Traveling Philosopher: Maybe this is why we don't have more women playing Magic...
  1. Maybe this is why we don’t have more women playing Magic…

    [Warning: profanity and sexual references]

    (Trigger Warning: sexual assault)

    I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately, mostly about Magic: the Gathering. I’ve been checking out a lot of different ones lately, and yesterday I came across Imp’s Prison hosted by this guy named Angelo. I was listening to Imp’s Prison #5, in which Angelo is talking with Kevy Metal from the Heavy Meta podcast. Angelo tells this story about an ex-girlfriend of his, and makes the following comments:

    “This is how I broke up with her… We was up in my room, and… I’m fucking just railing the shit out of her… And I fucking go dry right into her fucking ass, and I hold her in place until I finish… I grab her, and I just… shove it in her ass dry and I hold her there until I’m done. So I get done, right, and I let her go, and she literally like crawls into the corner and fucking curls up like Gollum on Lord of the Rings…”

    Angelo and Kevy are laughing about this story the whole time. Look, I don’t care how annoying this girl might have been. This is not acceptable. Holding her down and having sex with her against her will is not acceptable. Laughing about it later makes the whole thing even worse. Even if she was a willing participant in sex up to that point, the moment she no longer consents means you have no right to her body.

    You know, there’s a word for any act of sexual intercourse that is forced upon a person.

    Making women feel welcome in our game stores and our Magic tournaments means we have to treat them with respect. But this isn’t merely disrespectful towards women: it’s an endorsement of sexual assault.

    I hope the Magic community can rise above this and be better. We owe it to women, and we owe it to ourselves.

    - Bud


    EDIT: It was brought to my attention by one of my readers that some people think I’m trying to cast all Magic players in a negative light. Clearly I’m not - I happen to be one of those Magic players - but I wanted to add this clarification just so people aren’t confused. I think most of the Magic community would find what was said in this podcast with Angelo and Kevy Metal to be heinous and very, very wrong. That’s why I posted this in the first place: we can’t let things like this go unchecked in the Magic community.