Desoladies is a supportive, women-focused organization designed to unite, promote, and advocate for women in the Dota 2 scene. Membership is open to all types of women, as well as allies who believe in our mission. Desoladies encourages diversity and inclusivity in the Dota 2 scene by providing unique, interesting, and uplifting content and conversation. The organization both creates and promotes opportunities for women in the Dota 2 scene.
Desoladies offers several ways for members to connect with each other and the larger Dota community. Our current central hub of communication is a partnered Discord server with nearly 300 members. Inhouses, stacks, coaching, game discussion, and general chat are available in the Desoladies Discord.
Desoladies has both an official Twitch account and a stream team. You’ll find at least one of our stream team members online each day. Our monthly talk show, “The Grill,” is hosted on the Desoladies Twitch channel and posted on our YouTube channel afterwards. The Desoladies channel also hosts special events and occasional streams of ranked and unranked Dota, cosplay, and more.
Membership in Desoladies is open to everyone and is divided into two roles:
Desoladies: Open to all types of women, regardless of sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, nationality, background, race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability status, etc. This role is also open to genderqueer, non-binary, other gendered, or agender people who strongly identify with the Desoladies goals and mission.
Allies: Open to everyone who wishes to show support for the Desoladies group. All types of men will be assigned this role by default. The role is also open to genderqueer, non-binary, other gendered, and agender people who do not identify with the Desoladies group, as well as any women who do not want to become full members.
While Dota 2 is a great game, certain segments of the Dota 2 community can be incredibly toxic—and these parts of the community are toxic in specific, targeted ways towards women. Desoladies offers a space for women, allies, and like-minded individuals to enjoy Dota 2 and gaming culture without the hostility and harassment that are far too common in public forums. In other words, we’re the change we wish to see in the community.
We understand that not everyone is interested in joining Desoladies and not everyone will be accepted into Desoladies—and that’s okay. Our organization serves the needs of our existing Desoladies members first, and in that respect, we are a success.
It depends on your definition of a support group or a safe space. Ultimately, Desoladies is a respectful place where members can have productive, on-topic discussions about Dota, Dota-related topics, or their lives in general.
Let’s say a Desolady posts a question about the mechanics of cosplaying. She can expect to get helpful information from other cosplayers, links to useful resources, or relevant suggestions about her question. In other forums, her question might be met with demands to see photos, hurtful comments about her body, critique on aspects of the cosplay she didn’t ask about, or responses arguing the merits of cosplay in general. In other words, irrelevant, unproductive discussion. In Desoladies, we aim for a higher standard of communication for both Desoladies and Allies.
As of June 2017, Desoladies has nearly 300 members.