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Gamer Girl Manifesto and Response

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I hate it when a small group, or one person, ruins everything for the larger group that they claim to represent. This video was introduced to me by Jason, Gold_ultima from MyIGN and forum moderator here at SheAttack under the same name. I felt the need to share it here to show what not to do when trying to have a voice on the internet.

This is a video made by many gamer girls that felt compelled to counter the online abuse that plagues all gamers from time to time. It would seem they took it personally as gamer girls and set out to combat this abuse with a YouTube video.

While watching this video, in the beginning, I have to admit that I was a little empowered by it, but as the video progressed, my view on what the message of the video was changed drastically. By the end of the video I was frowning in confusion. Why did these women feel the need to make this video? Was this a joke video? I felt it was cheesy and overdone and that the need for this video was invalid. We then watched a response video that just made everything better.

Warning: There is swearing in the following video.

She essentially discredits the Manifesto by saying that what these women are doing is not helping the image of girl gamers. Making a video about it and saying that you want respect will not grant you respect. YouTuber, InuitInua, suggests that instead of feeding the trolls, simply beat them at their own game. No discussion is needed. Don’t talk. Just do.

While I watched, I agreed with pretty much everything she mentioned. Even if you don’t agree with her, at the very least, it is thought provoking.

This “gamer girl manifesto” is not the way women should represent themselves in the gaming world, professionally, or otherwise in my opinion. Actions speak louder than words, so if we want to change the way women will be treated in the future, we have to start small and work our way up. But, I’m sure we all already knew all of that. Good luck and have fun out there.

After her first gaming memory of playing Final Fantasy 7, she became a lover of JRPGs, RPGs and even MMORPGs. Her backlog keeps getting longer as she finds more games from the retro side of video games to play alongside the new. Over the years she has been expanding more into the action side of video games with the purchase of her PS3 however still has a insatiable craving for everything RPG. Introducing the often sarcastic Canadian RPG gamer, Charnelle.
  • http://sheattack.com/members/Nia/ Nia Pierce

    This topic always slightly confuses me because, 1) I’d rather let my actions speak for me when people try to test my chops as a gamer simply because I’m female. However, 2) I think it’s also important to speak up if you legitimately feel harassed. There is a difference between ignoring negative comments and tolerating abusive ones.

    Ordinarily, I’d say if someone told you that you sucked at a game and left it at that, I’d tell you to roll it off and show that person how much you DON’T suck lol. Yet when people are saying things specifically to belittle you based on your sex and gender, it’s turned into more than just a negative comment. It’s now a violation of your rights.

  • http://sheattack.com/members/roguecreed/ RogueCreed

    A-holes exist everywhere, but the reason why they’re so prevalent online is because there’s little to no consequence for being an A-hole online. Until we introduce a reason for people to behave themselves and not abuse their anonymity, A-holes will be A-holes. But hey, at least we get free entertainment. I guess that’s something.

  • http://sheattack.com/members/regal4-1/ Regal

    Wait, so you’re saying there isn’t enough misogyny to warrant such a statement as the video, and that women that game should have no need to specify their gender? Are you also saying that women shouldn’t speak up? I’m a bit confused, especially considering the nature of this site :/
    Also, I see nothing wrong with the term “gamer girl”. The larger term of “gamer” is built on the same justification.

    • http://sheattack.com/members/Nia/ Nia Pierce

      “I’m a bit confused, especially considering the nature of this site :/”

      The writers on this website all have differences of opinion and are welcome express them. We are a website dedicated to encouraging female gamers, yes, but I suppose we all have our different methods.

      • http://sheattack.com/members/Nia/ Nia Pierce

        Speaking of this topic:

      • http://sheattack.com/members/regal4-1/ Regal

        I’m not saying all the writers on here have to agree about everything, but isn’t it–at its core–about giving women a voice? Two opinions she gave–from how I read it at least–were 1) Women have no need to identify themselves as such in the gaming community and 2) words are not the way they should combat these issues. But aren’t those two assertions contradictory to the site’s purpose as a whole, especially considering that it identifies as female-dominant (which is insinuated to be unnecessary and improper by the article)? Knowing Char, I’m probably not doing her enough justice, but I just want clarification. *shrugs*

        • http://sheattack.com/members/Nia/ Nia Pierce

          What I think Char is saying is that actions are sometimes louder than words. If you want people to get off of your back, SHOVE them off! No talking. Just DO it lol. I’m sure she meant that it’s more important to be PROactive than REactive.

          • http://sheattack.com/members/regal4-1/ Regal

            Why can’t you do both? Sometimes words are effective actions. Couldn’t a shove be in the form of words?

          • http://sheattack.com/members/Nia/ Nia Pierce

            “Why can’t you do both? Sometimes words are effective actions. Couldn’t a shove be in the form of words?”

            Ask, Char lol.

          • http://sheattack.com/members/regal4-1/ Regal

            “Ask Char lol”
            That’s what I was hoping for hahaha.

      • http://sheattack.com/members/regal4-1/ Regal

        I don’t want to speak on her behalf, though.

    • http://sheattack.com/members/goldultima/ GoldUltima

      I would say the tone of the first video is antithetical to the message in general. It doesn’t scream. “We’re equal. Respect us.” It screams “We are victims. Pity us.” It’s got sad and sappy music and women speaking as if they are helpless to the matter. It paints both men and women with the broadest of brushes. I would also say that “girl gamer” is rather destructive because it labels females as a separate community within gaming. You never see man qualifying themselves as a “guy gamer” meaning that men are the status quo in gaming. Women are this strange and foreign thing that require their own label within the community. If “girl gamer” is necessary, why not segregating gamers by race as well, or by religion? The more you specify that they are a separate entity, the less inclusive you’re being.

      • http://sheattack.com/members/regal4-1/ Regal

        I would disagree with the message of the video, although I acknowledge your view on it. Despite that, her qualms with the video weren’t about that; from what I could tell, they were about the things I mentioned in my comment.
        “Gamer” is a term the community uses as both empowerment and backlash: just like minority groups, we use it to express pride and gain camaraderie in the face of societal disapproval. Without the societal context, the very term wouldn’t have a reason to exist; it exists BECAUSE of the condescension and dislike. Same goes for why geek and nerd have become epithets people openly apply to themselves with the same confidence and passion. Note that majorities–the people looking down on them–have no need for the label and thus don’t use it.
        “Girl gamer” is simply a more microscopic version: its intent and use is for similar purposes–excluding the manipulative non-gamers that use the term for sexual and/or monetary reasons–and exists because the culture that the group exists inside of is prejudiced towards them. “Guy gamer” doesn’t exist because it’s the norm; they have no need for any term like it. The gaming community in its current state–as I’m sure we can all agree on–is not entirely welcoming to women, so I see no problem with the use of it.
        However, as is the case with many of these terms (especially a racial slur I won’t type), only people can identify as girl gamers themselves; we should not attach labels, but we shouldn’t tear down the identity and strength they get from this term either.

        Also, the acknowledgement of a persecuted group does not entail exclusion; rather, it is a way to combat already existent exclusion by recognizing the plight of others.