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Why Do Tabletop RPGs Have Such a Gender Ratio Imbalance? What Can Be Done to Improve the Balance?

by Hawke Robinson published Nov 02, 2012 12:30 AM, last modified Aug 15, 2015 02:47 AM
This topic has come up so many times in so many locations, I wanted to try to (eventually) get enough insights, to begin having some direction for some targeted research to attempt some kind of genuine answer. Until then, just some thoughts and suggestions about the possible reasons why, and also suggestions as to what might help bring more balance?

Especially if you are are female and enjoy tabletop role-playing games, why do you think it is such a male-dominated environment?

What would you suggest TT RPGers could do to help even out the ratio of male to female tabletop RPG gamers both as the mix at the table for each group, and for more (mixed gender) groups run by females?