Is The Way Booth Babes Are Treated Wrong?

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#1 Posted by North64 (25 posts) -
Hey guys, I've been looking into what the general thoughts are of people on the subject of 'booth babes'. After seeing a number of arguments about sexism and how they are treated like objects i can across a different argument. It concerns peoples view of the models themselves and how a lot of 'gamers' have tended to blame them rather than the company who employ and dress them. I think people tend to forget that the booth babes them self are just making a living and doing a job. To aim criticism at them and blame them for their presence at expo seems a bit odd to me. Surely people should complain about the company employing them? I'd love to hear other peoples thoughts on this. For anyone wanting to read the article i was talking about it can be found here: http://gamereuphoria.com/2012/11/booth-babes-are-people-too-in-defence-of-people-doing-their-job/ There are some points i disagree with but for most part it seems like a valid outlook, what do you guys think on the topic?
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#2 Posted by TrainerCeleste (1633 posts) -
I don't get what we should complain about, they are the ones who chose the job and it seems safe. It's not like they are forced into the occupation plus I don't think they company is selling them to the nerdy gamers who walk into the booth :P I don't particularly care for them as I'd rather be looking at my significant other anywho but why not, I mean if I could make tons of money just by wearing an outfit and representing a game I think I'd take it :P Are they treated bad? Perhaps by the guys that walk in but honestly I expect that with guys anywhere :lol: It must bring some attention to or else they wouldn't continue to hire these models. I mean the games pumped out regularly are horrid so these companies need attention somehow yes? :P
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#3 Posted by The_Last_Ride (76371 posts) -
Well they know what they are signing up for. I don't think this is the biggest worry of sexism. You got whole other issues with magazines, models, etc being made to look one way and treat women way worse. I would go out on a limb and say that some Booth babes may even like their jobs. It's not like everyone they met is a total idiot
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#4 Posted by coasterguy65 (7133 posts) -

They have to know what they are getting into dressing up in skimpy clothes and parading around in front of a bunch of nerds right? The are not slaves. There are other jobs out there.

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#5 Posted by Flubbbs (4826 posts) -

lol the girls know what kind of job it is

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#6 Posted by Justforvisit (2660 posts) -

I'm way more ashamed of those guys who go to a gaming convention for the booth babes :/

Only thing that annoys me about the babes is that you can't walk three steps without anyone trying to push crap in your hands. But that ain't there fault either.

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#7 Posted by xWoW_Rougex (2793 posts) -

I find it funny how he expects us to visit his advertisement link and discuss it over there when it's so easy to discuss it, right here.

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#8 Posted by skrat_01 (33767 posts) -
Someone is desperate for page hits.
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#9 Posted by LoG-Sacrament (20397 posts) -

to be honest, i wasn't aware of the constant strife of the booth babe. i know plenty of people roll their eyes at the idea of using models to promote games, but it's generally not at the models. i don't think the article gave much for concrete examples and i often found myself thinking "what exactly am i supposed to be outraged at?"

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#10 Posted by SouL-Tak3R (4024 posts) -

They know what they are getting into when they apply for the job. They are applying for a job based on how they look. Probably cuz they can't serve, can't act, or like being looked at.

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#11 Posted by wiouds (6233 posts) -

Booth babes are too stupid to know what they gotten into is a bit sexist.

How about we respect them as females with at least common intelligence? In fact, I say they are the most knowledgeable when it comes to how Booth babes are treated.

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#12 Posted by deactivated-57e5de5e137a4 (12929 posts) -
Sometimes sure, just like with any other job. Being groped or harassed is wrong. It's not wrong for people to look at people who are paid to have people look at them. It's not like there's a booth babe pimp that's going to kill them if they don't perform well.
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#13 Posted by North64 (25 posts) -
Someone is desperate for page hits.skrat_01
I'm not affiliated with the site, i only posted the link purely in case anyone was unsure at what i was getting at. Or indeed if people disagreed with the point made. Surely if i was trying to gain them hits i would of posted on Reddit or N4G or the like?
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#14 Posted by hiphops_savior (8424 posts) -
Eh, they knew what they signed up for, although I would rather have people treat them better than just cynical scorn, including me.
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#15 Posted by hiphops_savior (8424 posts) -

They know what they are getting into when they apply for the job. They are applying for a job based on how they look. Probably cuz they can't serve, can't act, or like being looked at.

SouL-Tak3R
Or maybe they're just models who are looking for their big break.
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#16 Posted by GodModeEnabled (15314 posts) -
As long as women sell themselves out to be paraded around in skimpy outfits they have no right to complain about gender objectification. You can't have it both ways ladies.
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#17 Posted by Canvas_Of_Flesh (4052 posts) -
They know what they're getting into when they take the job, so they really can't complain. I'm not going to say I don't like looking at them, but I find more fault with the people that employ them as a marketing device. I can honestly say that an attractive woman dressed in a skimpy, vaguely game-related outfit has never influenced my purchasing decisions. You shouldn't have to hire big breasted models to sell your product. Your product should be able to sell itself. Ultimately, I'd love to go to a game convention sometime, but I think I'd feel a little too embarrassed to bring my wife along.
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#18 Posted by skrat_01 (33767 posts) -
[QUOTE="skrat_01"]Someone is desperate for page hits.North64
I'm not affiliated with the site, i only posted the link purely in case anyone was unsure at what i was getting at. Or indeed if people disagreed with the point made. Surely if i was trying to gain them hits i would of posted on Reddit or N4G or the like?

Honestly it wouldn't surprise me if that did happen.
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#19 Posted by PetJel (3725 posts) -

They get paid for it and make the choice themselves, go look at the babes in formula 1 racing that's much worse tbh :\

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#20 Posted by jeffster85 (2286 posts) -

They get paid for it and make the choice themselves, go look at the babes in formula 1 racing that's much worse tbh :\

PetJel
or strippers....
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#21 Posted by thedarklinglord (854 posts) -
They're whores and should be treated accordingly. If they didn't want to be ogled and objectified, they should have made better career choices. For them to complain - or anyone to complain on their behalf - that they have to endure rampant sexism makes about as much sense as those costume-wearing Disney mascots in the theme parks to complain about all the damn kids wanting to hug them and climb on them and have their pictures taken with them. It's part of the job, the job you're being paid to do. Don't like it? Either quit and look into becoming a dental hygienist assistant or suck it the f*ck up, smile for the camera, and collect your friggin' paycheck. That said, there are certainly limits. For example, I don't think booth babes should have to just accept that sleazy sex-starved goobers might want to grope them. They're definitely not being paid for that and being molested unquestionably crosses the line. But being subjected to inappropriate, disgusting sexual comments? Meh. Kinda goes with the territory. You're dealing with the public and there are always going to be abusive, disrespectful knobs who make your job an insufferable, nightmarish hell - and that's true of any job dealing with the public, whether you're a scantily clad booth babe or blue-shirt-khaki-pants wage slave. Though, booth babes are more likely to be subjected to crude, juvenile antics given that they're scantily clad and/or overly sexualized eye candy. You should really have a thick skin or consider another line of work. Of course, if it's the same person harassing the women for hours, as opposed to just a vile but brief exchange, to the point where it's interfering with their job, then someone really ought to step in...and throw that douchebag a beatin'. Also, I'd like to say that I'd be just as apathetic to male 'booth babes' who whined about sexism or sexual harassment. Some dude dressed as Kratos having the bulge of his loincloth ogled or middle-aged fat chicks posing for a photo with him and whispering, "I'd love to lick the ashes of your dead family off your nipples," feels objectified? Ezio feeling defiled by crass, skanky college chicks asking him to slip his hidden blade into them from behind? Same advice: unless someone is trying to grab your junk, suck it up and deal.
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#22 Posted by Ballroompirate (25826 posts) -

Booth Babes love the attention, plus some of them actually make a decent chunk of $$

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#23 Posted by Lucky_Krystal (1390 posts) -

They're whores and should be treated accordingly. If they didn't want to be ogled and objectified, they should have made better career choices. For them to complain - or anyone to complain on their behalf - that they have to endure rampant sexism makes about as much sense as those costume-wearing Disney mascots in the theme parks to complain about all the damn kids wanting to hug them and climb on them and have their pictures taken with them. It's part of the job, the job you're being paid to do. Don't like it? Either quit and look into becoming a dental hygienist assistant or suck it the f*ck up, smile for the camera, and collect your friggin' paycheck. That said, there are certainly limits. For example, I don't think booth babes should have to just accept that sleazy sex-starved goobers might want to grope them. They're definitely not being paid for that and being molested unquestionably crosses the line. But being subjected to inappropriate, disgusting sexual comments? Meh. Kinda goes with the territory. You're dealing with the public and there are always going to be abusive, disrespectful knobs who make your job an insufferable, nightmarish hell - and that's true of any job dealing with the public, whether you're a scantily clad booth babe or blue-shirt-khaki-pants wage slave. Though, booth babes are more likely to be subjected to crude, juvenile antics given that they're scantily clad and/or overly sexualized eye candy. You should really have a thick skin or consider another line of work. Of course, if it's the same person harassing the women for hours, as opposed to just a vile but brief exchange, to the point where it's interfering with their job, then someone really ought to step in...and throw that douchebag a beatin'. Also, I'd like to say that I'd be just as apathetic to male 'booth babes' who whined about sexism or sexual harassment. Some dude dressed as Kratos having the bulge of his loincloth ogled or middle-aged fat chicks posing for a photo with him and whispering, "I'd love to lick the ashes of your dead family off your nipples," feels objectified? Ezio feeling defiled by crass, skanky college chicks asking him to slip his hidden blade into them from behind? Same advice: unless someone is trying to grab your junk, suck it up and deal.thedarklinglord

Stopped reading there:lol:

A whore is someone who has sex with someone else for money. Booth babes just stand there in skimpy outfits and look cute. They don't suck d!ck to get people to come over to booths. Are you really saying that we should treat them like prostitutes? Dear lord, do you hear that sound? Its the sound of my brain cells screaming and dying.

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#24 Posted by ReviewerDrake (805 posts) -

I'm a male but if I was an attractive female and they paid me to stand around in a skimpy outfit at a gaming expo I'd do it.... Easiest job in the world. Plus I doubt people disrespect or treat them poorly. If they are treated poorly it's on them no one is forcing them to work as a booth babe.