State of the Union #1 – Standing Behind One’s Actions
Howdy, Amanda here. Usually I would be speaking to you all as the writer of Path to Casual or whatever other article I am throwing up on the site. But, today I can’t talk like that. Today, I need to speak to all of you as one third of the administrative staff of Red Site Wins. Yesterday, a joint article by Jason and Sean went up about why their significant others chose not to play magic with anyone but them. The idea for the article dates all the way back to an article by Jackie Lee on the site, Womanhood is not a Draft Archetype. We joked after recording an episode of Red Cast Wins that the only way to get views on the site was to not actually write about the game. Jason said he was going to interview his girl friend about why she won’t play Magic and Sean said it was a great idea and that they should do a joint idea.
That is the birth of the article. It was supposed to be funny and a little eye opening and have more open ended questions than PV’s interview with female Magic personalities. I have to say, there were parts of Sean and Jason’s article that I greatly enjoyed and some of the anecdotes were entertaining. In fact, it was nice to see the casual woman’s side of the women and Magic debate. Too often do we hear pros chime and celebrities, but the every man/woman gets lost in our Twitter streams or we just don’t follow them because they don’t write for SCG or ChannelFireball or whomever.
So, why am I even talking about this article? Well, I had the pleasure of engaging multiple people on Twitter the other day about the topic and the inherent themes it brings to light. A lot of people praised the article, and admitted that there was a problem in the Magic community. Others thought that the type of people discussed in the article were of but a small sampling of the Magic community. And on the far end of the spectrum, were those who just thought these women were wrong.
Don’t worry. I am not going to name names or take pot shots. Heck, I don’t even want to be writing this. There are things I’d rather be doing at 2:24am in the morning. There were a few problems with the tone of the debates. For one, there is a new myth about FNM. That FNM is a tournament like any other tournament you go to. Say, a PTQ. The truth is, it isn’t. It falls under CASUAL REL. That means, lil Johnny can accidentally draw too many cards and not get a game loss. Or the Suzy can miss a trigger and be allowed to still have the effect happen.
There is another issue I have. I do not approve of people attacking the women who were asked the question. These were opinions they formulated from their personal experience. Everyone’s experiences are different and unique. I was taught in Journalism to argue the opinion, not the opinionated. Translation? Argue the point, not trash the person making it.
Here is where I get to my point. At Red Site Wins, we try to highlight all aspects of the player experience of this game we all love. I am proud to say that I think we cover aspects that people wouldn’t have even thought of. However, I would like to point out, that while we are all one team and one site we all have different views. Is this me hanging Sean and Jason out to dry? No. What I am saying is that certain statements are the author’s and while we host them, we don’t believe them. Otherwise, Luis and I wouldn’t be having our showdown.
I would like to apologize to all those offended by the article. It is never ever our intent to cause ill feelings or insult our readers. If we even foresaw that as a potential outcome, more editing would have occurred or the article would have been scrapped all together. I hope my apology is enough for all of you.
Remember to keep it casual,
– Amanda Stevens.