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Do females play D&D?

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According to Wizards of the Coast, in 2017, 38% of D&D players were female. Of course you need to take what WotC says with a grain of salt, because they have a financial interest in presenting their player base as diverse and growing so that more people will want to buy their products.

However, there is lots of other evidence that female participation in D&D has been increasing. There has been a D&D renaissance with more people than ever playing. There are popular YouTube and Twitch series of people playing D&D. As something becomes perceived as less weird and more mainstream, more females will be willing to try it. (The female sex is turned off by the weird and the non-mainstream.)

Based on differences between what men and women look for in games, it’s logical that D&D would be more interesting to women than most other tabletop games. D&D is more verbal and cooperative, very much the opposite of chess which is a pure competition between two people with a winner and a loser, with no talking involved. It’s not surprising that chess players skew heavily male (allegedly 85% male, 15% female) despite chess being perceived as a non-weird mainstream game (as far as board games go).

On the other hand, women always played card games. Both of my grandmothers played cards. And there was a time when Mahjongg was very popular with old women, despite the rules being pretty complicated. Scrabble is also popular with women.

But like with all things, among those who go all-in, for example the kind of D&D players who have memorized all of the “core” rulebooks and every supplement, they are going to be predominantly male.

Because being a dungeon master requires being more all-in than merely being a player, I predict that the percent of female dungeon masters would be lower than the percent of female players.

Because D&D was perceived as weird and nerdy in times past, it also follows that older players will skew more male, while there will be higher rates female participation among younger players who are unaware of how D&D was perceived in the 1980s.

I think it’s possible that in another twenty years, D&D could be perceived as more a game that women play than men! As a cooperative, non-competitive game that involves narrative and improvisational acting, it should theoretically appeal more to women than to men.

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Sid writes in a comment:

I’m a white man, and my hobbies have skewed towards the nerdy.

That said, the two times I played D&D were in college, and I was invited by a girl. There were at least two girls in the games I played.

The girls definitely weren’t queen bees. They were into the “geek chic” look. Over the last 15 years or so, there’s been a certain category of girl who get into geeky interests for whatever reason, and it seems like D&D is an area where they gravitate.

Too bad those girls didn’t exist when I was young.

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August 8, 2019 at EDT pm

Did Harvey Weinstein say this?

Harvey Weinstein may or may not have said:

You were born rich and privileged and you were handsome. I was born poor, ugly, Jewish and had to fight all my life to get somewhere. You got lots of girls, no girl looked at me until I made it big in Hollywood. Yes, I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did, and still does, everyone. But I never, ever forced myself on a single woman.

Sounds believable to me. Both that he said it, and that it might be true.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 24, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Males and Females

The “Pride Shake” at Shake Shack

When I was a kid in the 1970s, the worst thing you could say about someone is that they were a faggot. (Although apparently it’s still a bad thing to say because the word is banned.)

But today, at kid-friendly corporate venues like Shake Shack, we see the gay agenda being promoted in the form of a sugary drink especially appealing to children. I suppose that kids today want to be gay because it’s so much cooler than being straight. Straight is boring, and there’s no pride in being straight.

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June 18, 2019 at EDT pm

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Nerdy Indian guy with tall gorgeous blonde

Spotted in Midtown at about 11:30 PM. She was dressed to kill. I did a double-take and then a triple-take.

The most likely explanation is that he struck it rich at some tech startup, and she’s a gold digger.

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March 8, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Males and Females

Prostitution

Back when I was a libertarian, it was obvious what I was supposed to think about prostitution. But now that I am an HBD realist and a social conservative, I realize that the state has a place in protecting people from impulses that aren’t good for them or for society.

Legal framework

That said, criminalizing prostitution doesn’t make sense under the current legal and sexual framework. Once upon a time, sex was considered sacred and something that only should be done within marriage. Adultery was illegal. Pornography was illegal. Sodomy was certainly illegal! Strip clubs were illegal. Where once upon a time, people were expected to be virgins until they married (even though it may not have been true a lot of the time), today people are considered LOSERS if they reach a certain age and still haven’t had sex.

Today, almost anything goes between two consenting adults. But, apparently, not if one adult is paying the other adult. Unless we are filming porn, in which case, then it’s OK to pay the participants for having sex on camera.

In the dissent to Bowers v. Hardwick (1986), Justice Stevens wrote, “[T]he fact that the governing majority in a State has traditionally viewed a particular practice as immoral is not a sufficient reason for upholding a law prohibiting the practice.” As you know, Bowers was overruled by Lawrence v. Texas (2003).

In the recent case of Perez v. Roseville (9th Cir. 2018), the court writes, “Lawrence makes clear that the State may not stigmatize private sexual conduct simply because the majority has “traditionally viewed a particular practice,” such as extramarital sex, “as immoral.”

So I don’t see how prostitution can constitutionally be punished as a crime given what Courts have said about other types of sex.

Sex slaves in Florida

With respect to the news story from Florida, I find the sex-slave angle pretty dubious. How can anyone be “slave” in this day and age? Were there armed guards preventing these women from running away?

And if they really were “slaves,” how were the male clients supposed to know that? The New York Times did a series of article about how the workers at nail salons were slaves, but no one said that the women who went to nail salons were “monsters” because of that.

Despite that NY Times article, nail-salon slavery continues. It’s clear that we need to crack down on illegal immigration. We need entry-exit visa tracking. We need more immigration raids of businesses that employ foreign workers like nail salons, massage parlors and restaurants (where slavery also exists but no one accuses people who buy food of being “monsters”). Illegal immigration isn’t just bad for American workers, it’s also bad for the illegal immigrants.

They couldn’t afford better prostitutes?

The weirdest part of the story is that extremely rich people were going to this seedy-looking massage parlor in a strip mall.

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February 25, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Law, Males and Females

The Florida prostitution news story

The NY Times:

“I would never consider them prostitutes — it was really a rescue operation,” the sheriff said, training his anger at the men whose demand for sex kept the massage parlors in business. “The monsters are the men,” he added.

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February 23, 2019 at EDT pm

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The world’s nerdiest wedding

https://www.polygon.com/2019/2/22/18236362/final-fantasy-14-wedding

Has anyone actually purchased this service, or is it just a publicity stunt to get more people to play the game?

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February 22, 2019 at EDT pm

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Greece and out-of-wedlock births

Greece has the lowest rate of out-of-wedlock births in the EU. 9.4% in 2016.

Greece has least gender equality in the EU.

Once again, we see that out-of-wedlock births are highly correlated with gender equality.

Religion-wise, Greece is heavily into Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

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February 7, 2019 at EDT pm

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In Japan, out-of-wedlock births extremely rare

In Japan, out-of-wedlock births are 2% of all births. Holy ***! That’s amazing. How did Japan manage to totally buck global trends?

It’s not because of Christianity or any other religion. The majority of Japanese are atheists and only 2% are Christian.

And it’s not abortion. Theoretically, abortion on demand is illegal in Japan, but according to Wikipedia, “exceptions to the law are broad enough that it is widely accepted and practiced.” So Japan and Iceland have pretty similar access to abortion, but a vastly different out-of-wedlock birth rate.

There are two reasons:

(1) Japan has extremely low gender equality. Ranked 110 out of 144 nations. Gender equality leads to the end of marriage as we know it because the empirical evidence shows that when women don’t need men, they don’t get married.

(2) In Japan, they still believe in stigmatizing people for bad behavior. This NY Times article is pretty old, but the point is that relative to America and Europe, Japan is very different.

Why has Japan not had a surge in single mothers? For a start, it may be that Japanese teen-agers are less active sexually than young people abroad. Moreover, abortions are easily available — and common — for those who become pregnant.

But the most important factor is social pressure. Single mothers face economic and social discrimination. In Japan, having a baby without being married is still a humiliation.

In the United States, the Christian Right has been contributing to the increase in out-of-wedlock births, because they have been promoting the de-stigmatization of single-motherhood so that unmarried pregnant women won’t get abortions. (Probably, the de-stigmatization of single motherhood leads to more premarital sex without birth control because the consequences of pregnancy are not feared as much, which then leads to more unplanned pregnancies which then, ironically, leads to more abortions rather than fewer abortions.)

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February 7, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Males and Females

The end of marriage

In Iceland, in 2017, 71.2% of children were born to unwed mothers.

It’s no coincidence that Iceland ranks first in gender equality, plus Iceland has generous social benefits. When men are longer necessary (from the perspective of supporting women’s children), we see that the practice of marriage comes to an end.

The destruction of traditional family values is not caused by liberal abortion laws. Iceland’s abortion laws are actually ranked as more strict than most other developed countries. Technically, abortion on demand is not legal in Iceland as it is in the United States.

Nor is destruction of family values caused by non-whites. Iceland is one of the world’s whitest countries.

In the United States, in 2016, only 28.5% of white births were to unwed mothers. (And 12% for Asians, 52.6% for Hispanics, 69.8% for blacks.)

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February 7, 2019 at EDT am

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