I just never want to let my gender down
July 31, 2014 10:10 PM Subscribe
As a single woman, I received a lot of attention. ... It felt that I was either pissing people off with my bubbly attitude or breaking hearts. All that said, the most difficult part of all was having everyone think I was bad at Magic simply by looking at me—and them being right. This was by far what drove me the most.There and Back Again: A Wizard's Tale — Feminist gamer/producer Tifa Robles writes candidly about her journey in, out, and around the world of competitive gaming.
PL: Why are women not superior in any sport that’s open to both sexes? Why are men vastly more successful in open games in general?Vanessa Selbst — Interview with the "winningest female poker player of all time."
VS: They are not vastly more successful in relation to the proportions in which they try. The problem is that in our society women are not supposed to be competitive. If they are competitive it is viewed as a negative quality – as bitchy, out of line or as not attractive.
"It is true I am [male-to-female] transgender... I don't feel like this should be a big deal," Scarlett wrote. "Most of the girls I know knew about this already and don't judge or care. In terms of actual play, there is (as far as I know) no advantage to being born male or female. But even if there was, being transgender means you are born with the brain of the opposite gender; so I would not have that advantage or disadvantage. All I ask is for people to be respectful and refer to me as 'she.'"How a transgender "foreign hope" is challenging the pro Starcraft world — A.V. Club writeup about Starcraft II pro Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn. (Previously)
Q: Is there something biological about it? Are women less capable in chess?Judit Polgár on chess parents, beating Kasparov and female competitors — Interview with the best-ranked female chess player in history.
A: No, no. It has nothing to do with that. It’s society. Less than five per cent of registered chess players are women. When kids start playing chess—up to 10 or 12 years old—girls and boys are enrolled in equal numbers. Later on, it deviates a lot. The girls drop out.
When it comes to an all-female league, we've all wanted one and said that we should do that, but at the same time there’s so many girls that are like, 'I don’t want to play in an all-female league, I want to play against the best, which are with the boys.' But unfortunately it’s just so hard to even play against them when you just want to even scrim. They won’t even scrim you because they look at you as a joke because you're a girl. All in all, it's just uneven. If you even have the resemblance of a woman, they won’t give you a chance at all.Kelly Kelley Explains Why It's Hard For Female Gamers To Join eSports 'Boys Club' — Interview with one of the top female FPS pro gamers.
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