Alright, so you are likely familiar with Twitch. It is the most significant streaming site for gaming. You can go to Twitch right this moment and check out streams that are live. Lately, there has been some upset from the streamers and watchers. This particular upset is all about cam girls.
What is a cam girl? Well, typically it is something of a stripper on cam. A woman who makes money using sex on her webcam. However, the term seems to have broadened. It’s now not only webcam soft porn girls, but also sometimes yelled at the top of people’s lungs when any sexuality is sensed by certain watchers (whether said sexuality is intended or not), and sometimes it’s even a derogatory term for a girl on webcam at all. Ah, got to love misogyny on the internet. It can be particularly bad in the gaming community where one feels the need to practically apologize for being a girl gamer. I in the past felt the need to be “one of the guys,” “not like other girls”…you know, “oh, no no I’m just like a guy. Not also like those other chicks that you think are XYZ”. Agh! Luckily, I’ve matured past that.
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Anyway, so what exactly is a cam girl on Twitch? Well, the rules state nothing explicitly sexual.
Nudity and conduct involving overtly sexual behavior and/or attire are prohibited.
Notice how vague that is? Yeah, well everyone has noticed. It means there is this weird gray area where people can complain about anything sexual (like “omg she has cleavage”), but also girls can stream stuff that is most definitely sexual but still has somewhat a guise of not being sexual. Like bending over for the camera, or even having secondary cameras set up for their chest or butt. I guess the guise is if they are cosplaying? I don’t know, it’s hard to see the justification of that not being sexual. “What it’s just a butt cam,” haha, um…
Anyway, yes, I’m saying there are faults on both ends because there is. Those against cam girls and cam girls themselves. However, the real problem seems to be from the rules and admins themselves. With vague rules comes the ability for those in power on Twitch to use the rule as they see fit. Doesn’t that just sound like a recipe for disaster? Well, it has been lately. A favorite streamer (TrainWrecks) was recently banned for “hate speech against women.” It seems deserved. However, that isn’t really the issue. It’s that he received a five-day ban while a girl streamer involved in the arguing with him received a 24-hour ban.
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I’ll tell you right now. The different ban times was not some vague unfair thing about how cam girls get better treatment. However, the rules are so ambiguous, and Twitch likes to stay so tight-lipped that who was to know that? It outraged many, and Twitch finally said it had to deal with how many times a person has been ban previously. This wasn’t TrainWrecks’ first ban, but it was the girls (Nyakkj). However, even with that clarity the question still remains on if Nyakkj should have been banned times before for sexual things in her stream. Hmmm.
The issue just keeps coming back to Twitch’s vague rules. They need to be revamped for the growing and changing community. There is a section called IRL where most of these possible cam girls exist. Some of these girls have claimed that any reports for sexual content on their streams get thrown in the trash. It’s not fair, plain and simple. It appears that these girls using sex to get viewers really are getting special treatment from Twitch staff. The cause is likely money, and probably just personal opinions on how the sexual rule should be interpreted.
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I think we can all agree though that the rule shouldn’t need interpretation. It needs to be specific. My proposed solution would be to have an 18+ area in Twitch where sexually driven streams can go. I also think a stricter, apparent rule should be made for the areas that aren’t 18+ in this scenario. Is this going to make everyone happy? Not by a long shot. That is because there is a lot of hate for cam girls, or girls, in general, to be honest. A big complaint is that they use their looks or gender to make money/get followers. I think this is goofy considering males dominate Twitch by far, or game streaming in general really (not just Twitch). I also think it’s a bit naive. It’s idealism to believe that one specific quality should make a streamer famous. That’s not how the internet works. Take, for example, BuzzFeed. Are their articles quality content? Not at all. It’s quickly thrown together series of pictures and links on a popular topic. Is it popular? Absolutely. That is just something we have to accept. Overall though, no matter the issue at hand, not everyone will be happy when such a significant amount of people are involved.
My opinion on cam girls is I don’t care. It’s just another leg in the horse to get money by having internet followers. They don’t bother me, I don’t bother them. We all can dance in a field under a rainbow if we want. What I’m not really okay with is the hate involved with it, but hey that’s been going on for centuries, and I’m not going to open a can of worms on gender issues. I prefer to keep my topics gaming centered and with this topic, there is apparently a reason to be upset with how some Twitch cam girls are getting different treatment than other streamers.