Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

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    Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by XachAttack on Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:30 pm

    Pardon the ignorant question, I've never really payed attention to things like this, but it seems to be popping up alot lately and I keep hearing negative things about the term.

    I know it refers to gamers who are female, but that's about it. I don't have any personal thoughts on it.

    So, what's up with it o-O?


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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by User1 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:32 pm

    I know of a few. I would say it is derogatory term, in a way. Why single out one gender?
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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by swordiris on Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:37 pm

    It's not, why would it be? I'm a gamer Guy.

    I think people are usually referring to "Wannabe gamer girls. Ones that think they are Hipster because they play battlefield instead of COD.


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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by morte on Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:46 pm

    I would say yes and no, depending on the context. The term itself just means that the gamer is a girl, plain and simple. In some cases, it may be meant in a derogatory sense indicating that the girl part somehow detracts from the gamer part. On the other hand, it can also indicate the opposite and be a term of respect, attaching the girl part to emphasize that, in spite of being a gamer, and assumedly a skilled one, they still maintain the feminine qualities that many girls pride themselves on. It can also be something that gamer guys find attractive, since most people like it when others share their interest. Ultimately, I think it comes down to context.


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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by WhatDoesThePendantDo? on Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:46 pm

    It would depend on how it it is used I would imagine, context matters a lot.

    I know that in talking to a lot of girls the term "girlfriend mode" does bother them, however.

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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by XachAttack on Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:54 pm

    swordiris wrote:It's not, why would it be? I'm a gamer Guy.

    I think people are usually referring to "Wannabe gamer girls. Ones that think they are Hipster because they play battlefield instead of COD.

    I dunno why it would be, I just assumed so because alot of people seem to get pretty angry when they hear it.


    morte wrote:I would say yes and no, depending on the context. The term itself just means that the gamer is a girl, plain and simple. In some cases, it may be meant in a derogatory sense indicating that the girl part somehow detracts from the gamer part. On the other hand, it can also indicate the opposite and be a term of respect, attaching the girl part to emphasize that, in spite of being a gamer, and assumedly a skilled one, they still maintain the feminine qualities that many girls pride themselves on. It can also be something that gamer guys find attractive, since most people like it when others share their interest. Ultimately, I think it comes down to context.

    Yeah, I guess that makes a bit more sense.



    WhatDoesThePendantDo? wrote:I know that in talking to a lot of girls the term "girlfriend mode" does bother them, however.

    Lol what the hell is that XD? That sounds rediculous, nor have I ever heard of it.


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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by Soris Ice Goldwing on Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:56 pm

    My view: Girl Gamer= a girl who plays video games just like a guy gamer. What is the deal with that? We all play video games in the end and have something in common. Too much to ask for gender walls to not be mixed with gaming?


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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by WhatDoesThePendantDo? on Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:02 am

    XachAttack wrote:
    WhatDoesThePendantDo? wrote:I know that in talking to a lot of girls the term "girlfriend mode" does bother them, however.

    Lol what the hell is that XD? That sounds rediculous, nor have I ever heard of it.

    You can thank Borderlands 2. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-08-13-borderlands-2-gearbox-reveals-the-mechromancers-girlfriend-mode

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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by Tolvo on Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:04 am

    I'm not fond of the term. An issue I have is that it gets redundant.

    "Oh, she's a gamer girl."

    "Thanks. Since I know she is female, if you said she is a gamer I would have realize that she is both a female and a gamer at the same time."

    Now, if you met a man that suddenly turned into a female when played games, alright fair enough. He is a Gamer Girl.

    If it is offensive, I'd just say that's more so based on the context.
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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by Saturday-Saint on Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:51 am

    Gamer girl is usually inoffensive. Girl gamer, especially Grrl gamer, is often used to refer to women who use their girl gamer status to gain attention, support, etc. from white knights.


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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by Maneater_Mildred on Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:28 am

    I wouldn't take offence at the term, but I would not use it to describe myself.

    I am a gamer, all other info is irrelevant.


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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by Tolvo on Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:29 am

    Plus you have a sack.
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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by Maneater_Mildred on Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:31 am

    lol!


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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by Dubscythe on Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:18 am

    The way I see, it's both a derogatory term and not at the same time, here's how I see it:

    #1. On one hand you have gamer girls. They're just girls that like video games, no biggie.

    #2. Then there's GAMURRRR GURRRLSSSS. They're the ones that play games for the attention more than the fun. Letting you know at any point that they can that yes, they are a girl and they're playing a game, how astonishing. I like to think that the ones who stream and have three pictures of themselves taking up 90% of the screen fall into this.


    They're also guys that do that too, but no one pays attention to them because they are guys and who cares.


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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by nsane32 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:49 am

    Dubscythe wrote:The way I see, it's both a derogatory term and not at the same time, here's how I see it:

    #1. On one hand you have gamer girls. They're just girls that like video games, no biggie.

    #2. Then there's GAMURRRR GURRRLSSSS. They're the ones that play games for the attention more than the fun. Letting you know at any point that they can that yes, they are a girl and they're playing a game, how astonishing. I like to think that the ones who stream and have three pictures of themselves taking up 90% of the screen fall into this.


    They're also guys that do that too, but no one pays attention to them because they are guys and who cares.

    So their degrading themselves?


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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by densetsushun on Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:39 am

    I don't get why the term exists in the first place, they're gamers, we're all gamers. People who seem to attribute it to those who supposedly do it for the attention can skip the female attribution and leave it at the point that they're not gamers.


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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by XachAttack on Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:05 pm

    I guess since it's different than the norm, as I hear it was mostly males who were into games for a while, they feel the need to overexaggerate it alot.

    Off topic, but I don't suppose Yurt is scrambling eggs there? I'm in the mood for some XD.


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    That's the thing, he's the Silent Chef. You won't know what's cooking till he serves it up.


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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by Tolvo on Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:43 pm

    http://youtu.be/6aVvETNngco

    It also doesn't help the image of females who play games with so many Uncle Toms going around pandering to young boys that watch their videos.
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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by WhatDoesThePendantDo? on Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:48 pm

    Is this Cassie somebody important?

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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by Tolvo on Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:50 pm

    She's a youtuber that just wants views.

    So no.
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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by WhatDoesThePendantDo? on Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:59 pm

    I wonder what Felicia Day would say about this topic.

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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by Tolvo on Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:05 pm

    Felicia Day is sort of a weird one.

    Sometimes she comes off like that, but she actually is a really big gamer. She kind of puts on the act but sometimes she doesn't.

    She wouldn't be as successful if she didn't use her gender to her advantage.
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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by WhatDoesThePendantDo? on Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:11 pm

    I hear what you're saying but how would you advise one to not use their gender to an advantage, or disadvantage if that is the case? One's gender is one's gender. Felicia Day is a female, how can she nullify that fact?

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    Re: Is "gamer girl" a derogatory term?

    Post by Tolvo on Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:15 pm

    She can't. As I said I don't really hate her for doing that or anything. I don't like it, I might enjoy her work if she cut that sort of thing out. It makes her money though and she'd be an idiot to not make oodles of cash off of it. She's very business minded.

    All I can do is enjoy the few moments where things genuinely funny happen around her.

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