We’re girls, and we’re pretty. I’d even like to say that we all like our boobs as much as you do, so stop judging us for it. A new generation of “camwhores” is upon us, and causing more uproar than ever. “Camwhores” are defined as girls who stream, often times using Twitch, and use their bodies as a way to get donations. It’s already tough enough to be a woman in a predominately male field, but these girls are also the target of a lot of misogynistic backlash. It’s a frequent topic of discussion on many streams run by women.
This whole topic had me interested, so I began to browse female League of Legends streamers, and I came across Raihnbowkidz with a stream entitled “My Boobs are the Only Reason you’re Here.” As I began to watch, I saw a user comment saying, “Because you make money while on cam, does that make you a cam girl?” As she read all the commentary aloud, Raihnbowkidz carefully responded, “Does that make male streamers cam guys?!”
You have to stop and think about what it’s like to be the host of a stream. Anyone who is on camera is putting their entire self out there to be judged, and for girls that just happens to be our assets. Twitch.tv attempted to control this back in October 2014 by adding a line to their Rules of Conduct saying to
“Dress…appropriately. Nerds are sexy, and you’re all magnificent, beautiful creatures, but let’s try and keep this about the games, shall we? Wearing no clothing or sexually suggestive clothing – including lingerie, swimsuits, pasties, and undergarments — is prohibited, as well as any full nude torsos, which applies to both male and female broadcasters.”
While it seems as though Twitch may have initially been targeting women with their revised Rules of Conduct, they do mention in the statement that it applies to both genders. In my opinion, there’s a heavy underlying inference that this rule applies predominately to women, especially with the use of words like “lingerie and pasties.” As of right now, the Rules of Conduct say nothing against excessive amounts of cleavage.
Being on camera is hard; you’re performing for an audience and everyone will judge you on some level no matter what. After all, it’s pretty normal to care about your appearance. And although the money is nice, the truth is that many of the streamers are streaming out of their love for games, and no other reason. The money that streamers make from donations is often not enough to support a lifestyle, and the money goes right back into the stream, for giveaways or for tournaments.
What’s your opinion on “Camwhores,” the girls who are called them, and the word itself? If you ask me, the word “whore” is offensive in any context and shouldn’t be used to describe women streamers who are just trying to do what they love, no matter how low-cut their top might be.