Since When Can’t A Girl Play Black Ops?

Today is Thing 2’s 14th birthday.  It’s hard for me to believe she’s already 14, even though she looks like she’s 17.  She’s about 5’7″, wears a size 12 in juniors, size 12 shoes, and is what you’d call well-developed.

She had a couple friends come over, and since she got a fair amount of birthday money, she wanted to get Black Ops 2. Now mind you, she’s finished Black Ops 1 numerous times. She got hooked on the game because her older brother plays it.

We all piled into the van and went to Walmart. When she told the cashier (a guy) what game she wanted, he got a very surprised look on his face and  said, “You don’t look like someone who’d play that game.”

One of Thing 2’s friends asked, “What do people who play the game look like?”

He answered, “None of you.”

My reaction was what the hell.  If she had been a boy, this guy probably wouldn’t have batted an eyelash. But apparently a girl, according to this asshole, isn’t allowed to play a war game?

Fuck that.

My daughter descends from a military family. Her great-grandfather received a Purple Heart in WWII.  Her grandfather was in the Army, and she learned how to shoot a gun at the age of 9 by her Army father. She watched her older brother win a champion trophy in shooting at the local fair.

I’m guessing this guy also doesn’t think a girl can aspire to be a police officer, fire fighter, etc. Stereotyping asshole.

After she paid for her game and as we were walking away, she said, “He almost lost a sale.” She’s right. If we hadn’t already been to another store to look for the game, I wouldn’t have had her get the game from this guy.

As far as the rest of her birthday, it went very well. I took all the girls to an awesome frozen yogurt place, we got a couple movies (by a couple, I mean 5), and they played Black Ops, watched movies, and played more Black Ops.

They’re currently watching Hansel and Gretel and having fun.




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