Booth Babes

To say that I’m “annoyed” would be a massive understatement at the moment.

I’m a member of the Luminoth Temple, an official Nintendo forum originally created for Metroid fans. The only way one can join the forum is to have a current forum member invite you in. According to theirĀ  welcome note, “it is a site for mature gamers, 17+ years old”. The forum grew beyond its Metroid orientation to embrace general discussion on games, with sub-categories for particular Nintendo games or other aspects of gaming. They made it a point to emphasise their “maturity” compared with other forums, specifically the Nintendo NSider Forums.

The fact that video gaming is a male-oriented and male-dominated hobby has never struck me so keenly as today, because I tend to hang out in communities that are actually mature as opposed to being only superfically so.

I visited the Temple today to find an entire message board created to rate the attractiveness of booth babes. Obviously, there were many threads created that contained images, and forum members were free to comment. You can imagine what kind of stuff people say when they don’t think someone is attractive. You can also imagine the sort of attitude that people have towards booth babes.

On the one hand the guys drool over them as if they’ve never seen a real, live woman before, yet on the other hand, they condemn the same women for working there — calling them whores or other derogatory terms. Men celebrate booth babes’ presence in as much as it gives them pleasure to look at attractive women, but they judge them harshly for having this job. Why the hypocrisy? These women are paid models, and many of them are aspiring actors. I may not agree with the entire concept of booth babes, however these women are there to work. People should respect them, and not label them whores simply because it’s their job to look good and promote products.

I don’t agree with this conservative games blogger on most things, however, I do agree with his sentiments on booth babes.

I hadn’t intended this place to be a ranting ground for gender and gaming issues, but lately it’s all I seem to post about. Maybe the discussion isn’t new to a lot of people (judging by the reactons to this post which made it to the most recent Carnival of Gamers), but it’s very familiar to me. I’m just getting a bit tired of debating it and other related issues. It gets tiresome, having to state my opinions over and over again every time I encounter gamers who need to see another point of view. *sigh* I just didn’t bother this time.

  8 comments for “Booth Babes

  1. Dyannamika
    11 June 2005 at 05:50

    I don’t have much problem with booth babes… actually. It’s just a job. It’s not a job I would want, or would go for…

    In a way I do have a bit of a mixed opinion on them. Not on the booth babes themselves (there are worse jobs that they have) but rather the way they are used to lure gamer boys to places.

    I’ve never really been to a con or anything like that so, I can’t have much of an opinion on whether they are good or bad. I don’t think they’re either. As Brinstar just told me online, they at least have more self respect than Jessica Cabot.

  2. 11 June 2005 at 06:03

    I think Steve Buscemi’s character, Happy Franks, in The Impostors, illustrated the destructive dichotomy with which men are trained to view women when he said of his unfaithful wife, “I loved my wife like a mother and a hooker and look where it’s got me!”

  3. 13 June 2005 at 02:36

    Emm booth babes at first I thought you meant whores…like in whore houses in the glass fronts they often have. Not much difference though (only messing, we all sell ourselves)

  4. 13 June 2005 at 19:44

    I can safely say that I have no idea what you are talking about when you describe these whore houses. Do you live in a country with legalised prostitution?

    We all sell ourselves

    True enough, to a certain extent.

  5. Anonymous
    15 June 2005 at 07:40

    No but I have travelled the world and then some. In Amsterdam for example they often are in windows. Or in London they are outside the doors luring folk in.
    Heard in Asia even worse…but well its a bigge rindustry there.

  6. 8 February 2006 at 15:57

    Re: London.
    Um… no they’re not. Those aren’t whorehouses with women outside, they’re just strip clubs. Prostitution ain’t legal here.

    The actual prostitutes are in the upstairs flats of dodgy-looking alleys. You can recognise them by the open doors that have a handwritten sign on luminous green/orange card stuck on the wall saying “Model upstairs”

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