(in reference to this post)
There are most certainly labels that should require strict qualifications before you can use them as an identifier. Doctor, lawyer, professor, blowfish chef. If you aren’t a Time Lord or haven’t gone to medical school, you should not be calling yourself a doctor.
And I will agree that people shouldn’t misrepresent themselves because they think it will help them fit in or seem cool. For a long time I told people I was 1/64th wombat so they would like me more and excuse my extra furry parts. But looking back, I didn’t need to be a wombat to fit in. People liked me just fine as I was.
That said, there are some labels that should not require extensive qualifications or an interrogation. I’m agnostic. Do I really have to prove that I am skeptical about the existence of a deity? Will I get my agnostic card revoked if I enjoy Jesus Christ Superstar? I own several bibles too. I’ve even read large bits of them. Whenever I stub my toe I call out the lord’s name. I also follow like 6 of the 10 commandments.
The truly offensive part of this is that if a male says they are a gamer, they are not questioned. It is just accepted. Not once have I ever had to prove myself. You don’t need to show how many hours you logged playing Call of Duty. You don’t need all the achievements in Assassin’s Creed. (I’m never going to find all those goddamn flags.) You just have to identify as male and a gamer and you’re in the club.
If you enjoy playing video games, you are a gamer. And even if you feel someone is not as gamer-y as you, it doesn’t really matter. It has no effect on your love of video games.
Women play video games. They are gamers. I know some that are quite passionate about them. They write fanfiction, create mods, and spend hours fashioning elaborate cosplay. Frankly, they put my gamer-ness to shame. But not once have they ever accused me of not being gamer enough. I think if male gamers like this fellow keep this attitude, there will be very little interaction with their lifestyle’s or actual dick.