November 04, 2005

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.

Posted by Katie at November 4, 2005 03:16 PM | TrackBack

I'll probably post something on The Escapist this weekend (it's late, I'm tired and I have a wee nephew to see tommrow) because it's a really good read, but I have to say that Butt's article was hysterical. It reminded me of the conversation that I had on COH about my costume:

"OMG! That's so cute! You better not be a boy!"

Admittedly, I got a little defensive because who cares what gender is behind the keyboard, as long at the person can play?

I've never brought up if I was a man or a woman behind the keyboard. I don't think it should matter as long as I play nice with others. But it's funny -- it's like there's this belief (probably from their sisters, girlfriends, whatever) that girls don't play video games. Not only do I play, but I've probably killed their asses a couple of times.

And why the hell should looks matter, as long as the person plays well? You never see messages like, "All the men here must be nerds and fatties."

Posted by: Viv at November 5, 2005 01:45 AM

Hi! I just found you. Have we met? If I link to you, what site should I use? There are so many of you.

P.S. I'm a girl, too. Really.

Posted by: L-girl at November 5, 2005 07:51 PM

Hi! I don't think we've actually met, but I read your blog. If you want to link to me use That would be cool. I love your blog, it's so entertaining (and I want to move to Canada too). Your dog is adorable! I hope you enjoy my site!

Posted by: Katie at November 6, 2005 02:27 PM

Why thank you! That's so nice of you.

I'll link to you right now. If you do decide to move to Canada, please feel free to email me with your progress or updates.

P.S. Buster says hi. Woof!

Posted by: L-girl at November 13, 2005 02:26 PM
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