As I think anyone who plays video games knows, there is a stereotype out there that girls are not supposed to play video games. I’ve seen guys on the Internet try to bring girls down by telling them they’re not supposed to like gaming. There are also people who think it’s totally sexy for a girl to be into games.
This stereotype has led to the “gamer girl” label, and it’s a label that really bugs me. Girls are regular people, just like guys. Why then do we not call them “gamer guys”? Oh right, because chicks don’t play games. Because it’s weird for me to be a female dragon slayer.
I guess I can understand why someone might be endeared to a girl who plays video games, just as a girl might be attracted to a guy because of his love for games. So it’s not the apparent appeal that’s a problem for me, I guess. It’s the idea that things are somehow unequal. Guys can be attracted to girls who rock at no-scope head-shots and girls can be attracted to guys who jump on Goombas’ heads, but the girl is a gamer girl, while the guy is just a gamer.
I just wish we could lose the need to distinguish between someone who plays video games and someone who plays video games and is a girl. Why can’t we all just play games?
On a related note, I joined Raptr the other day, a site that tracks game-play time and achievements, with the username rachmira. You can go ahead and add/follow me if you so choose. 🙂
I had to restart Skyrim because I had put in like 16 hours on my brother’s Xbox, but it was on his profile and I couldn’t transfer the save to my own. 🙁