Originally Posted by whitemares
I say that I don't understand why you'd say this because attracting new people to the game is absolutely vital to the continued existence of professional poker.
Having said that, I agree with your post for the most part. Sexism is everywhere though, and a lot of women can deal with it quite well. Not all women are quite as thin-skinned as you might believe. They know that people that behave like this are jokes and probably treat them as such.
I resonate with this post especially about the part of most women being thick skinned and being able to "take" the sexism that REGULARLY occurs at the tables. Honestly, 90% of it doesn't ruffle my feathers. That doesn't mean I don't notice it; but it has virtually no effect on my willingness to stay in the game. But I can't expect all women to be as thick skinned as me; and who knows how many women it keeps away. If it's true that only 5% of poker players are women then I don't think eliminating sexism would increase that to 50%. But would it increase it to 10% or 20%? Those are still quite compelling numbers...
On the other hand, I have a somewhat messed up, incestuous relationship with sexism in poker. If it deters new business it is bad for anyone who believes they have skill edge and since I'm also a woman it is clearly unpleasant for me to deal with (or at least irritating most of the time) and 10% of the time it bothers me so much that it affects my decisions either whether to play or how to play....BUT...I also personally benefit from the status quo. I feel like most of the time my ability to exploit their bias is more than worth the amount of discomfort I endure.
But as I (hope to) move up the ranks I expect sexism bias to help me less and less as my opponents get smarter.
If you're a female poker player, dudes like Mike Dentali are simultaneously the Nuts, and the nut low