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.