Très intéressante lecture.
La section "DESIGNING FEMALE CHARACTERS" donne de chouettes conseils pratiques.
Often it is not a serious problem if gamers don't quite understand their character's mindset or fudge the details on behavior. It is just a game, and rarely will a real Mafia hitman or elven wizard be watching and criticizing the level of realism.
But when playing a character (or NPC) of a different gender/ethnic background than yourself, the line between poetic license and offensive stereotyping thins, especially if someone of that gender/ethnicity (or someone who is dating one) is sitting right across the table.
While it is pleasant for gaming publications to assume players and gamemasters lack flaws, playing in many campaigns quickly proves otherwise, and it is individuals' behaviors which are responsible for shaping and eventually changing the gaming community.
A disturbingly large number of male players we have seen make female characters in these two stereotypes [a "Complete Slut" or a "Total Bitch"] -- inhumanly beautiful babes who sleep with anyone to get their way or obnoxious, whiny or cruel "ice queens."
Women don't think of femininity as different or strange, any more than men think it's odd to be male [...]. When growing up [...], you assume everyone is just like you. Most self-confident little girls growing up in modern America see that they can do anything boys can [..] If anything, women seem superior to men. (Of course, not everyone has a lot of self-confidence.)
A 45-year-old woman who calls her mother every day is considered to have a good relationship with her. A 45-year-old man who calls his mother every day is considered "tied to her apron strings.
As hard as this might be to hear, often the problem is not that the women don't like games, but that women don't like gamers.
As one long-time female gamer confessed to us recently, "even though everyone in my present game are really nice to me, I never feel included in their jokes. When they try to include me, it ends up feeling like they're doing me a favor rather than accepting me as an equal participant."