The First Female Gamers
Here’s a fascinating article by Jon Peterson that was published on Medium.com detailing the history of female gamers, from wargamers to D&D. It talks about their struggles, early involvement and non-involvement, general dismissal based on cultural mores of the times and more.
Its interesting to me to see that women connected to fantasy and to roleplaying more than wargaming because it was assessed as more personal and less directly competitive. Men seemed to think of each other as adversaries whereas women seemed to like group activities where people worked together more. I wonder if this is still the case. If so, it highlights a particularly significant psychological divide between the sexes, although in the modern age, people cross the line in both directions.
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