I asked in the past if it would be possible to defend a male space without making it hostile to women. A group of gamers last year in Texas decided to answer that question with a no. These gamers setup a LAN party to celebrate the launch of Battlefield 3. (A LAN party is where a group of gamers get together in person to play a video game. Because it’s in person, their computers are networked over a local area network, hence the name.) The organizers of this LAN party decided to ban women from the event. Ostensibly, the reason for the ban was the “misogyny” of the male gamers, but what the organizers said reveals a different message:
Nothing ruins a good LAN party like uncomfortable guests or lots of tension, both of which can result from mixing immature, misogynistic male-gamers with female counterparts. Though we’ve done our best to avoid these situations in years past, we’ve certainly had our share of problems. As a result, we no longer allow women to attend this event.
Later, that paragraph was changed to:
This event is a ‘gentlemen’s retreat’; as such we do not allow women to attend.
After that they added:
We actively discourage gamers from being the kind of mysogynistic jackwagons seen in the Reddit post, and such behavior should not be tolerated. Frankly, we don’t like that kind of player either. So far as this event goes, it is an special event designed specifically for male gamers. Further, it is meant as a getaway designed to help said male contingent become better men both for themselves and for those who love us.
Whenever someone wants to “combat misogyny” this is not how it gets handled. The method used is the exact opposite. Men would be banned. Quotas for female gamers would be instated. Instead what we have here is women being banned. This is exactly what you would expect if a man was trying to defend a male space and cover it up by being “anti-misogyny”.
In the future, I am sure we will see more of this sort of thing including the use of being “against misogyny” to hide the defense of a male space from feminists.