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

Jan 26th 2012 7:57PM Yes, rape culture harms men too. But it DOES especially affect women, and it is silly to pretend otherwise. (1 in 33 men vs. 1 in 4 women.) Straight men do not plan their lives around how not to get raped. Most women have been trained to do it since puberty. It's not about whether any one individual is or is not offended by a particular word.

Using the word "rape" casually in a game trivializes the act. But in real life, it has much more cultural significance than any crime like assault or robbery. Rape is used as a tool of oppression by men (as a class) against women (as a class)--and for that matter, against LGBT folks as well. I guess I'm outing myself as a Crazy Feminist Chick (TM), but this is something that really goes beyond what you happen to feel as an individual.

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

Jan 25th 2012 2:39PM @Snuzzle: How can you say that it doesn't create a hostile environment for female gamers? It perpetuates a culture in which this terrible crime is encouraged or at least tolerated. Even if *you personally* aren't bothered by it.

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

Jan 25th 2012 12:44PM @Zyrcona: The vast majority of instances in which people use the word "rape" are not to have any kind of meaningful discussion about the topic, but as a synonym for "defeat." THAT diminishes the issues faced by rape survivors. And if you really need to talk about it (my guild often talks about politics/current events in guild chat), there are other terms you could use.

And yeah, men get raped too, and that's horrible. But AT LEAST 1 in 4 women in the United States have been raped. Think of all the women you know in your life, and SEVERAL of them are almost definitely rape survivors--they just aren't going around telling everybody. I have not been raped, but I have been sexually assaulted, and I get sexually harassed on the street pretty much every day (I live in a large city). When we play WoW, we want to play a game where we can escape from that reality.

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

Jan 25th 2012 9:40AM Obviously, you've never thought about what it might be like to be part of a "victim group." A lot of slurs have a history of very real violence and oppression, and it takes kind of a massive mental effort to ignore. Not the kind of thing that I want to deal with when I'm playing a game for fun, you know? People's right not to feel threatened or offended is more important than your right to use whatever words you want without thinking.

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

Jan 25th 2012 9:16AM On a similar note, I'd love to see the word "rape" censored. It can really take the fun out of an evening when I see that word being tossed around so casually. It's just one more thing that makes many women feel like the gaming world is a hostile place where we don't belong. (For the most part, I just shut up and deal, but honestly, I shouldn't have to.)

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