Would this really be so bad? I’m picturing a Quaker meeting-esqe type tournament–a room full of players sitting in silence until one or more players is moved to play a game. This goes on indefinitely in silence until someone is moved to declare a winner. Sounds peaceful.
But in all seriousness you make an excellent point. Personally I feel with regard to sexism in pinball the pendulum is swung a bit far to the side of the individual exercising his/her right to express their thoughts without regard for how it effects the group. If we ever reach the point where the pendulum swings so far the other way where the group is silent out of fear of offending the individual we will have a very different conversation. I find this outcome highly unlikely given how strongly we feel about individual rights in The States and elsewhere in the world. We are still looking for that happy medium or “reasonable line” as you call it.
But this is what I like about the pinball community and the voice Tilt Forums gives us. We are having this discussion.