To be honest, there's a lot about WoW that makes me uncomfortable. Savage cannibalistic trolls that talk like stereotypical black men, for example, sit right on the borderline of "not okay" for me. "Shake Your Bunny-Maker" was another one of those elements - the fact that the achievement specifically singled out female characters made me a bit uncomfortable. WoW is usually quite good at not gender-restricting things (you can get the "Blushing Bride" achievement by kissing anybody in a dress, male or female) and this seemed like an unfortunate decision.
What really upsets me, though, is the community reaction.
This sort of hippie feminist crap just isn't taken seriously anymore and certainly shouldn't be.
Of course I imagine if it was male characters 18+ no one would care (despite the existence of the Playgirl magazine) and no one would get to cry Sexism! Yay for the double standard.
As a male player I think it is sexist because it is not focusing on male characters. Come on, seriously this sexist/racist crap is being taken way to far.
Anyone who dwells in the sociological implication of two lines of text and five minutes searching around Dalaran is an idiot, pure and simple.
True equality is the day when anyone can make any joke towards anybody and nobody will care or take it seriously
You know what, short of violence and affecting choices, I don't understand what makes people get up in arms so much over racism/sexism etc ... If someone attacks someone as an act of discriminatory violence, I'll be the first to act, but short of that, suck it up.
Instead of trying to change the world for your daughter.. u should quit this game and get a job and take care of her.
Now a days people take things too serious and sap the fun out of harmless things for the population as a whole
I don't mean to diminish the cause of equality for women, but debates like this one do that all on their own.
And so on ad nauseam.
Ironically, the author of the post from which all of these comments were taken makes the comment on her own blog that "gamer guys don't tend to be mysogonistic". I wonder if she said that before or after a bunch of gamer guys jumped all over her for raising the *possibility* that something in a video game might be sexist. She gets a lot of support on her personal blog, but it's mostly from people praising her for having the "good sense" not to be personally offended by something. For example:
I would just like to say that this blog post is, perhaps, one of the most intelligent and rational things I have ever had the pleasure of reading. At the risk of sounding sexist (oh noes!), I have met only a handful of women who possess the requisite intelligence and (and this is an important 'and') rational character to agree with your reasoning
Sexism is a fantastically complicated issue. So is racism for that matter. Just because you don't think you're sexist, that doesn't mean you are not, in fact, sexist. The fact that you are married, or have a girlfriend, or a mother does not mean you are not sexist. Not even being a woman makes you immune to sexism - sexist ideas and attitudes are universal. That's. Why. They. Are. Bad.
A lot of people genuinely don't understand why other people were offended by the achievement. A WoW blog is a slightly weird place to be talking about the ideas of privilege but that's what we're dealing with here. The reason Mr "This racist crap has gone too far" and Mr "At the risk of sounding sexist" don't understand why people were offended by the SYBM achievement is because the issues that led to people finding them offensive are outside their experience.
As a man, I have spent my entire life having people tell me and - more importantly - show me that I can do anything I want. I could be a doctor or a lawyer or a bestselling fantasy novelist, I could be a game developer or if I really wanted to be, the pope. As a geek, I can also live a rich fantasy life in which I am a knight or a sorcerer, or the warcheif of the Horde.
Women don't get this. Yes little girls get the same "be all you can be" speeches at school, but there isn't the same follow through. Girls are still taught that their primary function is decorative, that while they *can* grow up to be doctors and lawyers and writers, it's important that they do it while looking sexy. Girls of the geeky persuasion find their fantasy lives similarly curtailed - in fantasy as in reality a woman's function is to look hot, not to be powerful or influential or effective. Geek girls are stuck playing the sidekicks in men's fantasies, not living their own.
Look at WoW Lore. Arthas Menethil, Thrall, Varian Wrynn, Tirion Fordring, Kaelthas Sunstrider, King Ymiron, Kel'Thuzad, Gul'dan, Illidian Stormrage, Edwin - blooming - Van'Cleef. Pick an archetype: the noble hero, the wise leader, the batshit-insane leader, the cunning rogue, or the arrogant, duplicitous bastard, there's a male character doing it. When it comes to women - well there's Jaina Proudmoore, Sylvanas Windrunner and ... that's it really unless you count Princess Theradras. And Jaina's main defining feature is being romantically linked to a bunch of male characters, while Sylvanas was recently shown to be incapable of realising that demons are not always trustworthy.
In WoW, like in most fantasy, like in life, the default assumption is that anything useful that needs doing, anything pro-active is done by men, and that the job of women is to stand on the sidelines cheering them on, preferably while wearing as little as possible. The reason that some people were so upset by Shake Your Bunny Maker was not because it was grossly offensive by itself, but because it was yet another symptom of a world where women are just expected to stand there and look pretty.
(this post is a response to:)
Cosmic Geek: My actual opinion on Shake your Bunny-Maker