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26 July 2011 @ 02:56 pm
Women banned from attending Battlefield 3 launch LAN party  
From http://borderhouseblog.com/?p=5811

A large launch party and LAN for Battlefield 3 is being held in Texas, and women are disallowed from attending in order to protect them from misogynistic insults. While the original text in the FAQ has now been removed, the FAQ declared that women are not invited with the following statement:

Nothing ruins a good LAN party like uncomfortable guests or lots of tension, both of which can result from mixing immature, misogynistic male-gamers with female counterparts. Though we’ve done our best to avoid these situations in years past, we’ve certainly had our share of problems. As a result, we no longer allow women to attend this event.”

Could there be a more perfect example of privilege? I'm not exactly a social justice warrior but it is nothing short of disgusting that males who cannot prevent themselves from making sexist comments or behaving in a misogynistic manner are being catered to. This behaviour is akin to victim blaming, and I for one will not be purchasing this product.
 
 
 
ϟ ∫ennιſer Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒdieseled on July 26th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I'm so pissed off at this I don't know what to say.

They're not doing it to protect the female gamers, they're doing it to prevent the possibility of a female gamer suing them for letting the male attendees make the comments, even though they have no control over it.
They probably had legal troubles in the past with certain female gamers who attended.
Loolaaloolaa on July 26th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
This is ridiculous. I imagine there'll be a hell of a lot of men that won't be making misogynistic comments. So instead of banning ALL the women, why don't they simply ban the men who make the misogynistic comments. Cuz there'll certainly be a few men who will be made uncomfortable anyway, even without women there.

It IS victim blaming.
Queen of the Pirates: Old School Gamerpirate_nami on July 26th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't even have had a problem with it being a male-only event if they just advertised it as a "boys' night out" in the same vein as "girls' night out". The fact that they tried to give a lame excuse as to why women were not allowed and pass it off as protecting women from sexist remarks...? Not cool.

One of the commenters on Border House nailed it on the head as far as I'm concerned. Are they going to also ban gays and people of color by the same logic, because of the racist/homophobic slurs that are just as common?
Caitersayashi on July 26th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
Is this an officially sanctioned LAN party being held by the Battlefield 3 publisher or developer? If it isn't I'm not sure it is necessary to avoid buying it due to this LAN party's stupid rules. (Personally, I won't be buying it anyway since it isn't my kind of game :P)

But I like this quote in the article you linked best:

This is a large, private event and its organizers certainly have the right to associate with whomever they please. But given what I usually hear over my headset in military shooters like Battlefield, I wonder if this party would so outwardly ban any black gamers from registering. Because it would be so, you know, uncomfortable to hear them being insulted.

Or maybe the answer here is to forbid that kind of obnoxious behavior, and kick out anyone who breaks the rule, $49 registration be damned. Or maybe this event is more about the comfort of the organizers than the participants.
Firebringer: Mine! - seagullsfiresplace on July 26th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
Hrm. The way it's described it sounds like a private party, so of course the hosts can invite or not invite anyone they want, however bizarre their choices. If this LAN isn't actually sponsored by Battlefield 3 or any affiliated companies, it doesn't impact my decision to pick up the game.

But I sure hope this kind of attitude DOESN'T spread to the publisher. Ugh!
deadnyappnyappcafe on July 26th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
This
masked_creator (M_C): Flash Sword Irenemasked_creator on July 26th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
That's really pathetic. It sounds to me like "We're too lazy to actually call misogynist and immature men out on their shitty behavior, so we'll be "protecting" you by not letting you attend." This kind of crap in this day and age is just stupid.
Juliamutive on July 26th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
This kind of thing makes me feel ill.

I don't know that I even need to throw in that women who attend LAN parties (at least the few I know) are already subjected to enough of this to be pretty immune to it. (Which makes it even more "this is a boy's club, get out you icky girls!")
LadyCyndra: eye twitch-its all in your head-ladycyndra on July 26th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
And of course this is coming from MY state. I apologize for the fail. *sighs*
Angel of Nightkimerastorm on July 26th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
Maybe a petition?

change.org and sites like it make it very easy to create and distribute petitions among large groups of people.
Chukfiserious_mccoy on July 26th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
But we delicate females must be protected from their overwhelming masculinity! ;_;

Ban assholes, not decent people getting the short end of the stick. As others have said, I wouldn't care if they decided to make it a "boys only" thing just for its own sake, but when they say it's to "protect" us? Don't fucking condescend half the entire population.
LadyCyndraladycyndra on July 27th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
But we delicate females must be protected from their overwhelming masculinity! ;_;

That is what offends me the most about this. The very notion that we can't handle ourselves against idiots that make sexist comments.

Oh noes! I may wither! *barf*
(no subject) - alizara on July 27th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC) (Expand)
I refuse to give up my obsession: Comic-Conendlessdeep on July 26th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
Wow, so instead of making these idiots behave themselves they are saying it's okay to act like an immature misogynistic idiot, by not allowing women to be there. That is pathetic.

I don't see the problem with having only men or only women events, but when they say it's only men because they want to protect women, that's a cop out and it's discrimination.
x_creepy_doll_xx_creepy_doll_x on July 27th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
I agree. It shows just how biased and stupid they really are.
Mistymewmew on July 26th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
Hey, idiots who made this choice. Why not ban the men instead? If the men are the ones causing the problems it would make more sense to ban them. Or, you know, just kick out the assholes and let everyone else enjoy gaming.
Murgomgitshbc on July 26th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
Don't you bring logic into this!
Phoenixphnxnxil3 on July 27th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
It's definitely irritating and infuriating but at the same time, I'm not surprised. A bonus to this: I don't play Battlefield anyway.
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quixotic_coffee on July 27th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
"There are plenty of women only events; nothing wrong with men only events."

I don't want to start a thing but I wish people would quit saying this. A men only gaming invite is a jerky thing to do because there's no reason for it. Whereas a women only thing would be because they don't want to be harassed. I'm not talking about some guy and his friends in his garage but I would definitely have a problem with a huge sponsored men only thing.
(no subject) - containspeanuts on July 27th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
ChunginHopanyee on July 27th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
Should solve the problem this way:

Females, our male visitors will probably make stupid comments. If you feel uncomfortable, we suggest you stay home.

Men, our female visitors do not enjoy being treated poorly. By signing this waiver, you allow any woman to kick you in the groin if you so much as breathe funny.
Arlie Stephensertla on July 27th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
This! Though when I was an undergraduate, we saved our violence for those who did more than just breathe funny.