I think of VJ as a bland representation of how some people on 4chan think a “properly assimilated” gamer grrrl should be. It’s probably ones of the less offensive ideas to come out of all this, but indicates some dubious stereotypes and ideas some people are working from.
One of the most preposterous indications of male gamer anxiety in that community is the “there are no girls on the internet” meme. It drastically fails to make sense in a number of ways:
- Females do not use the internet.
- Any females you meet are really guys in disguise.
- If they are not guys in disguise, they are making a point / looking for attention / confronting you by being there.
- But if they are self-deprecating sluts, they’re safe.
I would hope that anybody with some self awareness understands what a crock of shite this is. It’s like a manifesto of adolescent male insecurity. The first one is an absurd fiction which has never been true. The middle two might as well be tattooing “NOTGAY BRO” across their foreheads. The last one indicates how threatening in must be to meet a woman with any sense of self-worth.
How this fits in with their Vivian character is that she can be seen as a (probably unconsciously) symbol of disempowering through assimilation. The passivity indicates that she doesn’t speak up, isn’t threatening. She can be a great girl, because she’s one of the guys! And this seems reenforced by there being more images of her out there (that I have seen) since the GG nonsense, which causes me to wonder if she’s their community’s safer status quo to those “scary” wimmin who don’t mind being - not unreasonably - critical of things.
The assimilation implying that anybody can fit in, so long as they keep their identity a secret. Otherwise, in places such as 4chan, the “no girls” rules are applied. Then she gets to have her gender denied or be compelled to strip for people. It’s like the internet version of telling somebody: “Try to pass for a white man, and maybe we’ll let you live.” Somebody who mistakes this for any kind of acceptance does not understand their own capacity for bigotry. This could be reading too much into it, but within the larger context I see it as a real possibility.