Another Random Quiz

I found another random quiz to take today. I scored well, but given the questions, I’m not sure how accurate it could really be. Oh well, it was fun to take!

This Is My Life, Rated
Life: 7.9
Mind: 6.8
Body: 7
Spirit: 8.8
Friends/Family: 7.4
Love: 9.1
Finance: 7.2
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

Girls Don’t Exist on the Internet

Michael sent me a link to an article today that I wanted to point out to everyone. I would particularly love to hear other reactions to it (Viv?).

Ok, I’m a girl (no really) and I play video games (besides the Sims) and I exist on the internet (I do!). I know that doesn’t make sense, but it’s true. Oh, and I’m pretty cute. I’m totally not lying! The thing is, I’m usually assumed to be. A recent article from The Escapist discusses girls on the internet really well. It’s funny, read it.

I swear I’ve had conversations much like the ones she describes and transcribes. I’ve never used a voice program like Ventrilo, but it doesn’t matter much. Any indication that I am a girl causes instant requests for pictures (which are never believed to be mine if I do, for some reason, show one) and shocked disbelief. I have had conversations and met people who were happy to believe I was a girl (yay Lioncourt!), but often it is assumed that I found a random collections of pictures of some hot girl and said they were of me while I pretended to be a girl. Oh, and any descriptions of what I look like without a picture get the same incredulous reaction and often replies like “yeah, I’m six-foot-seven and built like Hercules”.

So, to echo Whitney Butts’ statement, I’m a girl and I do exist and I am on the internet and I do play games. My characters are usually “pretty” in games only because all the female avatars in games are generally “pretty”. I make fun of that and bitch about the lack of clothing a lot. Believe me, my husband is pretty sick of that rant. Oh, and my avatars are usually short because I am short and I like being short. That’s it. Nothing more than that. Ok? Girls on the internet do exist, I promise!

Read the article, it’s really well done and funny. Especially if you are a girl on the internet.

Quiz

This quiz was actually pretty accurate for me! Found at Feministe.


You fit in with:
Spiritualism

Your ideals are mostly spiritual, but in an individualistic way. While spirituality is very important in your life, organized religion itself may not be for you. It is best for you to seek these things on your own terms.

60% spiritual.
60% reason-oriented.

Take this quiz at QuizGalaxy.com

Girls in Comics and Games

Yesterday I read two very good articles that I wanted to mention.

The first is the latest “Girl in the Clubhouse” article from Johanna Stokes at Comic Book Resource. It is about girls can do for comics and, like her other articles, it is excellent. Her biggest advice: if you like a book, buy it so the publisher knows you liked it. It’s a great article, so go read it. She uses buisness sense as well as passion for the product to show how women can help support comics and graphic novels that they appreciate in order to encourage more in the same vein.

The second article I read was one from The Escapist and it discussed the portrayal of women (both their physical appearance and their roles and attitudes) in video games and the impact that has on consumers. The author of the article, M. Junaid Alam, discusses not only why the images might be bad for buisness, but also why they are bad for the industry and it’s customers. He points out that the portrayal of women in many games is not only bad for drawing female consumers, but also bad for the male consumers. The article made me kind of wonder what makes gaming companies so certain that games with strong, interesting women with small breasts won’t sell if they’ve never tried it. Without the data on it, how do they know it won’t work? Granted, you still need the mechanics and plot to be done well, but is that really too much to ask? That is pretty much a requirement for any good game. Why don’t we get some variety in character types and heroes then?

Both articles are wonderful and well worth the time to read. And if you haven’t read Johanna Stokes’ other “Girl in the Clubhouse” articles, you really should. They are interesting and extremely well done.

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