Twitch Introduces ‘Dress Code’ For Streamers
Mike Sanders / 2 weeks ago
Twitch, for many, has provided an excellent home for watching gaming videos or indeed, for the more adventurous, acting hosting a show themselves. It hasn’t, however, been without its critics.
In a rather lengthy Blog Post, Twitch has basically instated new guidelines regarding the ‘dress code’ of its streamers. Put simply, what is worn must be considered suitable for wear in a public area or space.
In the post, they said: “Attire in gaming streams, most at-home streams, and all profile/channel imagery should be appropriate for a public street, mall, or restaurant. As a reminder, we will not tolerate using this policy as a basis to harass streamers on or off Twitch, regardless of whether you think they’re breaking this rule.”
There’s an elephant in the room here!
There is most definitely an elephant in the room here. Despite Twitch, not wanting to say it directly, there is very much a type of host this guideline is targeted towards. It is of course, what is colloquially referred to as ‘boob streamers’.
Many complaints have been issued towards users on Twitch who some users feel that they very deliberately place their cleavage on display to generate likes, income and followers. In fairness, I don’t think they’re wrong. It’s an objectivation vs exploitation argument that would give most feminists a headache. Are they wrong to objectify themselves or is it empowering? Pfft, I’m not opening that can of worms!
The future of Twitch
I doubt this will be an end to it because such guidelines are very vague. For example, the young lady above, whose face I changed (to completely accidentally resemble Thomas the Tank Engine), is certainly wearing a revealing top, but is it inappropriate for outdoors in a public area? I don’t think so.
Despite these being called guidelines, I think a more accurate description would be a warning. Twitch obviously knows this exists, however, perhaps for fear of being called ‘sexist’ or ‘masochistic’ [Edit – Somebody pointed out that this should have been misogynistic, it should, but perhaps criticising a feminist is also partially masochistic] won’t say what they really mean. As such, they have laid down some very loose rules, but we all know who they are referring to here.
What do you think? Will these guidelines change anything? Are such streamers an actual problem? What would your solution be? – Let us know in the comments!
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