Gender Issues at Blizzcon, Hawt PCs and NPCs, Who Cares?

October 26, 2010

The infamous Victoria’s Secret catalogue question has been making its rounds on the blogosphere, and I am jumping on the bandwagon. The entire Open Q&A session text can be found here.

I love what you guys have done with WoW, I love that there’s a lot of strong female chars, though I wonder if we can have some that didnt look like they came out of a Victoria’s Secrets catalogue?

Which catalogue would you like them step out of then? We feel ya, we want to vary our female chars more in the future. So yeah we’ll pick different catalogues.

NPCs

This got me thinking about the female role models in WoW, and what they are wearing. The following are only those currently appearing in game.

Alexstrasza – yep, skimplily clad

Sylvanas Windrunner – also skimpily clad

Jaina Proudmoore – belly showing, but well covered

Vareesa Windrunner – suitable armor, not skimpy at all

Tyrande – tasteful robes suitable to a priestess

Greatmother Geyah – tasteful robes suitable to an elder

Shandris Feathermoon – armor suitable to a Sentinel

Magatha Grimtotem – very low cut

Lady Liadrin – armor suitable to a paladin

High Priestess Ishanah – belly showing, but well covered

Moira Thaurissan (aka Bronzebeard) – very scantily clad

The Black Bride – suitable armor

Of these twelve, I consider four of them to be unreasonably skimpy, 2 of them show belly but are otherwise acceptable, and 6 of them are well armored or geared for their class/race. Really, women are outraged over 1/3 of the NPCs in the world dressing a little naughty?

Players

Now, let’s take a look at what we are wearing as players.

Tier 7 (Naxxramas):

DK, Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior

Tier 8 (Ulduar):

DK, Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior

Tier 9 (Trial of the Crusader):

DK, Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior

Tier 10 (Ice Crown Citadel):

DK, Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior

Although I did struggle to find screenshots of every set on female models I did find a majority of them. The trend this expansion has been very covered up. If anything is showing, it’s a little bit of belly. I haven’t seen anything low cut this expansion at all.

My Thoughts

I am a woman, and I like my characters in a fantasy game to be scantily clad. I give my characters naughty roleplay or city walking outfits because I think it looks cool and I like it (see here). I like looking at it. I don’t know what that says about me or my own self image or whatever, and I don’t care. I like to look good, and I wasn’t impressed by the tier gear this expansion.

I find it frustrating that the questioner at Blizzcon (who I assume was female) did not do thorough research before asking such an inane question of the panel. I’d be more interested to hear they are putting Jaina in a more proud position lore-wise and making her less of a spineless, sniveling crybaby, than that they cover her belly up.

After hearing this questioner and the outcry from many women throughout the blogosphere, my fear is that the gear in Cataclysm is going to have us wearing boxes. Afterall, how much more covered up can we get?

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Girl stuff

August 19, 2010

A post by The Bossy Pally made about Women and WoW.

I tend to avoid discussing gender issues. I try not to flaunt the fact that I’m female. I try very hard to make it a non-issue. I do this, not because I’m ashamed or fearful, but because I don’t think it should be a concern.

Growing up my parents taught me to disregard race, and I think they did a very good job of this. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I have no prejudices. I don’t think that’s humanly possible. We are judgemental creatures. But I can say that I treat every person I meet with respect and kindness unless they show me some reason not to, and I do so regardless of race, gender, age, etc.

I’m also not going to sit here and claim that I’ve never felt like I’ve been crapped on just because I’m female in WoW. It happens. People will discriminate. But just as I get crapped on for being female, that same jerkface is likely to find some fault with anyone over anything. The world of Azeroth is full of trolls. The trick is learning to ignore them.

It still bothers me when I hear the trolls talk garbage about how girls don’t play WoW, and if they do then they probably weight 1000 pounds, either that or they can’t play well. There may be some truth to the statement. I am overweight, but I certainly don’t weigh 1000 pounds. More and more, I find myself turning trade chat off when I’m in the city.

The irony for me is that I truly feel like I’ve had more social difficulty relating to other women in WoW than to other men. I can’t stand the cutesy girls who constantly flirt. I’ve seen such drama destroy guilds. I am beyond thankful that the other 4 women in my guild are very down to earth.

In fact, I’m almost worried they think I’m the cutesy flirty type. A little flirting is bound to happen, right? I’m very dedicated to the one I love, so it’s all just teasing and I’m fairly certain everyone understands that.

What was the point of this post?

Meh… I forget…


Girls Don’t Play WoW

April 15, 2010

Why does it irritate me so much when this gets said in /2, besides the obvious, that I am a girl and I play WoW?

I think what gets to me the most is the fear of sticking up for myself and saying that I am a girl. I shouldn’t have to feel afraid of that. I should be able to say it and people should be able to accept it.

Instead, I typically don’t say a thing and sit and steam about it.

Why, you might ask?

Because if I come out and say I’m a girl then I will be barraged with either “No you’re not. Pics or its not true. Get on vent and prove it.” Or, I’ll get barraged with, “You’re only making it a point to say you’re a girl to get attention. You probably play worth a shit and get handed all your epics. Drama queen!” Or, even worse, “A/S/L? Wanna cyber?”

Now, one could argue that the initial person who made the statement “Girls don’t play WoW,” was only saying it to stir shit up. Perhaps that is true, and in that case, I guess I shouldn’t be offended. Strangely enough, I still do feel offended.

Girls of WoW, what do you do when this happens? Do you act like me and just keep it inside? Does it even bother you?