The Same Old Gamer Biases, Next Generation, Part 2
When we last spoke, Little Jedi was having an issue at day camp where a snot-nosed little boy announced that girls can’t play video games.
Yesterday, I picked her up at camp, and before leaving, she said goodbye to and hugged a little boy. They seemed like BFF.
Me: Who’s your new friend?
LJ: Oh that’s Bob.
Me: I guess he believes that you play video games.
LJ: Oh yeah, he told me about an enderman plushie at Target and I have a creeper plushie…
Me: Yay, see? He learned his lesson about girls and video games.
LJ: Yep he did. But Fred says that girls can’t play video games.
Me: Welcome to my world.
It’s a semi-happy ending. She made a new friend and they are geeking out together, but it’s exhausting to think about her having to do that whole conversion process with every boy-child she meets. Been there, done that.
And try explaining to a 6-year-old whose mom and dad are equal in every way that some people irrationally believe that women can’t do XYZ. The phrases “Because they’re idiots” or “Because their parents are idiots” were used frequently.