Srsly... WTF. Not that this should surprise nebody -_- We get this a lot after all. Problem w/ rape? Yell at the women. Don't dress like that. What were you doing out of your house at night? Why did you go up to his room? etc etc... I mean me and my friends just finished snarking a list like that...
And then there's that grope button thing before, if nebody remembers, where some guys were giving out stickers to women to wear if they didn't want to be groped at a con >:\
And so it shouldn't rly be surprising that the solution to women being harassed is to ban women -_- After all the problem is us, and triggering these poor fellows into being misogynist a-holes >:\
Like the OPer, I also have heard an ASSTON of racism in online gaming... so are we banning Jewish ppl and black ppl next too? -_- And gay ppl of course... definitely, since there's a ton of gay rape jokes and "fag" being thrown around >:\
"Nothing ruins a good LAN party like uncomfortable guests or lots of tension, both of which can result from mixing immature, misogynistic male-gamers with female counterparts," the organizers originally wrote in an event FAQ. "Though we've done our best to avoid these situations in years past, we've certainly had our share of problems. As a result, we no longer allow women to attend this event.
What's funny is they don't say WHO is having the party ruined... they act like it's THEIR buzz being killed. Um it's FEMALE GAMERS who are having their fun time ruined? You know what's not a good way to fix that? Keeping them from being able to participate in it at all >_<;;;
And they admit that they're immature and misogynist but then are like... well *SHRUG* the best way is to not allow them in!
The thing is this stuff isn't just misogynist, it's MISANDRIST, if you wanna talk about looking down on men, insulting men, acting as if men are necessarily childish, immature and sexist assholes... how about THAT? >:\
Not only do you take away the female players choice to attend, you take away a male players choice to say "fuck no, I'm not going to treat women like that", by just acting like they WILL.
I notice that there doesn't seem to be an assumption that female players will be immature and sexist.. even tho presumably, they're also gamer nerds of the same age -_- As the OPer said, if you RLY wanted to solve this, then make a strict rule that says "no misogynist comments or slurs" and nebody who does gets kicked out. Since it's 50$ to enter, you'd think that MOST guys would want to not have their money wasted and abide >:\
"We actively discourage gamers from being the kind of mysogynistic jackwagons seen in the Reddit post, and such behavior should not be tolerated. Frankly, we don't like that kind of player either. So far as this event goes, it is an special event designed specifically for male gamers. Further, it is meant as a getaway designed to help said male contingent become better men both for themselves and for those who love us."
You know, insulting men more and more does NOT make any of this better. It does NOT help you not seem like a problematic sexist jackass. >:\ It's funny that they say "the behaviour should not be tolerated" but rather than making RULES AGAINST IT, they just ban women. And they said "we don't like that kind of player either" so therefore, it'll be an event JUST FOR THEM. Yea... WHAT!? >:O
And you know, I am SO sick of the whole "putting down men to justify misogyny/keeping women out" crap... >:\ Whether it's in rape apologia "men are just animals, we can't help ourselves! You're like fresh meat to a wolf!" or cultures that don't allow women the same freedoms of men, or restrict their clothing or in entertainment where you can have 5 male heroes and 1 female hero on the team, but as long as she's always sneering at them for being immature, or something, then it's okay! Cuz see, women are goddesses who are perfect and men are pigs and slobs! FFS >:O I WANT EVERYBODY TO BE TREATED AS HUMAN BEINGS, NOT TO HAVE WOMEN PEDESTALIZED AND MEN PUT DOWN AND SPIT ON >:O
and as I said, in this case (and many other cases, as above) it's extremely DISINGENUOUS b/c they don't actually think men are inferior to women, they just want a way to keep women out while being able to act like it's for OUR OWN GOOD >:|
Look, if this place wanted to have a men's only event, and a no girls allowed club. That's FINE xD If they started out just saying it was a "Gentleman's Retreat"... I mean you'll still be criticized by some (like Augusta National is criticized for that policy) but knock yourself out! It's the sexist bullshit that's making ppl angry, and the weak "men are pigs who can't help themselves!" excuse (and sexist putdown) used to justify the big "no girls allowed" sign that is the reason this is such BS. >:O Esp since this is a culture/comm that is alrdy pretty unwelcoming to women, and your solution to the kinds of treatment female gamers deal w/ is... to just lock them out all together? -_-;;
Wanna keep girls out? Your playerbase doesn't ilke women? FINE! But dun tell us it's for our own good, and you REALLY care about misogyny. >:\ if you REALLY cared, you'd make rules against it, not BAN US like it's OUR FAULT and your male players aren't EQUALLY THINKING INTELLIGENT AND RATIONAL HUMAN BEINGS.