Twisted Nether Blogcast interviewed Tristan from The Elitists Podcast who while is accomplished in many things. He is also a member of a male only progression based guild. He explains in the interview that the main reason, for the existance of this guild ‘s “Men only ” policy seems to be that it’s the men who cannot behave clear headed when women are involved, and it ‘protects’ women from the behaviour of the males in the guild.
Firstly as a disclaimer – I am not judging his decision to be in it, and also acknowledge that the guild is currently server first – and thus means that it does not seem to affect their performance in progression, this isn’t so much a discussion of Tristan – but more so the existance and the performance of a guild with a clearly defined gender biased rule.
The feminist in me wants to scream out – that’s sexism! And app just to show them, but really why would a girl want to be in a guild like that anyway – its already assumed that they would be entering a guild of immature males with an inability to handle interacting with women. Or just perhaps just no desire to interact with the female of the species while participating in WOW.
Most recreational activities like Sports teams are very much gender divided. In tennis, in basketball, in soccer. Sure there are ‘mixed’ teams but not many ( if any at all) at a professional level. These however are usually physically demanding sports – and the idea of the gender divide is to allow for equal competition. Women are physically weaker than men – it’s not sexism to say so.
However we can look at other non physical challenges
Chess – The European Team Chess Championships have separate tournaments for men and women. However according to Wikipedia the World Chess Championship allows both men and women – and of note has not been won by a woman. Though there is a separate Women’s World Championship event.
Poker championships are not as gender restrictive as are creative pursuits such as Art awards, or even commercial talent shows like Idol/Britain’s got talent – men compete with women.
Most of those activities though are solo pursuits. I actually cannot think of world recognised competition when a team of mixed genders compete against each other ( unless you bring the business world or financial market into it)
What you want from your game will influence how you feel about male, or female only guilds. ( because yes girl only guilds exist as well and I would be remiss in not mentioning them) I have not heard of a girl only decently placed progression guild though.
We freely discriminate against younger players in guilds placing age restrictions on guilds memberships, because we do not want to play with ‘kids’
If you do not want to play Wow with girls or boys then that its your choice. ” Whats your game…” Maybe they get their social interaction needs with females outside of the game, maybe they don’t need the interaction at all.
I would like to argue that it really doesn’t matter anyway because it’s really only on vent that real gender becomes clear, and I know as many quite guys on vent as there are quite girls. There has been no suggestion that boys are better at gaming.
I will conclude with that if you are deliberately chosing to not to raid with girls then you are missing out. Girls are just as smart and funny as any boy, and if you can’t game with a girl because of lack of self control, how are you expected to function in the real world. ( opps that may have been slightly judgemental – and completely dependant on your wish to actually be in the real world)