Being a â€śgamer girlâ€ť can be a surreal experience. For all the guys who donâ€™t think women can hack it in the gaming world, there are thousands who ask Santa for more gamer girls every year. Thanks to the scarcity of gamer girls out there, we lucky ladies get just one stereotype to share between usâ€”which means everyone has a great idea of exactly who you are before you even open your mouth. Part of the current stereotype is that we gamer girls fight with each other in order to compete for attention, status, and all those eligible gamer men.
An entertaining notion to be sure, and I can see why there is that perception. However, while I canâ€™t speak for all gamer women, I really donâ€™t think that sexual competition is at the root of the various rifts. I think itâ€™s about image and branding, and what they do to the everyday life of your everyday gamer woman.
When Stereotypes Attack
Thereâ€™s a great XKCD comic, where a man fails at a math problem, and they say, â€śWow, you suck at mathâ€ť and then a woman fails at the math problem, and they say, â€śWow, girls suck at math.â€ť
Itâ€™s funny because itâ€™s so, so true. Not the woman sucking at math partâ€”my mother is a mathematical genius, and current research supports that women are equally skilled in this area, thank you very muchâ€”but the stereotyping bit. I am fully aware that in some circumstances, I represent my whole gender, and it terrifies me. Making a mistake in general sucks; making a mistake your whole gender will henceforth be branded with? Priceless.