The Great “Girl Gamer” Debate
Oh Maxim, you really have caused a bit of a stir haven’t you? With your “Gamer Girl” competition you have got the internet, well, Twitter up in arms. Supposedly people are surprised that you are trying to find a good looking girl to be your gaming correspondent to go to events. I’m actually pretty surprised at the reaction.
Now readers, don’t automatically think I’m a sexist because I don’t have a problem with it. You see, what you have to remember is what kind of a publication Maxim is. When you flick through the pages of Maxim you are greeted with image after image of beautiful women and also good looking men trying to sell you clothes. Maxim knows exactly what readers expect to find inside their magazine so when they say they are looking for a “gamer girl” did you really expect them to actively pursue someone who wasn’t absolutely stunning? If it was a broadsheet newspaper running this competition then I’m sure I would feel completely different about it.
I have more of a problem with the term “girl gamer” and the idea of it being a fetish for us gaming males, that we will be instantly turned on when we see a woman holding a controller or telling us why the AK-47 should be the gun of choice in Call of Duty. I know quite a few ladies whose hobby is gaming, just like me; they will get home from work have some food and unwind by having a few matches of Battlefield, or will get engrossed in Mass Effect 3.
I certainly don’t look at them any differently because they don’t have a penis, in fact most of these ladies have a deeper gaming knowledge than me and when I speak to them I don’t automatically think “she likes games, I must try and sleep with this woman”. And a lot of people do think like that, just going through video game forums and seeing the way that women are treated makes me feel physically sick. I couldn’t care less if you are a man or a woman if you share the same interests as me then we can chat and that’s what it should always come down to.
I know a lot of people will probably read this and explain why they have an issue with it, that’s great, please do, I’m all up for healthy debate and we are entitled to our opinions and I’m not going to tell you that your opinions are wrong because they won’t be. You see the reason I wanted to write a short piece about this was mainly because of Twitter and the fact that it isn’t a medium where people can express their opinions on a matter fully.
Usually you will tweet something in under 140 characters and unless you carry on and send a further five or six tweets you can’t back your opinions up it can make you come across as a bit of a douche, I have done it on quite a few occasions! I want to open up the floor, find out what people’s opinions are on this subject, use the comment box, if you agree and want to add in your thoughts please do and if you disagree then even better, tell me why you do.