Women and girls who play video games are up against a lot : one-dimensional female protagonists, sexual harassment by male gamers, objectificationand a litany of weirdly specific — and impossible to fulfill — criteria for what "real" gamer girls should be. If male gamers and nerds have always, to some extent, been challenged to prove their "authenticity" to others in the community, those tests have been based in knowledge and skill. With female gamers, it's quite a bit more complicated — and more than a little sexist. What gamer girls and, relatedly, their comic book cousins, " fake geek girls " should and shouldn't do and what they should and shouldn't look like is a frequently heated topic of Internet discussion, particularly on Tumblr. See the gamer girl tag in particular.
I will be pulling snippets from the chapter and commenting on them as I go. In the game world, Maddy can transform from regular outcast high school student to Allora, a beautiful Elfin princess with magical powers to take down enemies with a snap of her fingers and a wave of her wand. She has to find ways to kick back at the Haters, rock her manga, and find the new, real-life friends she knows she deserves. Maddy, I feel you. When I was in high school, I would retreat into books and my writing a lot when I felt uncomfortable around others.
This is an understandable reaction. I also rocked the elfin magical girl bit for a while. Really now? People have reasons for retreating to that. Wait for it. I think I would have gotten bored around three hundred or so. But Sues are pretty dedicated when it comes to gathering fuel with which they can judge other people. This is a red Sue flag to me. After all, half of marriages end in divorce, or so they say.
Maybe I should count my blessings that Mom and Dad stuck it out as long as they did. Still, having to vacate our uber-hip Back Bay Boston brownstone, leave my private school and friends behind, and move to Unicorn Land- all in the middle of my sophomore year- was a bit much. Frankly, I find your self-absorption a bit much. Damn, not everything is about you. As opposed to just being ridiculously selfish. There were prisoners on death row more excited about their pending visit with the electric chair than I was about my enrollment [at a new school].
I mean, hello! First off, there was a bus. Back home, I always walked. Oh, no! Anything but a school bus! But calm down. Just calm down. Maybe take up yoga. Cself, you know? Stop being so concerned about transport. She died her hair pink and pierced her own nose in seventh grade. I agree that girls should express themselves, but could she maybe express herself in a more sanitary way? Maybe by getting her nose pierced professionally?
It got infected, and her shirt caught on it in class. It started oozing puss and blood. It was really gross and awful. Some believed she was still a bit sexy gamer girls tumblr about the whole thing. Whoah there. I hope you meet tons of uber-cool rock girls and sexy, sexy bad boys. Never trust anyone in a turtleneck. Consider this the memo. Always judge a book by its cover. It's science. I pressed End, grabbed my hoodie, and vacated the Pepto-Bismol-colored, unicorn-themed bedroom Grandma had stuck me in.
After all, originally she wanted me to share it with Emily. I think I would have stabbed myself with a unicorn horn if I had to bunk up with my little sis. Because the only thing worse than living in a pink room is having to share space with someone else. Thank goodness my little sister is so obnoxious that she managed to get her way.
Maddy, come on. Do we need to sit you down and have a talk about appropriate reactions? Also on how to just be nice about one thing? One likes punk rock.
The other likes unicorns. Who will come out on top?
Will they ever get along? Tune in! But no luck. Okay, fine, maybe I should have dressed a tad more conservative. We were in the suburbs after all. In fact, a lot of suburbs are relatively close to big cities. Not a whole lot of a difference there with the clothes. Maybe a little more plaid in the suburbs.
The right friends? You need a screening process. It said, Gothy, but approachable.
Yeah, you should have dress more conservatively. Short skirts are usually against the dress code at schools. This change is both mortifying and wonderful wonderful for me. I hope you realize that you just jinxed yourself, Maddy. This is a little beautiful. Poetic justice. A plan formed in my mind. There had to be stores around somewhere. Buy a decent outfit and head to class. I might have to miss first period, but it would be well worth it.
An outfit would be worth it to skip class on your first day? Just stuff another outfit in your bag and change when you get there.
Of course, her grandmother sees through it and insists on walking her into the school to get her schedule. We stepped through the double doors, into a sea of lip-glossed Barbies and Tom Brady wannabes. I did a double take. Surely every high school had some diversity, right? Evidently wrong. You think the only people who are people are the people who look and think like youuuuuuuuuuuuuu. Where were the mop-headed emo boys and Edward Cullen-worshipping Goth girls?
Where were the skater kids? The punk rockers?
Anger burned in my gut. Stupid Mom for leaving Dad. Worked it out. Four kids- two boys and two girls- sauntered down the hallway in a way you usually only see in teen movies. He high, shoulders back, self-satisfied smirks written across their perfect faces. They might as well hae been weaing T-shirts with the word popular scrawled across the front. Cue the bitchy in-crowd people who make her life miserable. Billy, Chad, Lucy, and Chelsea. In that order.
They pretty much rule the school. Chelse, on the other hand, was channeling her inner Jackie O […] It should have looked old-fashioned, but the girl totally worked it. I turned my attention to the two boys. Billy was tanned, tall and muscular, good-looking- your typical jock meathead really.