As the Girl Gamer Festival gets underway in Sydney, I wanted to explore what a Girl Gamer actually is. Many people have their views on the topic, how it is a term that devalues the place of women in the Gaming Industry. I believe we need more women in public spaces, particularly in the media, to give girls strong, positive role models. The more diverse, the better in my opinion.
While the stereotype of the female cooking in the kitchen is long gone in general, there are those who think females have no place playing video games. Obviously I disagree. Men can cook just as well as females (I can't cook at all, so definitely better than me!), so why can't women be competive in gaming as well?
Most of this gender inequality comes from the early days of games in general, some were seen as 'boy' games, and others as 'girl' games. This is of course ridiculous - games are for everyone, it's just a personal opinion if you like a game or not. Also, this excludes non-binary people altogether, another thing I don't like. While gender has an impact on a lot of things, the kind of games you like isn't one of them.
But I think the thing that annoys people the most about the term Girl Gamer is the use of Girl. Not Female or Woman. Me, I'm quite happy to be considered a girl. Being a girl doesn't make me weaker, or less than. Sure, I have more experience in years compared to a teenage girl, but it doesn't devalue my worth. I am female, whatever way you want to call it. While I am not a fan of shooters or other games like that, I don't feel the need to be to earn the title of Gamer. I play games and I am also a girl. So Girl Gamer is fine by me. What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.