"Cassandra" at Left Mouse Button writes about the sexual politics of online life in WOW and, as she puts it, the myth of the meritocracy. Hits some regular riffs, but with a lot of local colour. The quote from a 17-year old guild leader - annoyingly, with his name changed, which does undermine its credibility - is particularly memorable: “Girls just aren’t on the same level. Sometimes they’re okay as healers or whatever, and I’d rather have a girl than an empty raid slot, but they lack that primal aggression that a man needs. They don’t need the kill as bad.” It's the modern-day equivalent of the playground game where you stomp around in a conga shouting "WE ARE PLAYING ARMY! DO YOU WANT TO JOIN US?" continuously until a girl tries to, at which point you stop and shout "NO GIRLS ALLOWED!", innit? Of course, it's mostly anecdotal, which is why I bring it up - what are people's experience with this?
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