Reblog if you’re interested in a female gaming community!
To all women writers, artists, designers, programmers, and then some:
If you’re even remotely interested in video games, you probably know how sparing the female population is in the gaming realm. Let’s fix that. My suggestion is to start our own female gaming business from the ground up. We originate with women and we hire women. Then, we use our powers for awesomeness: we create games for women, for men, for gender-neutral audiences, and we create games for every genre we can think of. And, of course, we come up with a catchy title and tagline.
Too bold? Maybe. Maybe not. It’s the 21st century, and this is Tumblr.
I encourage you to do a little research on the subject matter. I know I have. There’s an entire Wikipedia article on women and gaming. If you find a staggeringly small amount of material to study, make your own and say something. Bring it up at work or in your classes or at the dinner table. Talking about it is better than ignoring it, and female gamers everywhere deserve better than that.
There are several reasons why this is important to me. I’m part of this demographic. I’m a woman, and I love gaming. It’s not just something I do to pass the time. It’s a passion, and I’d like to pursue a career with it. I shouldn’t have to worry about my gender when considering the application process for a job. Maybe I’ll suck at it, but I deserve the chance to try and to be respected as a human being.
This isn’t a rampant feminist post. I acknowledge that there will always be someone on both sides of the argument. It’s true that many men don’t fit into an anti-female-gamer division, and it’s true that some women do support the stereotype. Be that as it may, this is my way of saying that, no matter what your stance is, the lack of women involved in the video game industry is appalling, and we should do something about it.
This is a crazy idea. I don’t even know where to start, or if anyone else is interested, but I do know something needs to happen. I will gladly make a new blog for it and assist in any way I can, if the idea takes off. Even if you have no interest in the business side of it, I hope you at least take the importance of this issue with you.
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