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Started by MK Snyder, December 01, 2002, 03:40:32 AM
Quote from: thothThe reason I ask is because i've always seen what seems like positive sexism when talking about females. Specifically, the notion that 'hack n slash' is not-so-good, females don't like 'hack n slash', so females are better role-players. It's not very heavy, I don't think, but its something I've always felt was present....If someone was stereotyped (however lightly) with something that wasn't considered a bad thing (positive discrimination), but still stereotyped, does that somehow make it less wrong?
Quote from: MK SnyderIt may be a fairly accurate portrayal of some heterosexual men's homophobia, though. During the debate some years ago about the status of Gays in the US Armed Forces, I was quite impressed with how worried defenders of the "straight only" policy were that homosexual men would make unwanted advances on fellow soldiers.
Quote from: Uncle DarkDaimon,There are technical definitons of many -isms. Moslty, they're used in the academy. One of the important factors is that it isn't an -ism unless it is backed by and/or supports the current power structure.And as far as "any accusation" being taken seriously, often they aren't taken seriously. Unless the victim raises holy hell. And one of the problems with discrimination cases is that juries are actually not likely to find in favor of victims of sublte discrimination and abuse.If it were so easy to get justice for the problem, it wouldn't be such a problem.
Quote from: thothThere has been a lot of talk about negative sexism towards females, but what about positive sexism?
Quote from: M. J. YoungSo there's really no such thing as "positive discrimination" except on an individual basis. A man telling a female coworker that she has beautiful eyes could be a compliment or grounds for a sexual harrassment suit, depending on how she thinks it was meant.
Quote from: M. J. Young alsoAs to the doors problem, the answer is simpler than you thought: hold the door for everyone. That way you're neither being impolite to women nor treating them different. The solution to the problem is to treat everyone as equally special.
Quote from: damionDo women actually want anything different in RPG's than men do? (One of the strongest hack/slashers I ever met was female)
Quote from: ClayWatching males get in touch with their feminine side via roleplaying is more than a little uncomfortable. I've seen it, and I didn't like it.
Quote from: Emily CareQuote from: damionA game that explicitly required all players to play an opposite gendered character might be an interesting exercise. Roleplaying games actually represent an opportunity for folks to play with, explore and gain better insight about what gender differences mean or don't mean.I'm just imagining each group playing it's stereotypes of the other. It would probably be pretty amusing, and educational.I suppose this is the should RPG's be educational, or just fun, but that's a new thread. (I know, I know, learning should be fun. Not in the american school system though.)
Quote from: damionA game that explicitly required all players to play an opposite gendered character might be an interesting exercise. Roleplaying games actually represent an opportunity for folks to play with, explore and gain better insight about what gender differences mean or don't mean.
Quote from: Emily CareQuote from: ClayWatching males get in touch with their feminine side via roleplaying is more than a little uncomfortable. I've seen it, and I didn't like it.What was it like?