May 20th 2007 9:14PM I also thought the article would be about engineering, and I was colored surprised to learn otherwise.
Regarding the comments on the title, one would think someone who takes offense the term "wife aggro" would generally be a little more conscious of what images/words will portray to everyone else.
And no, my hair is not red.
May 16th 2007 7:42PM As a female gamer, I find no offense to the term "wife aggro". Nor would I find offense to the term "husband aggro", "kid aggro", or "cookie aggro". (I'm actually rather fond of cookie aggro, since it is so rare.)
Then again, I'm not the kind of female who deliberately looks at things from a perspective that presumes that society will support the idea that women are inferior and that the world is biased against them in all ways.
If the intent of the person using the term (AND the majority of the listeners/cohorts) is negative, tell them to take a flying leap and find new people. But seeing as how most people, myself included, see it as an entertaining and SHORT way of stating what's going on, get a grip.
These gamer boys (and men) are not trying to paint you in a negative light. They are not trying to let everyone know that their shrew of a wife is demanding they leave the computer. They are not trying to exercise their superiority over all vagina-owners with a pithy comment.
They're being silly.
Get over yourself and stop giving all female gamers such a stigma to overcome.
Apr 17th 2007 6:29PM I honestly think everyone coming down so hard on Mike is excessive. He screwed up; he apologized; he edited the main article.
But to get upset that he was in Wow_ladies? Does that mean I can't look around there either? I have XX chromosomes, but not a membership. Would it have been better if a female had written the exact same article? Would that have been less offensive?
He stated more than once that he has frequented that particular livejournal community for the intelligent and interesting conversation. If some of the vitriol here is indicative of the tenor there, it seems better avoided than pursued.
And for the record: If someone feels guilty over a greed roll because someone didn't roll (believing someone will "need" it), offer to roll against them and have winner take all.
Then sell it on the auction house, which could easily be seen AS a black market (considering there's no government regulation involved in the sales or pricing...)