ADULT CONTENT: Time for the third chapter in The Vagina Gamerlogues. The original writer (now contributing to Lesbian Gamers) has given permissions for these acerbic / insightful articles–about female gaming–to be published at Lesbian Gamers. We’re pleased to say she will also be writing additional Vagina Gamerlogues with a lesbian slant especially for us.
What is it like to be a lesbian / female gamer in the world of video games? This question and others are examined and spat out in a tongue in cheek manner by our very own Miss Ann Thropic (yes writer of our article Video Gaming Tips for Lesbians).
ACT 3 – Premenstrual Gaming was originally written back in 2004 and apparently caused quite the stir when it was published. Given that was then and this is now, we’re assuming that has blown over and Miss Ann Thropic has kindly updated the article for us with a brief explanation of what happened post first publication.
Alright I’m just going to say it, there are a couple of ‘famous’ (well as famous as any female gaming groups can be!) girl gamer clans that I’m sure you’ve probably all heard of, one is PMS Clan and the other is Frag Dolls. But here’s the thing, do these boothbabe styled girl gamer groups hurt women gamers or aid them? This is one of the questions some far more tactful person than I at [site working for at time] was going to put to both groups via a questionnaire, but as they have apparently snubbed the polite request, I, Miss Ann Thropic will draw my own conclusions based on the evidence at hand and say to them this – if you have PR make sure they reply, that is what PR is for!
It ain’t heavy it’s my gamer …
PMS, scourge of women everywhere, not only for the cramps, shooting pains, heavy flow of blood from your innards, but also for the overall ideology that women make sh_t up. That PMS is somehow psychosomatic and by being such can therefore become the butt of jokes for many a man who has never suffered such physical pain since his large drinking binge was set off by the e-coli flavored curry that seemed like a good idea at the time! Couple this with hormones that are doing what they like for the days leading up to Aunt Flows visit and you’re in for mood swings and a woman who should truly be avoided. So this seems like the perfect name for a female gaming clan PMS – Pre Menstrual Stress, bitchy line used by many to suggest a woman is “acting out”, or “on the rag”. PMS my readers is three letters to belittle womanhood and everything it stands for. PMS should stand for Profanity Men Shout at ‘her indoors’ as she drops a glass and cries for no apparent reason, but should it be used for a girl gaming clan? Well perhaps they are to be avoided any time of the month, perhaps they’ll kick your unsuspecting ass in many an FPS title, maybe that’s the message, albeit blurred.
Barbie Sucks Ass! …
FragDolls… Dolls.. interesting. Dolls, those mini ladies girls play with whilst still too young to realize the social conditioning machine at work, Dolls with babies, Dolls that are babies, Dolls with cookers, irons and more! Dolls.. in a Valley… all of whom know life is about a man, having a child and the respect that brings… Jacqueline Susann would be proud… Run Jennifer North, run while you can!!! *ahem* ….But there are other types of dolls.. those of the VooDoo kind, perhaps these are the dolls the Frag Dolls are named after because surely naming a strong girl group after a bunch of socially restrictive children’s toys isn’t a great idea and certainly doesn’t promote girl power in any way? Perhaps it’s ironic? Perhaps I’m missing the pointy point of it…. watch your hair Ann, guard your hairbrush, just in case it is the VooDoo type! I checked out the Dolls in some photos, with their lower than low hipsters and their perky little chests, the advertising machine at work, promoting these kick ass ladies in an all male gazed way, such a shame.
So what’s the take, what’s the score, what the hell is going on in the world when we seem to be so restricted to type? Periods and Dollies, two parts of every woman, but far from a whole. Do I respect these groups who seem to be shuttled around the gaming circuit like lambs to the slaughter? Hmm tough call, I admire their gaming prowess, I’m not sure I admire the packaging. But let’s face it people, it’s all about the packaging, right? Depth of meaning matters little if you can find a skinny white girl with hipsters, straight teeth and a joypad to pose for photos before her next game of Counter Strike. Say CHEESE!
Timeline Catchup for Lesbian Gamers .com
Man, I still remember the fallout from this article, no one was happy with me, not the PMS fragging dollies or the website owner where this was published–because of the slew of hatemail and spam she received from the PMS Frag types. I was happy at the time as I figured it kind of proved my point and the fact PMS Clan heads and high level Frag Dolls had taken much of it out of context and then fired off abuse at someone other than me made me question not myself, but them further really.
It was a long time ago, though my feelings about these groups hasn’t changed. In fact given the barrage of hate that followed, I think I actually respect them less these days than I did when this jokey piece was originally written. I don’t feel they represent me as a lesbian gamer in ANY manner.
It should also be pointed out that since this was written some of the Frag Dolls actually came forth and agreed with the sell out sentiment. The group splintered somewhat, some citing exactly what I was getting at in this article a good year or two before that all happened. It’s a funny ole world ain’t it.
I’ll also say that Lesbian Gamers has kindly republished these articles because they were very popular with readers, any harsh sentiment should not be aimed at Lesbian Gamers since they are merely lending me a platform because I am a screaming mad gaming dyke.
Thanks to Lesbian Gamers for once more airing the dirty washing of Miss Ann Thropic.
Hope you’ve found this article of interest, despite it now being a little aged – much like myself – but with age comes wisdom, apparently.
Miss Ann Thropic