Dungeons & Dragons Wouldn’t Be What It Is Today Without These Women
Arguing over minute details of infantries, historically-accurate musket use, or what square footage was represented by a movement counter was not, apparently, a popular free-time pursuit for women of the 1970s. And several women who did play D&D in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s struggled against the very male-centric culture it had absorbed. Their work helped make D&D what it is.
In the July 1980 issue of Dragon magazine, TSR’s official D&D publication, Jean Wells and her colleague Kim Mohan penned the editorial, “Women Want Equality. And Why Not?” Women from across the country had written in about the “unfair and degrading treatment of women players,” who comprised, they wrote, about 10 percent of D&D’s fanbase. One reader recalled how her adventuring party forced her to seduce a small band of dwarves so her party could kill them. Another told of how her Dungeon Master made her Cleric fall from her god’s graces when she became pregnant.
Why The FBI Investigated ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Players in the 1990s
An FBI memo written during the Unabomber investigation describes roleplayers as ’armed and dangerous,’ ’extremely intelligent individuals’ and ’overweight and not neat in appearance.’
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