Not even going to hide it, this is a stream of consciousness rant regarding discrimination in the gaming industry.
Hey viewers, this is going to be a very stream of consciousness podcast. A group on Face book recently had an altercation regarding the topic of women in the board gaming hobby.
Now I'm sure most of you are well aware that I fully support a fully inclusive gaming culture. I don't care who you are, what you are. Your race, religion, sexuality, gender or gender identification, creed, political affiliation, or whatever other factor could be used to motivate discrimination doesn't matter to me. To paraphrase the Haggadah : "let all who are bored come game".
I don't understand the need to label women "fake gamer girls" or whatever the current term is. It doesn't make any sense. As geeks and nerds ourselves, we know what it is to have been shunned, made fun of, or otherwise disrespected for our fandoms. I know things have gotten better, at least in slight, with being a geek now being in vogue, but back in my early years, being into role-playing games, computers, or electronics generally earned you a wedgie. Why would we want to do this horribleness not only to another person, but to our own subculture? Why would we want to turn away people with the same likes and interests as ourselves just because they are interested in the same sex, don't feel right in their own skins, or have a different outlet for self-expression?
To further broach the subject, why would a store encourage such behavior? Owning and operating a brick-and-mortar game store is tough enough, but to further limit your potential customer base, just because of the gender of potential clientele is utterly baffling to me! If I were operating a store with such a niche market, I would want to encourage all who come to stay, play, and hopefully spend some money. My only turn-away policy would be for potential customers being disruptive to the rest of my clientele.
I find it sad, that in the year two thousand seventeen, we are still having this problem, this fight, and still having to discuss it.
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