This is an extremely important article, for two reasons. One; it highlights a very real problem facing women in gaming (and in particular tabletop strategy games like Warhammer 40K). Two, it contains very real evidence of this problem at play. Women deserve every right to be treated equally to men. I understand that there are people out there, “geeks,” men and boys who have social problems or are afraid of women. That’s sad, and I wish the best for those guys to find a way to *get over it.* Because it’s not healthy or okay to throw yourself into a life where you avoid half of the population. It’s not alright to hide away from half of society and bully any female who comes along and shows interest in (gasp) your hobby. You don’t own your hobby and you don’t get to decide who else gets to enjoy it. And you certainly should not be approaching anyone and telling them “Oh, you wouldn’t ever understand this.”
I think Games Workshop would be pushing for more variety in their models; include some female Imperial Guardsman, guys. Include a few women as named characters for armies. Colonel Kasteen is a woman from the Ciaphas Cain novels, and she’s a damn strong leader. Why can’t we have the option to have a woman as a general in our armies? And why haven’t you remade the Sisters of Battle as an updated army for 7th Edition with plastic models? More women getting involved can only help 40K. And I want to see this happen.
As a beginning Warhammer 40K hobbyist, I wondered about some of the battles I had sat on the sidelines for, which were ones that encompassed mostly male players. I had never met another female Warhammer 40K player in all of my time of being an active shopper of local games. I had never encountered one painting or battling at the games that the shops hold events for. My closest experience was that of an acquaintance who was a paint-to-hire artist who painted models in exchange for pay. She never plays.
Being a geek of all sorts, I have moved my way into a respected profile in the gaming world, as well as a few other hobbies I’m involved in – including tabletop gaming like Pathfinder. But Warhammer 40K was way different. I have not engaged in a battle yet, but my experience being around some players had been negative.
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