Hello. I’m Ariel Wetzel, also known in virtual spaces as Lake Desire. I’ve blogged about feminism and videogames since 2005 on my site New Game Plus. I’m also a contributor at Feminist Science Fiction – The Blog! I’m thrilled to be invited to a group feminist gaming blog.
Identity-wise, I am 25 years old, white, working-class, cyborg, vegan, temporarily able-bodied (I learned that term on this blog!), queer (bisexual but currently in a relationship with a queer cis-man), and mostly cis-female with some gender-queering habits. I’m a first generation university student, and somehow have been accepted into the ivory tower as a graduate student in English at University of Washington. I study science fiction, women’s studies, radical politics, and cyberculture. Politically, I am a social anarchist, meaning I believe in a non-hierarchial participatory economy that is run democratically by workers and consumers. I also believe in collective liberation, which means that all of our struggles against oppression are interconnected and we will all benefit from the liberation of one another.
I’ve been less active in blogging over the past few years as I’ve gotten more involved in offline activism, but I am slowly trying to integrate blogging and non-academic writing back into my life. Currently, I am active in organizing my fellow graduate students against privatization and demanding more democratic control of our workplace and university. In the past, I have in the past been active in feminist, anarchist, animal rights, anti-war and anti-racist groups.
I may not sound like your typical gamer, but I’ve been playing since I was a toddler. I’ve tried to quit a few times, especially after I spent my entire freshman year of college playing Final Fantasy XI instead of making friends, but these days I manage to keep a balance. Gaming, for me, is largely social, whether it’s board games and D&D, or a Wii party game or Xbox Live. I’m frugal, so I’m usually play whatever last year’s hot game was. I’m currently playing Resident Evil 5 with a friend, and recently beat Bioshock and Mass Effect.
I look forward to getting to know you all.
P.S. I am “lakedesire” on Xbox live if you’d like to friend me.