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Crossposted from my FB:

An exciting (but lengthy) announcement:

If you're in the gaming community - at least my gaming community - you probably know that there's some...problematic things in gaming culture. A big thing is that often, women don't feel welcome at gaming events because they're harassed, threatened, ignored, condescended to...you get the idea.
Recently a tumblr post has been making the rounds, entitled "Tabletop Gaming has a White Male Terrorist Problem" and I just couldn't take it any more. I got angry - furious - reading about a woman who put up with sexual assault, rape threats, and harassment just because she wanted to game with other people. Because she wanted to be part of the gaming *community.*

If you think this isn't a local problem, at a recent gaming event attended by my wonderful spouse she overheard a male player in a different group saying misogynistic and degrading things about women - loudly. He was the only one doing it that she noticed, but no one stopped him or challenged him. A room full of mostly men silently allowed that behavior. Any woman there (she could count them on one hand and still have some change) would have received the message: we would rather you feel unwelcome than make us feel uncomfortable by speaking out. Qui tacet consentire videtur, "he who is silent is taken to agree."

If we want this to change, we have to change it. The best way I could think of to act was to host an event for women - or one that was at least safe for women - in my hometown. I reached out to local game store Fun4All on Carpenter Road and they enthusiastically responded to my proposal of a monthly gaming group for women that's open to anyone who wants a more inclusive, diverse, and welcoming gaming community.

The inaugural event will be May 14th from 2-6pm at Fun4ALL. Emphasis on the ALL, y'all.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Facebook Event!

Date: 2016-04-15 11:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crowjoy.livejournal.com
Well done!!

Date: 2016-04-15 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dionysus1999.livejournal.com
You're awesome with an extra helping of awesome sauce.

I was thinking along the same lines. Sausage fests never were all that fun for me. Will put this on the calendar.

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