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Gamer Girls

Video games are one of the most common pastimes that we have today. At least among the younger generations, it is expected that someone can safely ask what video games a person plays in casual conversation or as an icebreaker. But, as commonplace as gaming is, there seems to be some idea that women don’t play video games as much or do not play them the right way. They often get called “fake gamer girls.” Somehow, video games have become a “guys only” activity and it’s considered weird, or at least unusual, for women to play them. But this really doesn’t make sense, at all.

Firstly, there is no “right way” to play any video game. Video games exist for the sole purpose of having fun; you cannot do that wrong. When a person plays a video game it does not matter if all they do is play the main parts of the game, if they try to complete the entire game and do everything possible, or if they aim for the highest score they can. It is a video game; have fun with it.

girls playing video games
“There seems to be some idea that women don’t play video games as much or do not play them the right way. They often get called “fake gamer girls.” Somehow, video games have become a “guys only” activity.” Photo from: www.rantgamer.com

Secondly, plenty of women play video games. A 2016 report by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) found that 41% of gamers in America are women (1). That is a significant amount, and thus, one certainly cannot act like female gamers are a minor portion of video games’ audience. I point this out because it is not uncommon to hear people say that women can’t or won’t play video games. This is very alienating to those that do play them. No one wants to hear that they don’t belong to a community they are really interested in and a part of, and they especially don’t want to hear that they can’t be a part of it based on their gender.

Lastly, probably the main reason why one doesn’t usually hear much about female video game players is because the other people in the community are usually extremely aggressive and sexist. In fact, it’s not uncommon for women to get death threats or rape threats (2). Video games have somehow become a “boy’s world” and there is a strange idea that women aren’t allowed for some reason. Frankly, it’s extremely sexist and misogynistic, not to mention childish. There’s a blatant prejudice against women who are involved in video games and many male gamers seem to think that they aren’t capable of “properly” playing them. The other idea is that male gamers are like children in the sandbox or their own special tree house and simply don’t want to allow females into the community. Women are perfectly able to play and enjoy video games, and they should be able to do so without a bunch of people harassing them for it.

  1. http://www.polygon.com/2016/4/29/11539102/gaming-stats-2016-esa-essential-facts

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/10/20/rape-and-death-threats-are-terrorizing-female-gamers-why-havent-men-in-tech-spoken-out/?utm_term=.cae4060e2ebd

Mr. RU helps out local animal shelter

The Mr. Radford University pageant started the holiday season right by donating its proceeds to the local animal shelter. On Nov. 7 at 4:30 p.m., Robert Worley, Aaron Ciarrocchi, Chris Grigsby and Owen Wise all brought their best talents to the table to fight for the title of Mr. RU, and boy did they deliver. Continue reading Mr. RU helps out local animal shelter

Pretty and plain

Photo by Spencer Crawford

Something that bothers me about people in general is their ugly obsession with their appearance. I’m not saying that people should always be satisfied with their bodies, but it’s more comforting to be around someone who doesn’t feel the need to wear makeup and do their hair every day, or pump iron and wear the latest fashions constantly.

There are plenty of people on Radford University’s campus who seem very comfortable in their own skin and I applaud them. There are also more than enough people who look like they should be made out of plastic and drive a pretty pink convertible to their Barbie Dream House. That’s all well and fine if you’re Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde,” but who really has time to keep every hair in place?

Photo by Jenny Krashin.

I also don’t believe that people should go walking around in their pajamas as often as they do, but for now I’m focusing on the beautiful people. To me, looking perfect every day gives the impression that you have too much time on your hands and you should really hit the books a little more. If you spend more than 20 to 30 minutes getting ready in the morning, then maybe it’s time to change your outlook on life because the farther you get in college, the less people will take you seriously if you appear to be overly attentive to your appearance.

Every morning I wake up about 30 minutes before I plan to eat breakfast. I never hit the snooze on my alarm clock; I just get the hell up and check my e-mail. Shortly after that I jump in the shower and spend 10 to 15 minutes in there. When I get out of the shower I get dressed, brush my hair, grab my bag and go eat. How hard is that?

I know I must sound like a total failure of a woman. I don’t put any mascara on, and I don’t dry my hair and make it look nice. In my opinion, everyone looks fine when they leave their skin and hair alone; there’s nothing anyone should feel ashamed about other than the clothing they choose to wear.

Photo by Spencer Crawford.

Speaking of clothing, I like a nice outfit every now and then, but save it for those days that you really want to feel nice. People might compliment you all the time, but after a while they’ll stop because you never look any better than usual. Wearing a t-shirt and jeans with some sneakers never killed anyone. As a matter of fact, the comfort might become more enjoyable than the attention after a while.

The same goes for men when it comes to being too pretty. Dressing in nice clothes all the time makes a man look high maintenance, which may attract some women, unless the personality matches the appearance. Also, women don’t want a man who is likely to borrow her beauty products. That’s just creepy.

In the end, no amount of glamor will cover up a person’s flaws. My advice is to see what you already have going for you and work with it.