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Sunday! Womens’ Tournament at Free Gold Watch

January 23, 2014

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This Sunday, Echa Schneider (Belles and Chimes) and Jessica Rogers are hosting a womens’ tournament at Free Gold Watch.  Registration is at 1 PM and the tournament starts at 2 PM.

Even if you don’t pack the requisite equipment to participate, Free Gold Watch has over 30 pinball games including Wizard of Oz, so it’s a good excuse to go perv some chicks play some pinball.

Free Gold Watch is located at 1767 Waller Street.  To get there via public trans from the east bay take the BART to Embarcadero and then take the N-Judah Muni train to the Carl/Cole stop.  Walk three blocks north on Cole then turn left on Waller for two blocks.

If driving, don’t park long term in the McDonalds or Whole Foods lots.  You WILL get towed.

If you have questions about the tournament email bellesandchimespinball@gmail.com

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Doube Standard permalink
    January 27, 2014 9:14 am

    The 2nd part of the joke, ‘perv some chicks’, seems to be a continuation of the 1st part of the joke “Move it Sausage Fest”/”Prizes,Snacks,Boobs,BYOBoobs”. It is unclear why exception is taken to part 2 of the joke but not part 1. Exception should be taken for both parts of the joke or both parts of the joke should be taken as humor.

  2. Mike B permalink
    January 24, 2014 10:59 am

    Sweet jesus people, lighten up! Everyone is so easily offended these days. I think the exclusiveness of the poster/invite is stupid, especially “move it sausage” & “boobs.” However, I think the ladies only league & events are a great idea.

    Be grateful that awareness of this event has been raised. I wouldn’t have heard of it if Jonny didn’t promote it. Seriously, do you honestly think that guys are going to head down there to lurk around, perving out because OMG girls are playing pinball, LOL.

  3. Jonny 0 permalink*
    January 23, 2014 9:06 pm

    Echa, I’m sorry you’ve felt objectified at my or other pinball tournaments. The fact is, I’ve always run my events as “come as you are”. Nerdy, geeky, aspergers, fat, skinny, weird, and so on. Generally, we can all laugh at ourselves for our relative oddness, but when I saw it getting out of hand or trending toward abusive, I put a stop to it. The fact is, I grew up with an odd cast of characters in the arcades. Arcade people and their odd personalities are what I know.

    That’s not what it is in this case.

    Doing your own thing is fine. Wanting a friendly environment is fine.

    Advertising boobs and simultaneously saying “Move it, Sausage”?

    It doesn’t enhance or even suggest parity.

  4. January 23, 2014 8:15 pm

    Jon –

    Yes, most of the men in pinball do not behave inappropriately towards women players. I agree that organized pinball events, as a whole, are a far less misogynistic environment than events in many other male-dominated interest areas.

    HOWEVER. The reality is that there is a pervasive problem with women being made to feel unwelcome and uncomfortable at pinball events. Being “perved on” is part of the reason for that. If you are unaware of that reality after all your experience running pinball events, then it is simply because you are not listening to your players, because this is not a secret.

    I don’t know why you think it’s appropriate to make “jokes” about encouraging predatory behavior towards anyone who attends pinball events, but it isn’t. That’s not a controversial position in the pinball community. You have been told that it isn’t before, by me and by lots of other people. It’s easy to avoid future drama about stuff like this. Just stop doing it.

  5. January 23, 2014 8:09 pm

    Jon –

    Yes, most of the men in pinball do not behave inappropriately towards women players. I agree that organized pinball events, as a whole, are a far less misogynistic environment than events in many other male-dominated interest areas.

    HOWEVER. The reality is that there is a pervasive problem with women being made to feel unwelcome and uncomfortable at pinball events. Being “perved on” is part of the reason for that. If you are unaware of that reality after all your experience running pinball events, then it is simply because you are not listening to your players. This is not a secret.

    I don’t know why you think it’s appropriate to make “jokes” about encouraging predatory behavior towards anyone who attends pinball events, but it isn’t. That’s not a controversial position in the pinball community. You have been told that it isn’t before, by me and by lots of other people. So just stop.

  6. Jonny 0 permalink*
    January 23, 2014 5:09 pm

    Wow, what a tirade. hahaha It’s only pinball!

    @Andy – The guys in pinball, on the whole, treat women with plenty of respect. I have run over 40 tournaments over four years and helped out at probably 20 more. If there was a pervasive problem with pervy guys at pinball events I wouldn’t have joked about it. If there are women (and men) who can’t take a joke, I don’t want them at my events, PERIOD, particularly when they seem fine with dishing it out but not when taking it.

    @Steph Fries – I’m sorry you have such a low opinion of men that you think my little tongue in cheek jab is enough to draw raincoat-clad guys with sunglasses out of their basements to watch women play pinball. I think the only way I could have encouraged such behavior even more is if I also included a poster advertising BOOBS. Oh wait…

    @Greg – If my responses to Andy and Steph didn’t make it perfectly clear, it’s a joke, and in light of what’s on the poster, I think wholly in-context and fair. You know their league slogan is “Move it Sausage!” right? They even put it on their league T-shirts. What grade-level is “Move it Sausage”? Must be at least 9th grade since you didn’t comment on it.

    But on the subject of jokes, can you imagine the uproar if I started a league with the slogan “Move it, Clam!”? Somehow this obvious double-standard is not only accepted it’s encouraged. In fact, encouraged doesn’t adequately describe it. It’s defended with evangelical zeal by some. I guess somehow, despite my low class, I can chuckle and get over “Move it Sausage”, “No balls required”, etc. but the more evolved uh… classy crowd can’t laugh when responded to in-kind. We low class people refer to this phenomenon as “butthurt”.

  7. Molly Atkinson permalink
    January 23, 2014 4:33 pm

    Damn Jonny! How many people need to tell you you’re being an asshole before you realize you’re BEING AN ASSHOLE?! You do so much hard work, and then negate it beyond recognition with this persistent misogynist crap! CUT IT OUT, come on! It is not hard to not make these statements.

  8. January 23, 2014 4:05 pm

    Hey Jonny.

    Just a heads-up… some of the ladies in B&C are pretty uncomfortable with the “perv some chicks” line. It’s a gag, but we probably don’t want to encourage creepoid leering behavior in our less-evolved male brethren.

  9. Steph Fries permalink
    January 23, 2014 3:17 pm

    Thanks for the write-up ! We look forward to all of the pervy jerkoffs who show up to this tournament after taking your HILARIOUS “perv some chicks” joke as a wink and a nod to do so.

  10. January 23, 2014 2:11 pm

    Ah yes, the suggestion that men go ‘perv some chicks’ is really encouraging. Crossed out or no, this is gross and an obvious sideswipe at everyone trying to erase the image of pinball being filled with dudes at an 8th-grade mentality. Your class levels continue to know no bounds.

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