Guys go ahead and talk all the smack you want, but I'm on my way out, and I wanted to say a couple things before the door slams on my fat ass.
First of all! There are many, many cool women in the pinball hobby. Truly kickass people. Women are owners, women are pinball techs, women run events and arcades, women are modding, women are restoring, women are buying and selling, and women are playing like never before.
Why do we never hear about any of it in Pinside? What is going on? Women here are just fap fodder. There are thousands and thousands of pics of nude or primarily nude women, and there are plenty of threads about "hot chixxx on the backglass", and there are hundreds of jabs about how women love shopping for purses or shoes...but this is 2015. Women are an important facet to the pinball hobby, and we are everywhere. EXCEPT Pinside. This is the only pinball arena where women are dogged on, and not just dogged on, but dogged on in such a stupid and embarrassing way. Really? You guys come to a pinball forum to share all of this weak softcore? Why?
So here's to some badass pinball women. Here's to Phoebe, who has been kicking ass in the hobby for decades. She busts her butt to get games to the shows, and was on the forefront of game restoration waaaaay back. Phoebe you are awesome (and I covet your Warlok)!
Here's to Sarah, who started the Pinball Wizard arcade up in NH. Smart as a whip and a kickass lady. Sarah I hope to get up there someday.
Here's to Echa Schneider who started Belles and Chimes in SF and runs tons of events in the Bay Area, also a tremendous player. Echa you inspired a lot of women with your league and it's great to see you kicking pinball ass.
Here's to Nicole Reik, who started the Pinball Outreach Program, which places pinball machines in children's hospitals and also opened a brick and mortar location where kids can play for free! Badass.
And I didn't even scratch the surface. I'm sure this thread will be locked less than five minutes, but instead of using the thread to denigrate women and enforce your horse crap turr hurr LADY OPINIONS, maybe say something cool about a woman in the hobby. Women aren't in this life for a freakin' purse, or to regulate male game buying, yet you'd never know it from the World's Premier Pinball Site. It really is backwards, gross, and shameful. I don't want this garbage clutter in my life so I asked Robin to retire me ASAP. I guess PezPunk is the only one left willing to stand up for women, and Pez I can't tell you how much I have appreciated your commentary here recently. It is sad how much you get attacked for pointing out the obvious but don't think it went unnoticed.
Pinside has some great folks, and anyone I've communicated with here is free to contact me off Pinside to continue, firstname.lastname@example.org. I have met some great pin folk here but there's just too much loud trash cluttering the site for me to wade through, and much of it does nothing but slam my gender for no reason.
Next time you get online to say something shitty about a woman, or post a pic of a model with her legs spread across a game, take a few minutes in the mirror first to see if you have any room to talk. It's ok to treat women well, guys, and good things come from it.