The Commander’s Chair – Reaction to an Outsider
Earlier this week I posted an article, co-written by Jason about women in Magic. The article contained interviews with both of our significant others. The opinions expressed by the women in this article are solely their opinion and do not reflect opinions of women everywhere. There are more and more women who enjoy playing Magic. If you disagree with their opinion, or the opinion of Jason and myself that is your right. I believe it is always better to have opinions expressed than have opinions censored.
The only suggestions that we were trying to make in the article were;
- Treat other players with respect
- Strive to make your local environment one that invites in new players
- Stop denying that the stereotypical Magic players exist
- We need to mature as a group for our hobby to mature and grow
It had been brought up that the issues that were addressed in the article are issues that are not exclusively Magic related. You will find the same problems in any activities where young males (14-25) are a predominate demographic.
I am 100% positive that there are places to play Magic where new players would feel more comfortable learning and playing. In a perfect world, all Magic shops would be this way. We should learn from the example of the few shops that foster an environment that attracts new players.
It is important to see that the article only showed one very narrow view of the Magic world. We should also look at Women who have had mostly positive experiences with Magic and see what attracted them to the game of Magic and what keeps them playing. On that note, I will be interviewing as many female magic players who are willing to be interviewed in the next week. I agree that it is important to show all sides of an issue, not just the negatives.
If you would be willing to be interviewed, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
-Sean T. Patchen