Tropes and WomenPosted
After canceling our Omaha trip because of health issues, my voice barely back from being sick and lots to talk about, I find that there is only one topic I want to share because it has really made an impression.
While doing research about Kickstarter this past summer, I found myself wandering around the site to see what was happening and who was doing what. That’s when I came across “Tropes Vs. Women”. Anita was recently successful in raising money to continue her YouTube series about women and gaming. I unfortunately found her page a couple days too late to contribute, but I love what she was doing.
So, why bring this up? A few days ago I found out that not only did she successfully launch her second series, it also started a phase of harassment that seems to still be going. Wargames have obviously been a place for men over many years, going into centuries. When TSR launched D&D they got complaints from some gamers that they had opened the door to women. So this is not only a problem with culture, it feels like a problem that was ingrained into RPGs long before any of us were even alive.
I half get it. Gaming communities, especially in the early 70s were like an Elks club or VFW hall. Men and women both need places to be themselves. But I am amazed that as the gamer culture has evolved, we haven’t grown out of this, it’s only become worse. For a community that started with simple games around a table based on personal interaction and inclusiveness for many people who were never included into mainstream, it’s hard to see this and think it comes from those same roots. I look at this and I realize it’s no wonder we have a hard time finding women who know the history of D&D, or that only 15% of the people to like our page are women, or that most people think that geeks are mostly men and all virgins.
I guess penny arcade’s Internet f*#kwad theory sums it up.
This is not to say that I was blind to this problem, but I find it surprising. I fact that Anita raised 2648% of her initial goal makes me feel like most people agree with me. What do you think? Any women readers out there have these experiences? Any men been witness? I’m curious.