My name is Annie Gallagher. I’m a 23 year old trans lesbian radical feminist gamer & otaku. No, none of those are mutually exclusive. I have generally been the quiet and reclusive type for most of my life due to having severe social anxiety and aspergers. Despite this, I do generally like socializing with people and do wish I could do it more often. I know how to socialize and I understand social conventions very well, I simply find the process of initiating a conversation with someone immensely draining, and thus my attempts to interact with others have been more indirect. I mostly spend time rambling on Twitter and responding to what someone else says, or writing for this very blog, which is what I use to express my own views and opinions in a more concise and thorough manner.
My difficulties with casual social interaction have greatly heightened my writing ability and my skills at explaining things in ways that draws other’s attention. I have been told that when I speak, I tend to talk in a way that compels others to listen, and that me pausing mid thought sounds less like I am stammering and more like I am thinking about what I say before saying it (which most people allegedly do not do). Writing wise, I have been told that I write in a way that one would attribute to someone twice my age. While i am hardly of internet celebrity status, I have had many give strong praises about both my writing and personality.
I tend to approach things from a philosophical and introspective manner that is meant to touch upon things most people never think of or notice. This plays into my critique of media (mostly video games) because I am the type to go more in depth as to aspects of design and storytelling than most will, and also because I focus on not only how effective a game is as entertainment, but also as art. I also tend to cover a lot of stuff that isn’t typically written about.
On top of this, I strive to bring a feminist perspective into gaming in an attempt to properly represent feminist ideology in an attempt to undo the damage done to its image both in part to clueless pop feminists with little understanding of gaming or feminism, and their equally moronic reactionary hatedom. As a result, I have had many people who are otherwise anti feminists support me and my work, while also having a following of other feminist gamer chicks. I have even gained the support of some gender critical feminists surprisingly enough.
I draw reference to my ability to compel others via my writing not because I am bragging and hold a high opinion of myself, but because I only recognized my own self worth due to all of this support. Additionally, I say this because I have always had a rather low opinion of myself and thus feel that other people’s words speak more than mine. Nonetheless, I put a piece of my very soul into every word I type and I take this blog likely way more seriously than most do. As such, I greatly appreciate every bit of support I can get, and would greatly appreciate it if anyone were to share my work, donate to my Patreon, or just stop by my Discord chat and talk to me.
Nonetheless, I thank you for reading this.