Misrepresentation in any community is something that I just am not a fan of. Whether it be a certain gender a certain race of people, or anything in between, misrepresenting people will only cause stereotypes to be formed and for the people being stereotype to be put into uncomfortable positions. We run into this problem when we take a look the “Gamer Girl”. My problem isn’t with what they’re doing, it is with how they are misrepresenting a vast majority of female gamers.
These gamer girls use their sexuality and the fact that they’re a female to garner views and clicks to generate money and honestly, I’m one hundred percent OK with that. It’s their bodies, people shouldn’t judge them for what they do with them. If they can make a good amount of money for themselves AND promote games that are out there, that fine by me.
My big issue is that in his process, they portray the female gamer in a way that they just aren’t. First off, I hate using the term female gamer, just because they’re female, doesn’t make them any different of a gamer than you or I and it sure as hell doesn’t make them any less of one.
These girls aren’t playing games to be sexy or to help them find a partner, they’re doing it for the same reason you the reader are doing it, to sit back and enjoy the experience. I have talked to a handful of ladies who have told me that they are treated and talked to just like they are these “gamer girls” and in the end that’s just unacceptable.
I’m not sure if I should be scolding gamer girls, their audience or the both of them, but I hate seeing all of girls who love to game being treated like a piece of meat just because of their gender.
There are women who can write circles around, have higher IQ’s, are better gamers than I am, and everything in between. There is no reason that we, the gaming community, shouldn’t see them as equals and it pains me when I see people say “she doesn’t play video games, she’s just doing well in the industry because she’s a girl.”
Many say this is strictly something that the younger audience does, but I’ve seen plenty of men who are older than I am, address these female gamers with some awful sayings and phrases that just make me shake my head.
All in all, I don’t want to come off as a Social Justice Warrior. Hell, in the grand scheme of things I may be completely off base. I just know that in my personal experience, this is what I’ve seen. I’m not trying to defend anyone here, I just want to get this out in the open, so that other are aware of it. I also want to reiterate that my problem is not that the gamer girls are using their bodies to help get views, it’s that they are creating stereotypes that negatively effect a lot of girls out there.
I know this is a very touchy subject, so please let me hear what you have to say. Please be respectful in what you’re saying. I will respect your opinion as long as you are respectful of mine. Thank you all for your time.