Peaception: Having A Vagina Does Not Make You Special
It’s a brutal title isn’t it? I know it is a bit harsh but it’s what I feel when I come across some female gamers because they have fallen under the trap of, ‘if you are a female and you game, it makes you automatically some form of unicorn’. I actually think that behaviour is offensive; gaming is not that difficult for us women folk and it might come as a surprise but we can also read and write.
I know gaming, like some things in life, has been a male dominated field but like most things as well, it is changing. Some people embrace that change, some people make a fuss about that change and others just want to resist it. I would love a world where gamers are not identified by their gender because seriously calling a grown woman a girl gamer is just plain silly, as, for some of us those girl days are long gone, me included. Let’s just refer to ourselves as gamers; is that so bad?
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You know what, though, I would have no issues with being called a female gamer and the attention it gets if I got these below perks:
50% Discount on anything and everything gaming related:
I foresee a lot of non-gamer wives and girlfriends being used to obtain this beauty but the catch would be discounts only work if you go into a store and answer a random pop quiz in the gaming category you are about to make a purchase on. For instance if you are about to purchase a console and they ask what format does the 360 use to play games and if that imposter answers CD format, kick her out of the store.
Sponsored trips to the biggest gaming conventions:
For a limited number of females they get free trips to E3 or Gamescom and you only bring a female companion. These lucky females will be randomly chosen from the female gamer database.
You get to play games 2 weeks before launch:
We females don’t have to wait until the release date to play a game; just preorder it and receive it 2 weeks before release because why the heck not.
You get kitchen equipment themed after your favourite game:
I had to throw in a kitchen joke before someone did but I wouldn’t mind some Last of Us pots, just saying.
Health insurance catering specifically to gaming related injuries.
With perks like these I would understand the attention female gamers would get. In reality though, we get very different perks:
- You get to hear all manner of kitchen and erection jokes when you play online. I for one don’t care really but if you are looking into releasing a book about such jokes, you could get great material to use.
- Sometimes you get the occasional trolls that will discount your opinion in gaming just because of your sex.
- If your gaming knowledge is above average, conversations you might have with other people might include them saying “WOW”, “Oh really you know so much” as if they discovered an oracle when all you do is just read up on it.
- At times when in a gaming store you might get those rare looks as if you have grown a third eye.
- A common stereotype is that you only play The Sims and World of Warcraft.
Nothing really stands out that would make me want to celebrate my womanhood as a gamer. My whole motivation for my article was when I was informed of a female-only gaming forum hidden in the SA Gamer forums. At first I was curious on what would inspire such a forum because really anything gaming related can still be discussed on the main forums. When I went through the whole secret handshake stage to gain access to it, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I went in expecting to view melodramatic topics on how we are women and hear us roar and it wasn’t like that at all.
I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of women who play FPS online, not just CoD but BF3 as well and some even had sponsors. The sad thing for me was this shouldn’t be hidden so as to address people’s common misconceptions about female gamers by proving them wrong and with such hidden forums I always feel us females are segregating ourselves when in essence there is nothing that makes us any different compared to any other gamer besides our sex. Still though, I find myself enjoying the experience and there are some awesome friendly ladies that, if it wasn’t for that forum, I would have never known they game online.
What I love about gaming besides the escapism part is how it manages to bring people together regardless of age, race and background but for some reason we are still stuck on the whole gender thing, which really is nothing special. Gamers should be known as such and there really is no need to classify gamers based on sex and treat them different based only on that factor.