The fact of the matter is NEO, that pinball culture picked back up, and it's evolving. History is one thing, the future is another. When a hobby blows up, it changes.
Women are playing in droves now. If they aren't doing so where you are, they will be soon; everyone wants to hang out at the hip new barcade, not just gray haired male pinny crusters. More and more women will be at the shows, leagues, tourneys. Yes, pinball did get a rep back when: seedy diddler guys hanging out too close to children in arcades. Pinball all but died out, we were there. But what luck! Pinball has another shot! So why are so many of you so dead set on keeping everything "pervy" like in the past? That's what did us in last time, interest sputtered out. Now we have a chance to try again and ya just want to make all the same mistakes.
Just try treating women like equals once or twice today, instead of reducing us to boobie imagery and stereotypes about shopping. You don't have to become a new man or anything, just....next time you feel the urge to post something demoralizing to a woman, think for a second "hey maybe I'm being a crusty old creep here, I might instead go outside and walk around for a few minutes instead". Being good to women should not be a difficult challenge, lots of guys do it. Perpetuating the Boys Club thing is just so tired. "MAAAAN CAAAAAAVE"....zzzzzzzzzz
How about some cool stories about women doing cool pin stuff? Sarah with her hundred game lineup in NH, Echa with her wildly successful and revolutionary Belles and Chimes? Margaret Hudson interview! "Women in pinball" simply does not mean sexed up art and booth babes anymore, come out of your cave FFS! Y'all should be GLAD to have women around and instead you choose to ignore it and post titty thrill junk all day. Cut the perv stuff even by a fraction, and it'll serve you well.
The history of something only dictates the future of that thing if the same mistakes are repeated. Otherwise the future is something new. It will not physically harm any of you to take note of this and start doing a better job of trying to encourage healthy growth in pinball, just like it wouldn't hurt you to self-tilt or save the sexist imagery for a sub forum. Make a choice: either keep at things the way you're used to or effect positive change where you have an opportunity to do so. Pinball IS NOT where it was back when, but if everyone continues to try to discourage women from participating , it'll be 2003 again before ya know it. Rollercoaster Tycoon days. IMO Pinside could be at the forefront of the pinball resurgence and instead it's a hub where everything bad about the hobby from a decade ago just kinda festers.
And with that, let the thumbs downing commence!