MRW I saw this in the ask box, with a second message* quickly behind it:
A very short trip over to our archives would have explained the origins of Pretty Gamer. We decided to think a little bit more about what that label meant, long before the faux controversy of the Fake Geek Girl was a bonafide internet *thing*, and some of our contributors really knocked it out of the park, turning the traditional usage of the word “pretty” on its head - making us all a little better for it.
Three years ago doesn’t sound like a long time, but back then there weren’t very many blogs or writers talking openly about gender issues in gaming. No one was shouting from the rafters about sexism and rape culture in tech and gaming. But there we were, trying to carve out a nice little space for women gamers and the people that supported our right to be pretty if we wanted to be.
But yeah - you would have learned all of that if you’d taken a few minutes to check out the site.
*The “losers who never do anything anyway”