On one hand, it seems kind of sexist. Even though female competitors had to join the main tournament, it still felt like they were being pushed off to the side, away from the men, as if they weren’t good enough for the men’s tournament. As if they were just a gimmick, and not really respected. In this sense, it may make girls feel like they don’t “belong” here.
On the other hand, it gains exposure for female players, and can encourage more women to want to compete. It shows them that, not only are there women who play this game, but there’s a whole tournament full of them. In this sense, it may make them feel like they *do *belong here. That they don’t have to just watch their boyfriends or whatever, that they can play too, and that they can be a competitor.
Overall, I feel like even though it may have unfortunate implications, that it’s still a good idea to have a Women’s tournament for the sake of exposure. Or if not at EVO, at least have another “Ladies of Street Fighter” tournament, or even a few of them a year to show that female players are out there.