Diversity on Girls’ Game Shelf

Every time I open myself up to questions about our show, the inevitable diversity question comes up. Why all girls? I figured I’d write a blog about it, so y’all can have that information up front.

Why all girls? Because when I started this channel a few years ago, there weren’t very many women reviewing games. Plain and simple. It didn’t feel like a radical, ground breaking decision. It just made sense to offer a perspective that wasn’t in the mix yet. I did not expect accolades, or backlash, or really anything. I just shrugged and said, “Yeah, it should be all women.”

I don’t talk a lot about the fact that we’re all women or that we are a diverse group. That’s not by accident. I am a big fan of normalizing diversity. That means that watching a show with all women isn’t edgy, it’s normal. Watching a show where the group of women come from all walks of life? Normal. The players are a whole lot of different skin colors too? Normal. We don’t need to make a big deal out of what is normal. We just need to put it out there, so that folks who aren’t used to seeing “normal” can start to acclimate.

This isn’t to say there isn’t a place for talking about diversity. I follow a great many people who speak eloquently on diversity and inclusivity. We have some excellent voices in this community. I am working on my ability to speak with that kind of clarity. Right now, that’s not where my talent is. And honestly, that would detract from my show. It would filter out my viewers whose ears are closed to that conversation and I would miss that opportunity to show them the beauty of normal.

If you are like me, and don’t feel that you have the voice to contribute to the important conversations that are happening, I encourage you to join me in normalizing diversity. Lift up the designers, publishers, artists, and reviewers who embrace diversity. Buy their games. Subscribe to their channels. Share their posts. Then we will all be delivering the same message; Games are awesome and diversity is normal.