Daily Archives: July 15, 2014

Women Only Gaming Events

Yesterday there was an article in the Mary Sue discussing Women-Only eSports events. The crux of the issue seems to be that if we offer women-only events then should we also offer men-only events. The other view is that for sports / games where there is not the worry of a physical gender difference then there should not be separate events. I can see the arguments both way and I don’t know which way is actually better. On one hand we are trying to create a safe space for women and girls to be able to participate in these sports and games without feeling like they need to have their guard up all the time. The other side is that by separating them out are we just perpetuating the idea that we do not belong or that we need special privileges. I do not think the second one is the case, but it makes me wonder if it is helping more than hurting.

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