At first I thought the two things I wanted to talk about were unrelated… but they’re actually completely related.
The first is the movie The DaVinci Code. Yes, it got bad reviews, but I enjoyed it. It didn’t feel wrong to me. The wrong things were wrong in the book too from what I recall. i.e. why would a Frenchman leave clues for his French granddaughter in English (pomme would have worked as well as apple).
The other thing is that once again the haters are bagging on the PMS clan. This time on Digg.com. I actually got a heads-up on this thread from none other than my matron saint OGHC who told me; "don’t worry about it. F*** ’em."
Here’s how the DaVinci Code and PMS bashing are related: They’re both about women being kept out of power. In gaming as in the church and in politics and in society as a whole. Apparently we’re supposed to look pretty and shut the hell up. We need to know our place! how dare we attempt to play with the boys?
Here’s the logic of these people: ‘The PMS clan only gets attention because they’re hot.’ ‘The PMS girls are not hot.’ Oookay, so then why are they getting attention? Could it be because they’re a huge sisterhood of gamers?
The problem is that there are a lot of gamers out there who think they should be plucked from obscurity on the basis that they own MS stock, or they’ve been playing games since they were five. YES, these gamers are important to us, and YES I have featured over 150 of them on Xbox.com. I don’t understand why people get up in arms over the ‘attention’ that these girls get.
You know what? In over 4 years at Xbox.com I have gotten complaints about ONE male gamer I profiled. But EVERY time I publish a story on a female gamer I get flame mail about how I only interviewed such and such gamer because she’s a girl. Go look at my Gamer Spotlight archive and count how many girls have been featured. Go ahead, I’ll wait. You can start with Esinrada–she was the first. And I believe the latest one was LuLu.
I don’t understand why the gaming community is so threatened by women. It’s not that they’re afraid to get beat by them–they say over and over girls don’t play as well. And don’t even talk to me about how it’s just PMS they object to, because it’s not. It’s women. And it bums me out. We may not be getting burned at the stake anymore, and hooray for us now we can do all the housework PLUS work 60 hours a week in the office. But damn, when I was a little girl my mom assured me that when I was a grown up a woman would be president and girls would be able to do anything.
Okay boys, commence flaming.