Why are female characters overly sexualized in video games?
After a solid decade of not gaming (literally, I haven’t gamed since the PS2 mini came out. 😉 ), I got back into it over the last few months because I found out one of my fellow bloggers is a gamer. And it’s been such a wonderful addition to my weekly schedule. It’s the perfect way to de-stress before another crazy week of grad school. However, as my friend and I were looking for new games to play (on my even older than a decade desktop that only has a 2.3GHZ processor. I know. Ouch.) we stumbled upon something in EVERY game we attempted to play:
Over Sexualization… of Female Characters
Ah. And I can already hear the gamers saying: “Well, what did you expect?”
Oh. I don’t know. Maybe a little decorum. A little common decency.
A little FUCKING RESPECT FOR HUMANITY!!!!
🤬🤬 🤬 🤬
*exhale* I’m cool. I’m cool.
I am just appalled that, in this day and age, where women can step into any role a man can, where females are becoming main protagonists and kicking ass, where women are finally getting a voice after being silenced for generations, that we STILL have chauvinistic pigs creating overly sexualized (and almost ALWAYS completely unrealistically proportional) female characters.
I’m sorry, but those boobs are gonna give that tiny lady a TON of back problems. Let me tell you! She ain’t gonna be standing up straight, swingin’ an axe for long. That’s for sure. And there is no WAY she is running without a sports bra. Do you know how PAINFUL that is?! Ugh. Men.
To add to this, the female characters so scantily clad that they would die in seconds. What kind of society would EVER create armor that doesn’t protect the abdominal area? Uh… every humanoid species carries organs in that area. You want to know a really fast way to die? BEING STABBED IN AN ORGAN! So not only are these women busty as all get out (literally. They constantly look like they are getting out of their clothes. haha. sorry. couldn’t help myself), but they also are not going to last one second in a fight because their armor is non-existent.
To really just throw icing at that bullshit cake of misogyny, when comparing female characters to male characters, it’s like you’re not even playing the same game! The male characters are tall, buff as a freakin’ body builder, and usually have so much armor on them that you don’t even need to customize the physical features.
Now that I’ve stated my point, I would like to discuss some
excuses/completely false reasons/straight up lies counter arguments for this.
1. Women don’t game.
2. Game artists are mostly men.
This may be true (I don’t have stats), but just because there’s a ton of testosterone in a single building, doesn’t give men the right to sexualize women.
3. The artists don’t know any better.
Look at my face —> 😑
4. It’s just fiction. Who cares?
Ah yes. The age-old “it’s fiction. It’s not real” argument that literally NEVER. HELPED. SOCIETY. EVER! This is actually saying that as long as you’re not doing it in reality, you can sexualize whomever you want (this would then suggest that you could also be racist and homophobic in fiction and not in reality and it would be okay. Pretty sure we all
should know it’s not. Kay, thanks.)
5. Sex sells.
You know, I think I heard the other day that there is actually an industry for that. What was it called again? … oh yeah! Porn.
Now stay away from my video games because I need to kick some orc-butt and it’s really hard to do in booty-shorts! (god. The chaffing. 😦)
And check out my discussion from last week:
“Haha! Just kidding. I didn’t have one. 😂”