I'm a girl - I love playing games - I hate the term "girl gamer". Why I hear you ask? Well why do I have to be seperated, I hate modern feminism so please don't think I'm going off on that route but seriously can we not all just be people who play games (or "gamers if you really do feel the need to apply labels) after all I never hear of "boy gamers"! Thoughts please ...
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Loves how quickly the view count of my profile is going up ... does this have anything to do with the face I'm a member of the fairer sex lmao ;-D
Also you posted this. So... There are females who play games just like there are females who exist. Some people are girls get over it. More than I hate the whole female gamers thing I hate talking about it...
I agree its stupid but its because your in a class that is by a huge percentage the minority. So your qualified by "girl gamer". Its so stupid but thats just how life works. Its like the term "black man". its perfectly acceptable to say "hey look that that black guy over there with the fur hat on" even though its focussing on the fact the dudes black and not on his awesome fur hat
The reason why is a majority of gamers are male. Pro Basketball started as a men's league, to differentiate the two you name the "new" thing accordingly. Most nurses are female so the term male nurse exists. It's just the way society is, labeling jobs, roles or hobbies as gender specific.
Gaming was first predominantly a male activity, and not even a cool one. Basketball was played at first by men, and then when women came in, they had to make a distinction.
There's also the NBA and the WNBA, with the distinction again given to women. I don't know why it is, it just is.
I'm fine with the term Man-Gamer. In fact, I think I'll start having everyone address me as such.
I'm a Sexy-gamer that is what I'll call myself from now on. Seriously though, I get what you are saying OP. Doing that is like saying that it needs to exist a law for gay marriage... It's just stupid. I respect every gamer. Men, women, krogan, elven, whatever, we are all equal and we all agree that I am awesome.
Same reason people point out that like, 80-90% of my closest friends are ladies. It's not the norm, so it will be pointed out. It's not because your a woman, it's because women are significantly outnumbered. No one thinks I'm a retard for preferring female friends, but they notice it and it sticks out.
Don't assume things are the way they are because people are looking down on you. It's the same issue that racism has: someone of a particular ethnicity assumes something is racist, even though in actuality it isn't at all. People like to separate things, they wish everything could be made of water and oil. The oddball will always be noticed more than the majority, not because of what the oddball is, but simply BECAUSE they are the odd one out.
The "omg you're a..." is added to it because a majority or the stereotypical "gamer" is well classified as a loser. So when they can relate to someone of the opposite sex they may feel they may have a better chance with them compared to someone who doesn't game.
Then I occasionally run into the problem with gender specific job titles like postmen and policemen. I generally remedy that with terms like postal worker and police officer, though.
Gaming is generally a male dominated hobby, and that's why it seems more important for some people to emphasize gender when it comes to girls. Even though it's becoming more common for girls to pick up a controller, most gamers are still males. It's just one of those things that stand out more because it's not as common. Like a boy cheerleader. The internet tends to emphasize the label more because people can feel free to be as immature as they want with any joke about "pics now" or whatever. I wouldn't say it's meant in any negative way outside of certain kinds of internet behavior, so girls will just have to put up with it until the ratio of guy gamers to girl gamers becomes more equal. Whenever that may be.
I don't feel the need to prove anything.
Its the kids who bombard me with comments/messages during online games I want to show that being a gamer isn't tied to sex.
I refuse to not play online games or engage in a meaningless debate with people while I'm trying to have fun in a game.
That's what I meant, as response to people, not join a lobby and scream: FUCK YEAH I'M A GIRL AND I WILL OWN YOU ALL.
That's just silly.
One would assume that as the hobby gets older, terms like "Girl-Gamer" will go away. Gaming as a hobby has only recently started to be acceptable to the average Joe(or Jill). For many years it was a nerds only club so of course females would be sparse. I would expect that as the current generation of younger gamers grows older this term and many other dumb things in our community will go away. As a 30+ year old male that has been friends with/dated many woman that have been gamers I honestly don't see the need to differentiate. Hell the only real difference is that "Girl-Gamers" tend to be a hell of allot more pleasant then the average riff raff you get around there places.
You're part of a minority, and people like to label things. Until the population of gamers is evenly split male and female, you're going to hear it a lot. That said, I've never used the term myself. If I'm talking about a girl and want to call her a gamer I don't see any use in adding an extra word. Chances are people already know the person I'm talking about is a girl if it's relevant.
@FourWude: It shows that's all your bothering to notice - there's more to that picture (i.e. the fact I love my photography and I wanted a summery shot of my dress while I experimented with angles) so well done on taking the lead on proving the apprantly sterotypical male reaction to an image where a pair of breasts are visible in any way shape or form.
Exactly what is "artistic" about this pic? And secondly how the fuck am I NOT supposed to look at the breasts? This is what I don't understand about you girls. You get your tits out, flaunt them and then get uppity when someone looks and comments on them.
@SlashseveN303: I don't believe that it would change if it was split evenly and it still makes no sens that it applies ... after all there are more women nurses than males, we don't say woman nurse/males nurse, or (and I'm not sure of the ratio) woman film watcher/male film watcher. Like I said previously its more what comes attached with the label than its common use in the industry :-)I've heard the title of Male Nurse used plenty.
Soon enough we won't really have the gender distinction for "gamers" as more and more ladies realize what they're missing out on. It's just a hold-over from when girls who gamed were an anomaly to be 'ooooo"ed and "aaaah"ed at. Of course, people say actress and waitress still...
We need a better, more concise word in that case. I nominate "gamerina"
Edit: just realized that it sounds like gay marina.