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OMG Girlz Don't Exist On Teh Intarweb! 225

The Escapist has a brilliant article penned by a young woman who has to deal with blatant disbelief at her existence. Why? Because there are no women on the internet. From the article: "This is the story of my internet life. (I'm not quite sure if it's a good or bad thing that I have an internet life, but internet life it is.) I'm a girl, I play games and I exist on the internet. Or so you think. Time after time, I get told I'm not a girl and that I don't exist. It's happened so much that I'm beginning to think that it's true. So, I spend some time getting to know them. Who are these mysterious creatures called girls if they don't exist on the internet? What does this mean for the men of the internet?"
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OMG Girlz Don't Exist On Teh Intarweb!

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  • by Julian Morrison ( 5575 ) on Friday November 04, 2005 @08:02PM (#13954592)
    ...she gets her professionally taken pics plastered all over The Escapist.

    Way to prove you're a girl, I suppose. Still, so much for the "I don't show my pic to random people" thing. Couldn't get much more random than that!
  • My Wife (Score:3, Interesting)

    by NotMyNickName ( 922171 ) on Friday November 04, 2005 @08:07PM (#13954632)
    My wife went through this recently. She plays WoW... a lot. She's a female, NE rogue and has been in a guild for about four months now. They talk all the time and she's said many times that she's a woman and all that. Well recently, on their guild website they were posting pictures of themselves and people were shocked that she was actually a she. I suppose they figured she was really role-playing it up or something.
  • by Seumas ( 6865 ) on Friday November 04, 2005 @08:23PM (#13954738)
    Girls exist on the internet. It's just that most of their existance is based around whining (like this lousy Escapist article... why they keep showing up on Slashdot, I don't know...). Girls don't exist on the internet..? Then how do you explain Friendster, Makeoutclub, Livejournal, Deadjournal, eBay, suicidegirls and the other countless sites that consist of nothing but pathetic chicks rambling on about every single miniscule event in their life and whining about highschool-style romances and betrayals and jealousy? Not to mention all of the slutty chicks trolling for male attention online.

    Girls on the internet are about as relevant (to me, at least) as girls on Jupiter. Who wants a chick that spends all of her time parked in a chair porking-out while surfing the internet all night long? Same thing I don't get about guys who want girls who are into gaming.... Why? If I want someone to game with, there are other dudes. The last thing I want is some chick that I'll never see because she'll always be online or arguing with me about who's turn it is to do something on line or spending all of our time instant messaging each other even though we're six feet apart in the same room.

    I prefer chicks who don't even know what this "internet" thing is. And the ones who do, I just pretend they're guys in the first place.
  • by spineboy ( 22918 ) on Friday November 04, 2005 @08:30PM (#13954795) Journal
    I've noticed that a fair amount of people on City of Heroes are women (stay at home moms) - maybe it has to do with the style of game it is - a cooperative type game. Men tend to like situations where you either compete against eachother, or have a definite leader (like the armed forces, football team etc.) Women tend to like situations where everyone works together. C.O.H. seems to appeal to this style of play.

    While it's difficult to get accurate stats on the real percentages of men and women playing games, I'm sure that different types/styles of games will tend to have a greater or lesser amount of the various sexes.

    I'm not surprised to see more women playing games , as the games evolve into more of a social type of situation. I, for one, like this development, as it seems to cut down on the amount of trash talking that young teenage boys tend to do, and also broadens the game strategies (men and women definetely think differently, not that one is better than the other).

  • by wuie ( 884711 ) on Friday November 04, 2005 @08:52PM (#13954931)
    When I first started playing online games (Descent 2, Quake 2 timeframe), I found that the reaction I would get for being a female gamer would be based on what group I was talking to.

    - Clan/Guild members would automatically believe me, and I rarely got any odd treatment for being a female.
    - Denizens in channels I'd frequent would be more reluctant to believe that I'm a female, and very often ask for pictures. When I would refuse these requests, I'd get the aforementioned flood of "U R a D00D lolololz"
    - While actually playing the game on servers, I'd almost never mention that I'm a female. I learned to do this because whenever I would mention my gender, I'd get the pix requests tenfold, and the excessive chatter (sometimes inquisitive, but most often crude) would deter me from the action and ruin the experience.

    This list, of course, has some exceptions. While part of a online gaming clan, I was once a ranking officer of a section of the guild responsible for playing a particular game. During a clan match, one of the members found that one of our other members was cheating, and brought the questionable screenshot to my attention. While I was in the process of bringing this to the clan leader, I was subject to a rather vicious attack, one that focused mainly around the fact that I'm female, and of course must be a "camwhore" or "extremely fat and stupid", of which I am neither. He still got ejected from the clan, but not without dealing the damage and attacking me in front of 100+ clan members.

    What has all of this taught me? There are times when I can be proud of being a female gamer, and other times when sticking my neck out like that will end up with my head rolling. I learned that it's far easier to just let my gender be a mystery while playing online, instead of letting my gaming experience being ruined by asshats.

    With the increasing popularity of MMORPGS, however, many female gamers are now playing games online. These female gamers are now encountering the same treatment that I've been used to for years, and are quite taken back by it. Hopefully this flood of female gamers will bring the fact to life that female gamers do exist, that we do play, and that we just want to play.

    We shouldn't need to provide a picture to prove who we are. :)

  • by Daniel Wood ( 531906 ) on Friday November 04, 2005 @09:42PM (#13955211) Homepage Journal
    But no one really cares. I guess that is the advantage to being in a gaming community with an average age of around 25. We're a FPS community, we use TeamSpeak, but whe a woman gets on the channel, she is just another player as far as we're concerned.
  • by shawb ( 16347 ) on Friday November 04, 2005 @09:44PM (#13955218)
    I can't count the number of times some friend has been all crazy over his new girlfriend and thinking she's the best thing on earth while the rest of us scratch our heads wondering why he's sunk so low.

    Happens on-line, happens off-line. Happens to guys, happens to gals. What really happened is they wanted to sleep with someone and didn't care about the consequences or if it was the right person for a relationship. The thinking she's the best thing on earth is just him not being able to seperate love from lust. Fitting your preconcieved model of what you think is hot really doesn't preclude wanting to sleep with them... sometimes even out of curiosity. Sometimes this miscongruence results in people justifying their hormones by attributing the feelings to emotional bonding.
  • by Fritzed ( 634646 ) <> on Friday November 04, 2005 @10:09PM (#13955317) Homepage
    Wow, I just realized that I have never been on the internet. I guess I never realized that the whole of the internet consisted of the World of Warcraft. How could I have missed this? I mean, what other explanation is there for why no girls on World of Warcraft could equal no girls on the internet. It's all so clear to me now.

    -> Fritz
  • by Kelbear ( 870538 ) on Saturday November 05, 2005 @01:39AM (#13956202)
    I played City of Heroes for quite a while and found some surprises in my guild after going over the roster. Me and a friend were the youngest members at age 20, and about 1/3rd of the roster was female.

    Pretty damned odd. I'm pretty sure that this situation was the exception rather than the rule.

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