joannaardway wrote:Why lower yourself to the level of reflecting the crap?
Or even as many of us are guilty of - looking back several years to the past of soaking.
We are living in the here and now.
Your forum is focusing on the female "water warrior" even if those warriors are wearing bikinis, and are being paid to have photos taken.
I'm sorry, but here you have the one regular female water warrior, and you're rather overlooking my views.
In truth, that's not the most favourable image of "female water warriors" to have broadcast worldwide - at least from my perspective.
EDIT/Final note: I dump what I would normally prefer to keep to myself over the topic, and it's overlooked. That's really not how I percieve you.
I see your point with the "Female Warrior" issue. And I supose that is how others will interpred the R-Forum. I however never considered those models to be anything close to "Warrior", same like the Max-Infusion spokes model dude. Which is were the parody comes in.
If we would have to deal with actual females in water wars, the issues would have to be adressed different, since the problem is social and cultural. According to sociological stats girls in general don't grow up with toy guns. Now there have been new paintball female groups turning up, but they are more concious about gender roles than kids. The R-Forum difinatly does not say "hey everyone, this is what actual female water fighters look like!" Believing that would be somewhat 2 dimenional. The R-Forum simply points out questionable quality with questionable quality. While it adreesses certain gender elements such as "manlyness", it doesn't adress gender itself. Atleast not at the serious level.
Granted, some feminsits would say that valuing "manlyness" is discriminating in itself, I would say that its not gender exclusive and simply a traditional word to explain a universal concepts. becasue lets face it, even the word "emancipation" has the term "man" in it.
As to why sinking to their level, it adds more expression and freshness to the messege. At least to me.
As for why looking back at old soakers is very simple. As soakers are concearned, they are the only ones I actualy like. Without them, I would not even be here. I have no decication to the present or future of retail soakers or other future users. In those realms, I am not a soaker fan, and have as much thought about it as about Lasertag or Nerf Football. Without my staying interst of older soakers, I would simply do what other veteran users have done in the past. Which is flipping off soakers alltogether and finding a different hobby.