I'm a girl YouTuber, soon to be streamer on Twitch. I wanted to watch and support other female streamers, but after an afternoon I feel a bit let down. (rant) (self.GirlGamers)
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So I sat down and found a few different female streamers to watch, maybe pick up a few tips or subscribe to some. After a few hours I ended up going through a range of emotions. These ended up being disgust, anger, disappointment, resignation and dispair.
It sounds like they were strong emotions to use but I was really looking to find a few role models I could look up to and was completely shocked by what I watched. Here's a few examples.
First stream of DoTa, the first thing the girl said was "I will take all the dicks for you team! I'll show these dirty sluts a good time!" Whilst looking at the camera and winking. Another girl wasn't even streaming her game, she was twerking on camera, donations pouring in. Another girl sat with her cleavage fully out, calling out subscribers names with moaning noises. I mean what?!?! Is this the image of the "girl gamer" Thats being shown to gaming orientated men across the globe?!
I found one or two lovely "serious" streamers who I followed, and a great german girl who I couldn't unfortunately understand but showed some great battlefield 4 gameplay.
In a way I felt motivated to really be one of the serious streamers to produce quality content without resorting to becoming sexualised. It's a shame to think the way I'm treated in Counter strike etc. Is perhaps a result of these female streamers treating themselves like sexual entertainment or objects and that it could be prevented.
Thanks for reading and I apologise if this offends or upsets anyone, but it was nice to share my opinions and feelings about the subject!
167 comments submitted at 15:26:26 on Feb 23, 2014 by Mylifeforhire