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New IGN Contest: No Girls Allowed

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IGN is holding a contest that will send one lucky winner on an "Insider Access" trip to the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con that could include a meet-and-greet with Peter Jackson and the cast and crew of District 9, but there's a catch: Only boys can play.

The winner of IGN's District 9 VIP Access Sweepstakes will be sent to Comic-Con in San Diego where they will be an "IGN Special Correspondent," a job that's probably not overly demanding but will no doubt include a lot of perks, including a possible meet-and-greet with Peter Jackson and the cast and crew of District 9. The grand prize includes airfare to San Diego, two nights accommodations, two weekend passes to Comic-Con and access to special District 9 events taking place during the show.

The standard contest restrictions apply: Entrants must be residents of the United States, must be available to travel to San Diego for the weekend of July 23-26, must grant the right to use name and likeness for future publicity purposes, etc. But one unusual requirement sticks out from all the rest like a sore Adam's Apple: The contest is only open to males.

There are a lot of good reasons for this, of course. Chicks don't like comic books. Chicks don't understand sci-fi. Asking a chick to "cover" a complex, multi-layered film like District 9 is unfair and obviously expecting way too much. And let's face it, this is an internet contest so it's not like many chicks are going to find out about it anyway.

In spite of all that, it's difficult to understand why, with all the "women's lib" stuff that's so popular these days, IGN would choose to have a contest that's only open to the dudes. I thought for a second that perhaps the "males only" angle was meant to reflect the movie's themes of segregation and exclusion, but then I remembered that this is IGN we're talking about. Maybe there will be strippers?

Whatever the case, I'm sure the boyfriends of the nation will be happy to explain it using small words and short sentences when they get home.

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That's just... bad. No matter how you spin it. We're past things as large as boys-only voting, for fuck's sake, why would we devolve to have a boys only contest?

Ugh... I can't even find a good enough fail or facepalm picture to show my dissapointment on this.

Well im a boy so i qualify for this contest, but honestly the prize sounds really lame. I dont want to meet peter jackson or the people from district9. In my group of friends its only girls who care about comi-con, so why cant they just take my place? I guess no one at IGN has a girlfriend? Do they employ women at IGN, so many questions come up now.

xmetatr0nx:
Well im a boy so i qualify for this contest, but honestly the prize sounds really lame. I dont want to meet peter jackson or the people from district9. In my group of friends its only girls who care about comi-con, so why cant they just take my place? I guess no one at IGN has a girlfriend? Do they employ women at IGN, so many questions come up now.

Jessica Chobot?

(I think thats her name?)

Since they clearly haven't justified such a decision already, I call that this is just wrong.

That's...stupid. Humanity fails again. God, it's getting so depressing anymore.

This is good, except everyones gonna start screaming "BAWW Equal Rights!"

Just to clear that up, it's their contest, and they have no obligation to make it multi-gender. I'm sure after all the complaints, they'll cave and give the women some contest of their own. The prize sucks anyways though, it should be something manly, like a week splitting wood or working in a chewing tobacco factory.

Number 1: This is obviously an attempt to generate controversy and thus press. Any press is good press, yeah?

Number 2: If they had a contest open only to girls, no one would bat an eye. So why the double-standard?

"Whatever the case, I'm sure the boyfriends of the nation will be happy to explain it using small words and short sentences when they get home."

That made me laugh out loud.

Christ. I think you could possibly be over reacting.

So it's only open to males, so what? I'm sure they'll equal it up with a female only contest too. Maybe theres a more a specific reason?

Either way, it's not exactly trying to highlight the fact it's only for men are they?

chronobreak:
This is good, except everyones gonna start screaming "BAWW Equal Rights!"

Just to clear that up, it's their contest, and they have no obligation to make it multi-gender. I'm sure after all the complaints, they'll cave and give the women some contest of their own. The prize sucks anyways though, it should be something manly, like a week splitting wood or working in a chewing tobacco factory.

Your so rig- BAWW Equal Rights!

The whole: "male-only" theme is just wrong in so many ways that it's just plain stupid. I thought we evolved enough to know that women are equal to men, and that they too can be complete nerds (not using it demeaningly here).

P.S: A posibility to meet Peter jackson is great! Don't know about the District 9 thing as I've never seen it.

I applaud your use of irony, Malygris.

And I can't wait to hear IGN try to explain this one.

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I'd love to meet Peter Jackson, though! But I live in Canada...

The biggest comic book fan I know is actually a pretty attractive chick.... she puts most boys to shame with her comic book knowledge. That's a bad call on IGN's part, I gotta say.

I would be offended by this, but I don't really like the prize so I wouldn't bother to complain to enter it in the first place.
Just shows how shallow and fickle some people can be, though. I'm surprised there wasn't an age restriction on it or anything. And height regulations. And you have to have green eyes. And blonde hair. And you're left handed. And shoe size of at least 8 (but no more than 10). And you own a kitten. And your name is Jonathan...

Hahaha, oh wow. Way to morally bankrupt yourself 'the collective known as IGN'.

Perhaps they're worried that over half of gamers nowadays are females? Only reasoning I can see behind this, which still makes it unusual.

Unless its changed in the last 30 minutes meaning it was probably a computer glitch on their end or something, there is a Female(F) tick box right next to the Male(M) one. I just made a fake entry and signed up as a female without any problem.

Edit: Ok I just read the bit at the bottom of the page thats a bit odd.

heh heh, what? Must be a misspelling in the rules. It doesn't matter at all, but really? Wow. This is less momentous than, say, other stuff that makes me lose my faith in humanity, but it still chips away at it.

And I agree, the prize is a bit lackluster. - except for the whole trip to San Diego for the Comic-Con.

Is it the same thing as the Nihilum mix-up maybe? Ofcourse there's no reason for it to be but still.

Well, actually I don't have a problem with this. There are plenty of women-only contests and such out there sponsored by cosmetic companies and the like. I believe "I can't believe it's not butter" did a "win a dream weekend with Fabio" contest years ago for example.

So really, having a "no chicks allowed" contest is perfectly fine by me. People simply don't think these things through. It's quite possible that the prize is very man-oriented, just like a "Dream date" with Fabio is women oriented (since I don't think he's gay all jokes aside, and if he is it doesn't work with his image).

It would be more of an issue if say for example the contest was "No Fat Chicks" and required that female contestants send pictures.

Also as one final point, since they are probably catering to fandom geeks it's quite possible they want a "this could be you" approach to the whole thing for future promotions. Thus they want some greasy neckbeard who fits the "every fanboy" stereotype as they see it to show off in later pictures.

Just my thoughts.

>>>----Therumancer--->

Sounds gay.

...Literally, sounds like someone's only keen on being surrounded by the good'ol "meat fire hose" if you know what I mean... To each his own I guess...

This is the stuff. We *dominant* males need to work our way up to the top so that women can go back to their remedial tasks and cooking, and to make us men our sons and (preferably not) daughters that we can sell on to Farmer John for his fattest pig.

While we're on the topic, those females can just go back to their homes and not drive and cause most road accidents and are worse at driving than anymale, they should not work in offices because they ruin their bosses careers when they seduce them, they should not be allowed to vote (especially blondes) as they have no clue on politics whatsoever and all current female politicians need fired at once, and finally they should allow a married man beat his wife to control her - they only won last time because thier dumb minds got onto the streets in protest.

Oh and also, if, by some miracle a woman is reading this (most likely a man in a woman's body), step away from the computer and everything will be ok - jsu tyou go get your manicure, peticure, cut, colouring and make up done for your husband. If you dont have a husband go marry the first man who is interested in you and make it your life's work to please him.

Thats the way Ron would have wanted it.

**NOTE**: I dont agree with what I just said I was being completely sarcastic throughout and I really do think that near-equality is a good thing and that blondes are equally as intelligent
Please don't kill me.

I have seen plenty of women only contests, so I really don't think this is that big of a deal. A few segregations of the sexes is completely ok and there is no outright chauvinism involved in this at all, It's a contest for guys. Though I can't see a reason a women couldn't enter this I don't believe this is a cause for alarm. Women get their perks, Ladies nights at bars, When a band is filming a music video, and you really like the band, but they want 3 girls to every guy for the shoot, Women can get an assortment of jobs without harassment but say A guy wants to be a model or cut hair, he's assumed feminine and gay, but when a woman wants to be a cop (at least nowadays) no one questions here. This is just an IGN contest its not a big deal. There's also those law issues about men and womens different times spent incarcerated for the same crime. I am all for global equality, this to me does not show any inequality, its simply a contest that only guys can enter, its not like your right to vote is being taken away.

It is really weird, because in all likelihood the winner would've been male anyway.

Esc.Control:

Number 2: If they had a contest open only to girls, no one would bat an eye. So why the double-standard?

Yeah, I'm finding a lot of double standards in equality talks these days. But I'd actually like an example in which a contest was open to only girls..

As a girl I don't really care...

I don't think it was a wise decision on IGN's part for public image, but there's no reason to throw a hissy fit over it. I'm curious to hear if they do give a reasoning behind this though. Maybe Peter Jackson is gynophobic?

If I had seen this contest some time ago I probably would've found it to be quite saddening, as I would like to think that we've at least advanced far enough as a society to know that men and women are equal beings and should be treated as such.

Now however I must say that I do not object in the least to a men's only contest. Why? In recent years there has been a ridiculous increase in the number of women's only programs and the like. Women's only gyms, the high school WISE program, women's only trains, women's only contests, etc.

I take no issue with gender equality, but that's not what seems to be coming about. Some women have moved past wanting to have the same rights as men to wanting to have their own personal programs in which men are unwelcome, while at the same time seeking to be welcome to any program of which a man can be a part.

I know that this "wrong" will not make the situation right, but I think it may start people thinking--had this been a women's only contest no one would've given it a second thought, but a men's only contest!? Heaven forbid. Think about it, perhaps.

Therumancer:

It would be more of an issue if say for example the contest was "No Fat Chicks" and required that female contestants send pictures.

They've had plenty of those - never heard of "Miss Video Game," eh?

If the prize is appealing to members of both genders, both genders should be able to enter. Period. What I'm also confused by is the "who are at least between 18-24 years of age..." bit. So...does that mean if you're 25, you're out? Or that you simply have to be a legal adult?

IGN is going to catch Flak for this, no doubt.

Esc.Control:
If they had a contest open only to girls, no one would bat an eye. So why the double-standard?

This, very much so.
Girls get exclusive stuff it's all good, guys get something just for them and it's sexist.

It seems to me that the whole equal rights issue is now the other way round...

VitalSigns:
I have seen plenty of women only contests, so I really don't think this is that big of a deal. A few segregations of the sexes is completely ok and there is no outright chauvinism involved in this at all, It's a contest for guys. Though I can't see a reason a women couldn't enter this I don't believe this is a cause for alarm. Women get their perks, Ladies nights at bars, When a band is filming a music video, and you really like the band, but they want 3 girls to every guy for the shoot, Women can get an assortment of jobs without harassment but say A guy wants to be a model or cut hair, he's assumed feminine and gay, but when a woman wants to be a cop (at least nowadays) no one questions here. This is just an IGN contest its not a big deal. There's also those law issues about men and womens different times spent incarcerated for the same crime. I am all for global equality, this to me does not show any inequality, its simply a contest that only guys can enter, its not like your right to vote is being taken away.

i agree, even as a guy the prize to me doesnt sound that impressive or overwhelming.

I still haven't got over being denied entry to Miss World...

http://www.menarebetterthanwomen.com/

Come on, we all know we men are superior in all ways that matter.
Women can be great entertainment though, so I can't see the reasoning for this move unless the entire point is to start controversy and with that awareness of the contest.

Shit, you people are such tools.

I don't see the problem here. It's not just a contest for the sake of winning, it's to be an IGN correspondent. IGN has the right to choose what kind of person they want to fill that position. Especially when by "kind" all they mean is a guy. It's not like they're only letting whites in or anything.

D_987:

xmetatr0nx:
Well im a boy so i qualify for this contest, but honestly the prize sounds really lame. I dont want to meet peter jackson or the people from district9. In my group of friends its only girls who care about comi-con, so why cant they just take my place? I guess no one at IGN has a girlfriend? Do they employ women at IGN, so many questions come up now.

Jessica Chobot?

(I think thats her name?)

jessica chobot is a conservative, so yea, she is probably cool with sexism

Caliostro:
Sounds gay.

...Literally, sounds like someone's only keen on being surrounded by the good'ol "meat fire hose" if you know what I mean... To each his own I guess...

RAPE IN IMMINENT

megapenguinx:

Esc.Control:

Number 2: If they had a contest open only to girls, no one would bat an eye. So why the double-standard?

Yeah, I'm finding a lot of double standards in equality talks these days. But I'd actually like an example in which a contest was open to only girls..

are you serious? think hard, REALLY hard.

okay woah, too hard.

there was one recently, it threw gasoline on the gay fire...

they also CONSTANTLY have girls contest for girly shit, like you know...girls shit. video games is serious buisness, and primarily made of mens, so why not?

i think its great, dude only means you dont have to hear constant complaints from your contest winner, zing!

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