Archive for September, 2007
September 12th, 2007

Curious what people are saying about you? That’s why the internet is awesome. Googling yourself is the cyber equivalent to sticking your ear up to your parents’ closed bedroom door and listening to them worry whether you’re going to pass fifth grade. Fun! Anyways, the Voice is curious what people are saying, too. That’s why, […]

September 11th, 2007

She says she orgasmed during cybersex, but how do I know for sure? We all hear a lot of dramatic moaning in the cyber sac (“Oh, oh, I just came for the third time!”), but when it comes to real life orgasms, there are definitely fakers among us. But don’t worry, wary cyberers. Last week’s […]

September 10th, 2007

This piece takes us way back, to my days writing editorials for Planet GameCube (now Nintendo World Report). First published on February 2nd, 2005, “Game for Girls” some how got lost in the site switch. Now, of course, it has a sparkley new home. For more old-school Bonnie on “girl games,” check out this Escapist […]

September 7th, 2007

Oh, New York, I was just starting to appreciate your all-night take out and your gritty, gritty air. Yes, today is my last day in-office at The Village Voice. I’ve really enjoyed my time here–the people, the atmosphere, the cubicle walls–but now I’ll be transforming back into a freelancer. That’s because, as of the end […]

September 6th, 2007

Though this article wasn’t published at American Sexuality until this past January, I wrote it about a year back. Shortly after it went up, it sparked a minor controversy and was taken down from the site. It appears here in full. — Venus in Furs A Look at Furry Sex in Second Life By Bonnie […]

September 5th, 2007

Being a girl gamer is hard enough, but being a gamer and a lesbian…?

On September 6th, 2005, this article of mine ran at Killer Betties, a women gamers site. Unfortunately, as is sometimes prone to happen, the link to “Girl on Girl Gaming” has since committed internet suicide. Thus I bring you the first in a short series of (old-school Bonnie) reprinted articles on sex, gender, and games.

Girl-on-Girl Gaming
Exploring Communities, Questions and Concerns of Lesbian Video Gamers
By Bonnie Ruberg

If women gamers are a minority in the video game world, then lesbian gamers are a minority among women gamers. Alienated from “normal”, male-oriented, heterosexual gaming culture by both their gender and their sexual-orientation, these female underdogs face many of the same trying issues as other girl gamers, but with some considerable complications. Even though their voices are rarely heard in mainstream media, they too are fighting for equal representation and respect in America’s narrow-minded video game industry. They face magnified concerns about community acceptance, in-game avatars, safe space, and discrimination.

Women, as members of a larger video game society, are often considered peripheral; if so, lesbians are the periphery of this periphery. As such, theirs is an even steeper uphill battle, a struggle against stereotypes not just about femininity, but about being gay. Yet they continue to play, if sometimes in the shadows–caught in a complex gaming culture that, in objectifying and over-sexualizing women, calls into conflict their feminist concerns and the interests of their desires.

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