing in particular, it's a fair number), he's being open and engaging. Again, nothing creepy about that. Remember, YOU, the player, initiated the conversation, not him.
Apr 3rd 2012 5:17PM @ Breska
When did Kia ever claim to be speaking for all women? She made it abundantly clear she's speaking for herself. The fact that it was strongly worded changes nothing, so don't presume that an ad-hominem argument is appropriate here.
Apr 3rd 2012 5:12PM The problem here is that Ji's comments are being presented with little-to-no context. He's acting as Horde lesion for the Pandaren, yes? Then he knows he's just effectively joined a war-effort. What of the pandaran that go with him? They're joining a war-effort, and as new members of this group coming from the same background, of course they'll be seeing each other! He's simply being friendly. What does he know about a female PC wh's just approached him? They're pretty. What does he know about the males? They look strong. He's telling people they'll be friends because he expects them to be, because he's a friendly guy and the pandaren are a friendly race, so it's assumed any pandaran he spends time with will become his friend! Aside from that, all he's got to go on are appearances, and let's face it: Female pandaran are adorable. That's ALL there is to his comments. He's not a creeper, he's a warrior putting on a happy face before joining a war, and he hopes the journey will be lighthearted and easy for everyone.
Apr 3rd 2012 5:03PM I understand how this comment by a character who is an older warrior of a race of good-natured people who are simply made for cuddling could come off as creepy, but to me, it doesn't. It seems, and I think this is how it was intended, to be a comment mae by a friendly, good-natured fellow content with himself and happy to share the love. He isn't presenting an ulterior motive, he's just commenting on a standard physical trait of female empowerment when talking to ladies, and commenting on a standard physical trait of male empowerment when talking to men, and that's it.
Apr 3rd 2012 4:46PM Here's a video from The Escapist's 'Movie' Bob Chapman that I feel will address some of the issues we're seeing here. Is his word final? No. Is it worth listening to? Yes, because he makes valid points that I feel exhibit what this article is trying to say, but in more general terms.
and also this one