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  Rohn

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2/10/13 1:30:32 PM#21
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Hell hath no fury like an MMORPG player scorned.

  mysticaluna

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2/10/13 6:54:46 PM#22

As someone who has personally been bullied and abused on Everquest I know all about men being mean for no reason, it really makes no sense... 

I suppose in some rare cases they might pick on another man, but it sure is hurtful when you're an emotional young woman and men are being mean to you during your game play for no apparent reason... 

They even go on eq2flames for 3 entire months to insult you without any comment from you, just to continue their pathetic crusade against you, when you never did anything wrong to them.. 

  mysticaluna

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2/10/13 6:56:04 PM#23
Men need to start paying attention to women suffering and stop ignoring us.  Just because you aren't treated this poorly on the Internet most of the time, why do you just turn your backs on us women? [mod edit]
  troublmaker

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2/10/13 9:59:54 PM#24
Originally posted by mysticaluna
Men need to start paying attention to women suffering and stop ignoring us.  Just because you aren't treated this poorly on the Internet most of the time, why do you just turn your backs on us women? [mod edit]

What are you doing in the fight world wide against men treating women like trash.

One of the reasons why women's issues goes the wayside is not because the majority of women are being treated poorly, but quite the opposite, the majority of women are being treated well.  Most women seem to think they're treated poorly since the definition of abuse seemingly expands to almost anything that can happen against a woman.

To thicken this point women represent roughly 55% of the population in my country of Canada.  Yet when election time comes around women only represent 40% of the total vote, of which only 40% of the population of the country vote.  To put that into perspective it means that only 5.4M out of the 16.5M women are actually voting.

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  Azaron_Nightblade

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2/11/13 5:53:51 AM#25

I found the original article rather interesting, and almost commented on it until I got to the end of it and it turned into yet another bashing of pixel supermodels and jiggle physics - at which point I pretty much labeled Lisa as yet another feminist crusader.

This article seems more balanced however, so I'll just state my original comment now: I honestly have never seen the behavior mentioned.

I've seen plenty of stalkers, but never outright hostility and discrimination when they found out someone was female. The worst I've seen is probably "Get in the kitchen and fetch me a beer/sandwhich, woman!" jokes.

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  FARGIN_WAR

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2/11/13 10:25:15 AM#26

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I'm personally for the betterment of all humanity. And I feel that cannot be done by segregating one group and using them as a cause to foment hate against another. That behavior only breeds new monsters for us to have to fight. And from what I've seen, this world already has far more than its fair share of those.

 

So thank you for the belated introduction, and explinations Ms Jonte, but I'm afraid your first column made a rather large and lasting bad impression with me, and this subsequent post did little if anything to alleviate it. And while I'm all for you to have to right to voice your opinions, So far I've personally found little value in listening. So I offer my apologies as I refuse to read anything more you see fit to publish, so long as you continue to do so in such an antagonistic manner.

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  krant

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2/11/13 11:03:45 PM#27
Originally posted by Azaron_Nightblade

I found the original article rather interesting, and almost commented on it until I got to the end of it and it turned into yet another bashing of pixel supermodels and jiggle physics - at which point I pretty much labeled Lisa as yet another feminist crusader.

This article seems more balanced however, so I'll just state my original comment now: I honestly have never seen the behavior mentioned.

I've seen plenty of stalkers, but never outright hostility and discrimination when they found out someone was female. The worst I've seen is probably "Get in the kitchen and fetch me a beer/sandwhich, woman!" jokes.

I keep seeing people labeled as feminists, as if this is some horrible thing to be.  

Feminism is not about taking anything away from men, except maybe thier ability to be jerks and not get called on it.  

The problem is that so many men don't want to think that they're being jerks, so they blame the people that call them on it, and since a lot of guys (no not all guys, just a really loud minority) seem to feel that threats and intimidation are valid forms of communication, a lot of people (men and women) just decide to duck and cover.

Unfortunately the anonymity of the internet makes a lot of people feel safe making threats.  And whether you want to admit it or not sometimes those threats are real and have been carried out.

So if you think that women should be treated as mens equals (which is not the same as giving them special privlieges), congratulations, you're a feminist.

  darkblight

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2/12/13 6:59:46 AM#28

equality only exisits in fair treatment under the law, asides from that no one is equal nor should they be.

 

we have a right to be jerks, you have the right to not associate with us. that is as far as it goes.

  Akais

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2/12/13 9:10:09 PM#29

While I take no issue with your articles at all, I do find your choice of topic interesting for your first 2 articles on this site.

One would posit that since the gaming audience is predominantly male, that your opening salvos definitely couldn't have been better targetted.

Discrimination, in general, is disgsuting... I don't think that this only applies to gender, but to race, size,  and sexual orientation as well. Discrimination in those areas is, easily, just as pervasive as gender discrimination and just as poorly handled in the gaming community.

I completely agree with your initial article's musings on threats and harrassment used based on discrimination.

I completely disagree with you on your comments regarding "jiggle physics and giggle tracks". If a game has them and you find it offensive, don't play the game. Vote with your wallet.

To say that such is "offensive to women" presumes you took a poll.

I'd say you went back on your "Being Honest" commitment with that one, but the comment was made before the commitment.

  Jeeshman

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2/13/13 10:43:03 AM#30
Thanks for the introduction; I look forward to reading your column.  I hope that future columns aren't written with as much anger as the first one.  Even though people should be angry about misogyny in gaming, I find myself put off by columnists who take a very antagonistic attitude, no matter the topic.  I suspect other readers respond the same way. 
  Rohn

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2/15/13 3:41:01 PM#31
Originally posted by krant
Originally posted by Azaron_Nightblade

I found the original article rather interesting, and almost commented on it until I got to the end of it and it turned into yet another bashing of pixel supermodels and jiggle physics - at which point I pretty much labeled Lisa as yet another feminist crusader.

This article seems more balanced however, so I'll just state my original comment now: I honestly have never seen the behavior mentioned.

I've seen plenty of stalkers, but never outright hostility and discrimination when they found out someone was female. The worst I've seen is probably "Get in the kitchen and fetch me a beer/sandwhich, woman!" jokes.

I keep seeing people labeled as feminists, as if this is some horrible thing to be.  

Feminism is not about taking anything away from men, except maybe thier ability to be jerks and not get called on it.  

The problem is that so many men don't want to think that they're being jerks, so they blame the people that call them on it, and since a lot of guys (no not all guys, just a really loud minority) seem to feel that threats and intimidation are valid forms of communication, a lot of people (men and women) just decide to duck and cover.

Unfortunately the anonymity of the internet makes a lot of people feel safe making threats.  And whether you want to admit it or not sometimes those threats are real and have been carried out.

So if you think that women should be treated as mens equals (which is not the same as giving them special privlieges), congratulations, you're a feminist.

 

Someone interested in equality for all, without special privileges, would much more accurately be called an egalitarian.

Case in point: The artilcle isn't concerned with bad behavior in games.  The way it is intentionally framed, it is only concerned about behavior that is offensive to women, and only damns the behavior of men.  In doing so, it reinforces the biased and simplistic notion that women are the only victims that matter, and men are the only offenders requiring censure.

Continual references to violence aside, it's important to remember that the theme of the article is actually one of policing thought and speech.  To that end, the author demands special privileges from society - that one gender be entitled to establish rules of behavior for the other, and that society be enlisted to enforce those unilaterally created, biased, and likely very nebulous rules.  That's neither fair nor equal.

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2/18/13 4:22:08 PM#32
Please keep discussion on the articles and not on attacking the writers by utilizing outside sources. Also, while there are social issues being raised, let's not let this get away from the subjects discussed by the author and into the realm of general politics/ideology discussions.

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  Toxia

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2/18/13 4:39:36 PM#33
So...we cant make threads about religion or politics or other things, but rape and sexism against women is okay. Gotcha.

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  Wraithone

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2/18/13 4:46:00 PM#34
Originally posted by Amana
Please keep discussion on the articles and not on attacking the writers by utilizing outside sources. Also, while there are social issues being raised, let's not let this get away from the subjects discussed by the author and into the realm of general politics/ideology discussions.

As you wish, you are one of the mods, and this is a private forum.   You have the freedom to make such determinations.  But others have the freedom to not contribute their insight, experience and time in this forum as well.

  Amana

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2/18/13 5:40:40 PM#35
There are ways to disagree with opinions presented without attacking their writers personally. That goes for any member of this community.

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  Rohn

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2/20/13 12:08:02 AM#36

"Another might be a variation on the successful, sexual assault awareness campaign run byEdmonton Canada: Don’t Be That Guy.

Why it‘s been successful is because, while women are frequently bombarded with hints, tips and suggestions for ensuring/protecting their own safety, men are rarely made aware of what is acceptable and what crosses the line. Sure, maybe a man can joke about raping another man, and maybe that second man is cool with it, likely never having had to worry about that as a potential reality. However, potential (and actual) rape is the reality for many women every day, so those “jokes” become something far more sinister.

Ultimately, it’s our perspectives that shape our choices and it’s our choices that define us. What are your thoughts?"

Generally speaking, stereotyping is offensive and damaging, no matter the rationale.

First of all, the ad campaign wasn't proven successful, at least not in Edmonton, in that reported rapes went up by about 14% from 2010 to 2011 in that city.  No impartial study has confirmed its effectiveness.  Ostensibly benign and infomative, it also has a more "sinister" side:  it uniformly depicts men - all men, and only men - as potential rapists.

Oddly enough, concurrence for the damaging effects of such a damning portrayal come from this article itself, as the author states, "But I do believe  that what we see affects how we think, and if what we see is predominantly geared toward the tastes of one particular group .... then that is what we will unconsciously start accepting as The Way It Is."

Most people seem to agree that the villification of a group of people - stereotyping, prejudice, profiling - is a bad thing.  Given all of the above, why would overtly targetting only men as sexist or offensive be good in this case?  Isn't that also sexist?

Worldwide, men are victims of violence at a far greater rate than women.  They are also the victims of murder at a much higher rate than women (pages 6 and 7, WHO).  As a result, threats of violence or murder can have a similarly "sinister" aspect for men that is being claimed as the sole province of women by the article, and is therefore just as "real".

Again, it's important to keep in mind that what's actually being talked about here is the control of thought and speech - and not just threats of violence, mind you.  Hurtful comments about appearance, weight, status, sexual advances, etc, are lumped in there.  In that it ascribes such negative behavior only to men, the article claims special, superior status for women, stating they are the only victims that matter or exist, and demanding they are entitled to control the other gender based on one-sided emotional appeals and stereotyping.  There's no question that both sides engage in negative behavior, and both suffer from it, albiet usually in different ways.

People interested in equality and fairness should be concerned for all that suffer, and condemn all that abuse, regardless of gender or self-interest.

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  Scot

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2/25/13 2:30:00 AM#37
Originally posted by Amana
Please keep discussion on the articles and not on attacking the writers by utilizing outside sources. Also, while there are social issues being raised, let's not let this get away from the subjects discussed by the author and into the realm of general politics/ideology discussions.

I have not even commented on this thread, but if you go anywhere and raise a flag of crusading zeal don’t by surprised if posters use “outside sources” or comment on the wider social issues that your column writer is bringing up in relation to gaming.

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