For one of my class projects this quarter I have to do a website about tolerance. The specific topic I decided to work on is sexism within gaming communities, specifically in World of Warcraft. The site will be about the sexist and sexual harassment that gamers have faced, how Blizzard responds to this etc. To be clear, I’m not focusing on the WoW community because I believe it to be more toxic or sexist than other gaming communities, but because I’m more familiar with it than I am that of other gaming communities.
If you could send me any stories of sexual or sexist harassment you’ve faced or witness in game or from the WoW community in forums, etc., I’d greatly appreciate it.
You may send these completely anonymously, and unless you wish it, I will not be making them available for the general public, just for review by my own class of 10 or so other students. It is not my intention to expose you or others, just to prove my thesis (that geek communities have a tendency towards sexism).
If you’re a guy, you’re welcome to share your stories as well :) This isn’t just a girl thing, but an everyone thing. If anyone has harassed you in game because of your gender, feel free to send me your story.
For everyone: If you’ve participated in harassment, let me know! I want to hear about that, too!
If you feel the need to harass ME about this, come at me bro. It’ll just be used to support my thesis ;)
Bonus: This one needn’t be WoW specific, if you’ve ever been in a community gaming community that’s been proactive in being completely gender inclusive, I’d love to hear about that. A large part of my project is offering a solution, so examples of various ways the issue has been addressed would be great. I’m doing my own research, of course, but first hand accounts are always the the best.
If you choose to send me your story (to firstname.lastname@example.org, or my ask box here though I find my email to be more reliable), please include your gender and when you played World of Warcraft. If you want to include a gamer handle or your name, that’s fine, but you can also remain anonymous if that makes you more comfortable.
I give thanks in advance,
Love and Peace!