Ethrealwolf, on Sep 3 2008, 06:49 AM, said:
Let me put it as an open question to any lady of the forums that's gotten this far- would you be enticed into playing a sport, ANY sport, purely to give the 'idiot minority' something to look at?
Let me put it to you another way, y'all- would you, as a guy who is relatively new to the sport, and for some reason reads this particular column or page or what have you, would you be even remotely interested in introducing your girlfriend to the sport purely to give the 'idiot minority' something to lust after all day? huh? I wouldn't- actually, I'd keep her as far removed from a field as possible, in those circumstances. (not that that's an option for me, because she plays, and has for over a year) Let me ALSO point out that he also calls out our less 'ladylike' female players- the ones that are, for lack of a better term 'just one of the guys' in almost all aspects- tatts, whatever. again, duh. Really, what kind of girl do you honestly expect to be attracted to the sport of shooting the crap out of your opponent with high velocity gelcaps full of paint? Yes, there are exceptions, don't yell at me (promise you i get at least one angry PM about the preceding sentence).
With everything I've read, there's not much left to add, except my two cents if it even comes to that. If I thought I would be treated like eye candy I wouldn't play, plain and simple. And if I thought that the only way to be accepted as a female player was to dress promiscously, again, you wouldn't see me there. I'd leave it to the pigs. Fortunately there are enough decent guys playing for me to not feel that way.
My husband pointed this thread out to me, I usually get the news on the threads from him and don't log on much myself. But when he first took me to a field with guys outside our group of friends, he warned me of there crudeness etc. And really I didn't see it. So thank you to all the men who aren't pigs and who just play the game for the game and let women do the same.