The Stereotype of Gamer Girls

Posted: December 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

The stereotype of Gamer Girls can be summed up as this: Unattractive, socially awkward, frumpy women. However, when there is an attractive woman who plays video games it’s almost hard to believe. Gamer Girls are a huge deal in the realm of video games. They are either scrutinized by men or highly sexualized.

The treatment of Gamer Girls is not very different than “The Spectacle Of The ‘Other'” by Stuart Hall. Particularly, stereotyping. Hall says, “It [Stereotyping] then excludes or expels everything which does not fit, which is different…It symbolically fixes boundaries, and excludes everything which does not belong.”

In a male dominated hobby, women are not welcome unless they are attractive. Then, they are praised, such as the women in the gaming industry. Not only do they have to be considered “sexy” but they have to prove that they truly are good at video games in order to prove they are worthy. This can be seen with IGN’s Jessica Chobot and X-Play’s Morgan Webb.

An excerpt from Askmen says:

…the image of the video game whiz is no longer limited to that of some nerdy high school kid with rapid-moving digits. Jessica has helped change that stereotype once and for all, especially since her infamous tongue-licking picture caused a sensation. Not only is she every solitary, obsessive gamer’s dreamgirl come to life, she’s just about any guy’s fantasy female in the flesh…

Jessica Chobot Licking A PSP

Morgan Webb’s description on the G4 website reads, “Beauty, brains, and a killer pair of thumbs. Yes, she really plays games, and no, you can not beat her.”

Morgan Webb

The solution would be to create positive images of Gamer Girls, something that has already begun. Frag Dolls are a team of professional gamers who are supported by Ubisoft. The website explains that,

“The Frag Dolls are known not only for being skilled gamers in multiple games, but for their advocacy of female gamers. They have been vocal about their support of female gamers and game developers, and have grown an online community around the interests shared of a diverse segment of the gaming population…This is in response to the continuing perpetuation of video games as a male-dominated pursuit.”

Frag Dolls

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