On 2002-03-12 23:41, Tesserae wrote:
Speed, I <i>do</i> choose my friends from a different pool.
0oALio0, are you suggesting that deprecation must necessarily be part of gaming, and that it's merely a choice of whom to deprecate? I would certainly hope that's not the case.
Nelliesboo, good for your sister! But it's not a question of whether or not gaming is open to females as well as males; rather, my objection is to the misogyny which is rampant during these contests. Would it be acceptable to replace "Suck it down, bitch!" with "Suck it down, kike!"? Or perhaps "I 0wn j00, bitch!" with "I 0wn j00, nigger!"? I seriously doubt it.
I don't think that qualifies as mysogyny. Poor choice of words perhaps, but the intent is not ment to berate women at the LAN parties I attend. I have heard/used "bitch", "skank", "mutt", "puppy", "lamer", "llama", "loser", "punk", "fag", etc... all used interchangeably. Most men I know have nothing against women per se
, but still would ratehr be men than women, if given the choice; although that's a whole nother discussion right there... The point is, its just choosing something that the person being teased does not wish to be called, and using that to taunt them. For example, I have very little skin pigmentation, so i get called "whitey" or "albino". Why? Because it gets under my skin, breaks my concentration, and makes it easier for my opponnets to school me. But I can target them right back with insults that are germane to them in particular, or any of the generic ones I mentioned earlier. And I have used "kike" and "nigger" in these situations in case you are wondering. We have both individuals of Jewish-American (technically I am) and African-American (although I dont like those terms, I am an Unhypehenated-American as far as I am concerned). And I have been called a "nigger" as well. Does this make us immature? Maybe. Is anyone truly offended? Not that I have seen; because its all supposed to be in fun. If any of my friends were truly insulted/outraged by something I said, I have little doubt that they would let me know; we're a rather blunt/confontation bunch. So far, no brawls or verbal barrages have errupted at any LAN that I have attended.
For better or worse, taunting is part of the LAN gaming environment; it's somewhat offensive because its supposed to be. The same things oocrur in competetive physical sports as well, it seems to be the nature of any form of competition.
A woman gaming in this environment (and we have had it happen) would not be treated any better or worse. I have been told to "suck it, bitch!" by a women in a LAN environment, after she had just fragged me. I don't think she was offended, and neither was I.
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