What Cosmo says about women who game: we have more sex

November 2010 cosmo

November 2010 cosmo says start a weekend competition with your boyfriend because gaming women get laid one more time per week than nongamers, apparently.

According to every feminist’s favorite whipping-girl of women’s magazines, Cosmo, women who play videogames have sex an average four times a week where women who don’t only have sex an average of three times a week.  I think by “women,” however, they mean women who date men who are gamers.  Because, you know, all women date men and all men play videogames.  Now if only my man were a gamer, because my ignoring him for the Xbox doesn’t really facilitate any romantic encounters.

The magazine scan is via GamePro, who says this is a positive blurb for gaming Cosmo is always ragging on gamers guys for being terrible boyfriends.  I started flashing back to my college days and how obnoxious the gamer guys were in my dorms, binging on WoW all night or yelling about raping other players in Super Smash Brothers, and would hate to date one of those guys, too.

Author AJ Glasser does make a good point, however:

As of 2009, Cosmopolitan has circulation of 2.9 million (combined subscriptions and newsstand sales) in North America alone. If the mag picks up on video games as a good thing for women, the rate of women picking up video games as a hobby will also probably increase. In short, keep an eye on Cosmo. It could be the backdoor to a whole new audience of female gamer.

More women playing games and all, but I’d hate to see what kind of game is targeted towards the popular-idea of who a Cosmo reader is and what she interested in.

About Lake Desire

Lake Desire, real name Ariel Wetzel, has been blogging about feminism and videogames since 2005 at her blog New Game Plus. Lake also writes at Feminist SF - The Blog! Lake Desire is an English graduate student at University of Washington, studying science fiction, feminism, and cyberculture. At work, Lake participates in rank and file labor organizing and the anti-budget cuts struggle. Lake believes in direct democracy, queer liberation, and opposes white supremacy, patriarchy, and imperialism. Lake is white, queer, feminist, anarchist, and of course a cyborg. Lake may not sound like your typical gamer, but has been gaming since a toddler and never managed to quit.
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5 Responses to What Cosmo says about women who game: we have more sex

  1. Jayle Enn says:

    “More women playing games and all, but I’d hate to see what kind of game is targeted towards the popular-idea of who a Cosmo reader is and what she interested in.”

    I’m imagining Flash games based on any given month’s cover blurbs. ‘FIND that secret spot he’s embarrassed to ask you to touch!’

    That and ill-conceived tie-ins, like the Desperate Housewives game.

  2. Bel says:

    Professor Layton, if ads I’ve been seeing in magazines lately are any indication.

  3. lilmiss says:

    or there’s that japanese game about losing weight so boys will like you… (No english version of that exists at the moment thank goodness. I say this as someone who actually LIKES dating sims, when they’re well-written. That particular one is CREEPY.)

  4. j says:

    LOL what? I thought the stereotype of a hardcore gamer was the lonely nerd virgin type. Well, I know I certainly prefer lonesome Xbox time over most gamer guy’s company ;)

  5. Toitle says:

    I’d prefer lonesome red ring of death time over most gamer guys’ company.

    And I think the stereotype of hardcore gamers has moved from lonely basement dweller to hyper-aggressive fratboy. At least from the people I see on forums and such.

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