By Alex Maidment (nSanity Beach)
It’s a controversial topic, I know, and as a male, it’s probably not even something I’m in a position to write about, but it’s an important topic all the same: is there actually such a thing as a ‘gamer girl’?
Now, obviously I don’t speak for anyone but myself and certainly not for any female gamers who have their own opinion on this subject and that’s why I’m going to go straight ahead and say: No – there isn’t such a thing as a “gamer girl”, or at least it’s not something that people should be identified as (unless they want to, of course).
Here’s the thing: gaming is and always should be a fully inclusive hobby, interest, industry, form of entertainment and culture, and the reason I don’t believe there is such a thing as a ‘gamer girl’ is because we’re all just gamers. There’s no gender about it. Yes, some people might be female gamers and some people might be male gamers and some gamers might not identify with a gender at all, so why do we have to put a label on it?
We don’t refer to male gamers are ‘gamer boys’ or ‘gamer guys’, so why use the term ‘gamer girl’?
Understandably, this might just be coming across as a rant, and that might be the case, but as someone who takes a keen interest in the gaming industry and culture, I want it to continue to be a safe space for all and not one where people are insulted, verbally abused or even harassed simply because of their gender.
Before I wrap up this short rant, I think it’s worth noting that I am talking more generally about female gamers who actually partake in gaming and are interested in the industry and culture themselves, as opposed to the fantasy had by some people whereby a ‘gamer girl’ is someone who lounges around in their underwear holding controllers and wearing a headset!
Let’s all just play nicely together, have fun and not actually care what gender people identify with!