The above pics were uploaded to Taiwan geeksite CK101 under the title “Do all female nerds play WoW like this at home?” The series is an an apparent homage to this picture, already well-circulated elsewhere on the ‘nets.
We’re furrowing our brows intensely with what to make of these pics. Do they seek to empower girl gamers by juxtaposing their frames against their typically naked and shirtless male gamer brethren?
Or do they exist to perpetuate the objectification of women and girl gamers in particular, thus further hampering their online credibility where outing yourself as female 99% of the time will lead to sexist tirades and incessant calls for “tits”?
We’d like to believe it’s the former. Why shouldn’t women be allowed the same clothing-less comfort of internet gaming in a room already sweltering from computer fan heat?
However, the internet leaves us jaded once again, as it’s apparent someone was around to take this picture — meaning more than a few of these were probably staged by a boyfriend/husband eager to show off his “loot” to the rest of the male-dominated WoW community.