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Stanford Professor: Dungeons and Dragons Perpetuates Systems of White, Male Privilege
Breitbart ^ | April 17, 2018 | Tim Ciccotta

Posted on 04/18/2018 5:10:05 AM PDT by C19fan

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To: dljordan

It will get exponentially worse unless there is a major course correction.

41 posted on 04/18/2018 8:26:00 AM PDT by Architect of Avalon
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To: FrdmLvr

Having a hobby would indicate that the person has the free time and discretionary income to engage in this,and is therefore privileged, according to these people. It would be better if what time they didn’t spend working to pay taxes was spent waiting in line for the necessities of life as determined by government agencies.</sarc>

42 posted on 04/18/2018 9:05:01 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: Tammy8

As a white male born in a poor family that instilled traditional values and demanded that I get an education, I know the key to white “privilege”, and it’s not my reduced melanin. The key is values, character, and effort. If you listen to our recently unemployed communist leader, and if you believe “you didn’t build that”, you will never build anything. If you believe effort can, should, and will be rewarded, you have “privilege”, regardless of skin color.

43 posted on 04/18/2018 9:40:55 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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To: stinkerpot65
Leftist scum crave the destruction of any vestige of Western culture and masculinity.

Yes, we in the DnD crowd were always the most masculine group at school. LOL

44 posted on 04/18/2018 9:48:53 AM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: C19fan

Well the Standford professor should wean himself of pretty much all literature then.

45 posted on 04/18/2018 10:50:04 AM PDT by Sam Gamgee
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To: C19fan

Groan. What a crock....

46 posted on 04/18/2018 12:03:16 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Teacher317

Well, yeah, the players are not masculine, the context of the stories are.

47 posted on 04/18/2018 1:19:02 PM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: C19fan
I wonder if this Breitbart author knows what he's talking about? His claim is that this Stanford Prof's article talks about "white privilege" and "male privilege" in D&D. Yet the only supporting documentation, the only quotes he provides, is the text of this abstract:

"Focusing on how the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons is built on a system of play that has grown and shifted over the course of 40 years, this study emphasizes the central role that systems play in mediating the experiences of participants. By focusing on depictions of gender, race, and power in Dungeons & Dragons — as a singular cultural practice — this study highlights how researchers must attend to cultural production both around and within systems."

That sounds pretty innocuous to me. Besides that quote, the only link that Breitbart gives is to a page on that contains only that exact same quote, and a means by which you can pay $$ for access to the entire publication that this article was included in (p 232-246 of how many more "scholarly articles"? ... no thanks!)

Also, this same author has been hanging out at D&D games here in Ft Collins for years, taking notes (funded by a $70K research grant), and the resulting articles he's published on D&D seems to be supportive, not adversarial. Eg, at this link:
he contrasts paper & dice board-games like D&D favorably with digital/online games: "...this talk explores how the roots of tabletop gaming foster collaboration, learning, and player agency. Further, through dialogue and historical analysis, this research considers how non-digital forms of interactive media are enacted in an era fueled by online vitriol, nationalism, and gamergate...."

We already have enough people on the Left who are looking under every rock for evidence of White Male Privilege that isn't there. We don't also need anyone on OUR side looking under every rock for WMP-seeking Lefties who aren't there. There are plenty of well-documented cases of leftists imagining WMP, so why do we need to imagine more cases of the same that might not exist?

With *any* type of persuasive argument, as you state your case by collecting anecdotes that back you up, there is a fatal temptation to stretch your list out to the max by including "just a few more" bullet points that deep down you know or suspect shouldn't be on your list. When you do that, the other side will seize on those 1 or 2 items, debunk them, and use that to destroy your entire argument in the eyes of others.

48 posted on 04/18/2018 4:48:36 PM PDT by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC ("Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt" - Pr. Herbert Hoover)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

49 posted on 04/18/2018 4:59:37 PM PDT by wally_bert (I didn't get where I am today by selling ice cream tasting of bookends, pumice stone & West Germany)
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To: Timocrat

I used to work with a guy who was a cousin to the creators.

Nice fellow.

50 posted on 04/18/2018 5:01:21 PM PDT by wally_bert (I didn't get where I am today by selling ice cream tasting of bookends, pumice stone & West Germany)
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To: CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC

Uhhh......this is the internet in 2018. Pretty sure you are just supposed to read the headline and make a snap judgement based on some sort of perceived outrage. Your considered response is confusing and probably has no place here.

That said, I cast micro-aggression at the snowflake monsters.


51 posted on 04/18/2018 5:04:16 PM PDT by Ransomed
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