Female Stereotypes and the double-standard in Videogames.

Gamasutra, the internet branch of Game Developer Magazine, has been wringing its hands about how sexist video games are, constantly conforming to all sorts of stereotypes, though the stereotypes in question range from cyborg bounty hunters in full armor to helpless princesses in large dresses to big-breasted clones of Indiana Jones, to…

Give me a break.  Sure, the ladies in the world of games (and the world of any fiction genre) are exaggerated.

So are the men.

A good, memorable story usually exaggerates.  That’s what makes it memorable.  The only exception is that sometimes the central character is made overly generic, to help the player/reader/watcher project (Crono in Chrono Trigger, Bella in Twilight).

Nariko in Heavenly Sword wears next to nothing and has an unrealistically huge chest, and that is sexist because she is a girl.  Meanwhile, Kratos in God of War also wears next to nothing and has an unrealistically huge chest, but this is not sexist because he is a guy.  And before you complain “but she’s being reduced to a sex object,” I refer you to every character played by Richard Gere, Leonardo DiCaprio, or Orlando Bloom.

I am not personally an advocate or fan of pornography whether it is meant for men or women.  But I propose a deal:  I will ask the men of this world to get rid of all our big-breasted game babes the moment the women of the world prove their egalitarianism by collectively burning every Harlequin romance novel.

 

[crickets]

Yeah, I thought so.

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One thought on “Female Stereotypes and the double-standard in Videogames.

  1. They (porn and Romance) are two sides of the same coin, and just as bad.

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