Thursday, June 07, 2007

No no drama, you don't want no drama...

An interesting post coming out of Zen of Design today, talking about one of the world's top raiding World of WarCraft guilds and their no girl policy. One of the reasons cited was that 'girls cause drama.'

I agree with Damion that it's not a one-way street. In fact, in-guild drama I have seen to do with women has tended to center around the tension between males in their real or perceived fight over a certain female guildie (or any other imaginable permutation). Damion's example of guys becoming blubbering idiots around women once that femaleness is confirmed over voice chat is also totally on the mark. A "Hi" becomes a sickly "Hiiiiiiiiiii....." you get the idea. Heck, get those guys outta ma guild. Their pubescent selves get distracted too easily.

Having been in a top ranking raiding guild on a PvP server (and been privy to the often idiotic guild chat), I agree that it can totally get completely brainless--but it's not because of the ~women~.

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Blogger Neils said...

Some of the most rancid and demeaning sexism I've ever heard has been over vent, teamspeak or other voice chat, and in our PvP server's top-ranked guild.

The funniest retorts, however, came from that same server's biggest social guild.

Women who can take that have a lot more tolerance than I would.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Florence Chee said...

It does take a lot of tolerance, and a thick skin. Sometimes it's a fascinating social study... and one has to distinguish between what is actually serious and what is akin to Barrens chat ;)

5:43 PM  
Blogger ffelsl said...

You also have to put it all in context. The ages of the people involved, the activity and the fact that they are shielded by the faceless power of the interface.

Not an excuse for bad behavior, but it certainly facilitates extremes.

6:07 PM  
Blogger Hot Soup said...

Well, "Barrens chat" produced an interesting visit to ...

1:37 PM  
Blogger Florence Chee said...


1:40 PM  
Blogger ffelsl said...

Barrens chat is the bible for the movie Idiocracy.

9:15 AM  

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