That's right, let's talk about sex and gender in a video game.
You see, right now I'm taking a psychology class, and we're looking at gender issues. To take a "unique" slant to the paper I'm writing, instead of writing about gender relations at a bus stop or who drives faster or how people interact while waiting in a line, I thought I would tackle the mightily broad subject of gender relations in WoW.
Of course, I have my own experiences and have already started writing the paper, so it's not like I'm grilling you for information to do my work for me. But I thought, if anyone would have interesting stories to relate, it would be readers of my blog. So, if you have free time (like any of us have that anymore), just write to me about your experiences that relate specifically with sexuality and gender in WoW.
Do you notice any trends in what gender fills what role while playing (healer, dps, tank, etc.)? Who talks more in Guild Chat or Vent? Who brings up what subjects? How is loot distribution handled? Are there favorites? Problems with gender? What about gender and sexuality differences? Unfair treatment? Harassment? Do people ignore sexuality and gender prejudices when they exist? Do they perpetuate or welcome it?
It's important to mention this goes for all forms of gender and sex, not just the silly and arbitrary dichotomy of "men" and "women."
Part of this was spurred on by having experienced, this weekend, some of the worst sexist behavior I've ever been subjected to in WoW. It's also always been a big interest to me; I've written a bit about age and gender in WoW before. WoW is, in fact, a social game and mingling of all genders and sexes is inevitable. And, as an aspiring psychologist, I always find human interactions fascinating. And, now, with cyber-stalking and internet bullying real and damaging threats, it's important these issues aren't overlooked.
If you want to share your ideas and experiences, but aren't comfortable writing in the comments, you can always send me an e-mail. And, hey, if you're a blogger and are starting to write a wall, feel free to post an answer on your blog. I do request that people please keep it relatively clean and understand this is a public forum; not only can it be viewed by people of all ages, but it will also be viewable by people of all different walks of life.