March 29, 2011

Rants of a Gamer Girl: Feminist Gamer Bingo!

Filed under: Gaming — Tags: , — Rachel @ 11:02 am

Because I’m a gamer, I spend a lot of time reading reviews, blog posts, and articles about video games.  However whenever media critical thought or even gender enters the conversation, the same comments keep appearing.  So frequently in fact, that I felt it was worthy of it’s own bingo card.  Feel free to repost the above bingo card, but if you do so, link back to this page and give credit.


Inspired by the original Feminist Bingo Card.


  1. I love the honesty and the humor. Of course, these guys have only a theoretical idea of what Gamer Girl actually is.

    Comment by Cecilieaux Bois de Murier — April 1, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

  2. My wife and I are both gamers and while I see several of these on a regular basis and agree with you on most of these as offensive or ignorant, the bottom center one has me confused. I asked my wife if she found it offensive and she agreed that it doesn’t seem offensive at all… soo im curious, it seems that the comment in question actually supports women gamers but u list it with such gems as “tits or gtfo

    Comment by John — April 3, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

  3. Sorry, writing on a phone and it cut me off, but obviously the comment was leading up to a simple “why is that on the card”

    Comment by John — April 3, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

  4. @John

    I assume you’re referring to the “She’s just showing women can be sexy AND kick-ass” square? If so, it’s in reference to the responses that are frequently seen when a blogger or commenter expresses annoyance or disgust with a highly sexualized, physically “strong” woman in a video game – like, Ivy from the Soul Calibur series or Lara Croft.

    Comment by Rachel — April 4, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

  5. BINGO.

    I was tempted to leave it at that but couldn’t resist. I absolutely love this forever and ever. Thank you for sharing. If you don’t mind, I’d like to include it on my blog’s link list for today because it is AWESOME.

    Comment by Sartorial Nerd — April 11, 2011 @ 7:28 am

  6. @Sartorial Nerd- please do, just be sure to have a link back to the the original post (here) and credit Rachel O in your post! Thanks. Glad it resonated with you.

    Comment by Melanie — April 11, 2011 @ 8:01 am

  7. May consider you only have negative comments because you are a feminist not because you are a female gamer?.

    Female gamers have become very popular in some reviewing sites and youtube like Jo Garcia. Who are models, but they know their gaming, and more importantly they LOVE gaming.

    Just add one to your bingo.
    “No matter what happens you will whine because you are a feminist”.

    Comment by osborn18 — May 9, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

  8. Holy shit, osborn18 has just blown me away. Men are psychics so they just magically /know/ women who play games online are feminists, so that explains that one.

    His expansive knowledge of how women gamers are treated is truly great. Surely, sexual harassment is completely non-existent, those ‘popular’ gamers totally aren’t objectified in any sense of the word ever, and surely osborn can’t be one of the douchebags from this bingo board even though that is clearly a defensive response he’s giving.

    Well I guess as long as osborn18 says sexism no longer exists, it doesn’t.

    Comment by LilithXIV — May 10, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

  9. Actually, Osborn18, the author, RachelO, is a feminist and a female gamer all in one. Crazy, huh?

    Comment by Melanie — May 11, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

  10. Most the games that entail online play usually include violent content. I am by no way supporting these comments made by online-gamers to females because putting someone in an uncomfortable position based on their biology is morally and logically wrong. Similar to the mental affects of war, I feel as if when people play shooting games, their language becomes more offensive and demeaning. I’ve watched war documentaries and heard many demeaning racial slurs said in order to de-humanize the opponent and feel less guilty after killing them. I feel as if online sports games would share less abusive language because the content is nowhere near as violent, and because women are respected in the field of sports far more than they are in the military by men. The problem is very difficult because it shares so many roots, but a major root is because more men are in the military as oppose to women. I would not say the solution is more women enrolling in the military because I personally don’t believe we need more people in the military and is a backwards step to mankind’s progress. I’m trying to think of methods to discourage this type of behavior but I can only think of encouraging more females to play video games and therefore it becomes normalized, and are no longer minorities in the online gaming community. Therefore a group of guys will feel less empowered during online play against females.

    Comment by Arya Ziai — May 12, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

  11. Don’t forget the “you’re really a fat guy living in his parents’ basement” line or other even more offensive variants available only in games that don’t have integrated voicechat!

    Comment by Leiralei — July 26, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

  12. You go girls!

    Comment by Bingo Sites — September 16, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

  13. Thanks, osborn18, for dropping by to remind us that it’s ok for us to be gamers! As long as we make your dick hard and keep our mouths shut of, course. Kisses!

    Comment by Amelia — November 7, 2011 @ 11:41 am

  14. What’s wrong with Frank West?

    Comment by Parrotoga — November 13, 2011 @ 4:59 am

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  16. I think this is a real great blog article.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

    Comment by Dave White — April 25, 2012 @ 3:20 am

  17. Every time another guy says one of these things I want to punch them. I don’t think it’s just gamers though. The problem is pretty prevalent everywhere in our society. @Arya Ziai I don’t think playing shooters contributes though, I believe parents are responsible. I was raised to treat women with respect. I was also raised to believe cursing is generally a sign of ignorance or lack of vocabulary. Therefore, I don’t use that kind of language. I turn my microphone off online because most other people in shooters(guys, the girls rarely talk at all)annoy me and disgust me.

    Comment by John — May 11, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

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