The EN World kitten
As I've said before, that tidbit comes to us solely from Ben Riggs, who makes it clear that he's very biased. Saying that I'm unwilling to take the words of a biased source as true is not evidence of bias on my own part; skepticism of someone who brazenly admits to being slanted is what's supposed to happen.But the lived experience of people who worked under her as well as the Gygax/Blume regime is that they unanimously preferred her. Yet you refuse to accept that inconvenient information, which makes it hard to take the rest of your argument seriously. Frankly, it seems like you have made up your mind and will ignore any evidence that doesn't fit your belief.
I'm honestly not sure how I can make that any more clear.
I don't think you can characterize a work environment where the employees are afraid of their boss as "less awful." The Gygax quote is bad; having multiple employees be literally afraid of the person they work for strikes me as much, much worse.I don't think either work situation sounds great, but it sounds like her regime was significantly less awful - again, refer to the OP. Imagine, as a woman, having your boss tell you, "Women are good for only two jobs: secretaries and housewives. Anything else and they're a whore."