The best known egirls are a distributed view, an internet fusion, collectively funded, in part, by the thirst for fans. They’re queens of the micro-celebrity’s parasocial thing, charging from $ 25 to $ 35 a month for OnlyFans ’lewd“ gamer girl ”or $ 25 for photo shoots. “It’s one of those fantasy things,” he says Rusty Fawkes, an egirl with 1.5 million TikTok followers. On her OnlyFans, Fawkes publishes cosplay-inspired hairstyles, tits outside, in wigs and kitten ears. It’s not really like girls play video games, she says. We don’t wear a face full of makeup, a wig and a Darling in the Franxx cosplay by area for some Evaluation. (Sometimes viewers tell them that their controller is not turned on.)
It’s hyperbole. It is abstract. And, says Fawkes, “it’s sexualized for them. I mean, hey, if it’s something you can trade, and you want to trade, like, why not?” In 2019, egirl Belle Delphine posted a picture of herself in a bathtub with its pink game controller: “I’m selling my BATHROOM WATER for all you SEVEN gamer boys rag.” $ 30. It sold out instantly. A particularly enterprising PC maker sold Belle Delphine bath water-cooled PCs for $ 1,500.
This kind of professional egirl also invokes a central question in her existence: Will it be a release? On top of egirl are rococo-inspired Japanese lolites in soft dresses with cupcakes, Mary Janes Victorian dolls and lace socks. They may seem, in the face, childish, an appeal to male obsession with young women. It is Lolita after all. Lolita devotees would say that it is more subversive than infantilizing. It’s an anti-masculine look. It’s a flawed childcare, armor from head to toe against reality. More like dolls than humans.
If girls are dolls, people have a lot of fun wearing them.
Perhaps egirls are the natural conclusion of Donna Haraway’s cyberfeminist ideal in 1985: “simultaneously animal creatures and machines that populate ambiguously natural and artisanal worlds”. Catgirls online in clean rooms. In the boy’s loud voice, there’s producer Senzawa’s 2018 egirl anthem, reminiscent of a furry chat room role-playing game from NSFW 2000: Rawr !! x3 nuzzles pounces on u / uwu u so warm. Was Haraway wrong?
Caldwell is adamant that egirl is empowering. He doesn’t do it for men, he says, or for anyone. And kids don’t have a monopoly on cute shit. People take everything so seriously. “Yeah, game,” Caldwell said in another TikTok meme. She wears a pink plush arm with hanging rabbit ears and corresponding fluffy shorts. I know you don’t look like your “typical” gamer, though look upShe says. The camera cuts from a video of his game to a video game on his cheated gaming PC. Move a sponge across a plate and move your head rhythmically.