You have men yelling: “yay! Boobs in games! Bigger boobs! More boob! Naked boob!”for decades. When female gamers finally got enough of a voice to say: “hey, I kind of wish there were women in video games who weren’t 80% boob by body weight”: those same men utterly flipped their shit.
This whole “why complain? You can’t tell designers what to do!” only seems to come up any time anyone but straight, white men dares make their opinion heard.
2. I agree about the idea of women in Video games. Although, this doesn’t mean generalizing is the best way to go about it.
3. Why is sexualizing of ANYONE bad? The idea that sex is bad is such a puritanical belief. I wish there was a society where someone could wear and do as they pleased without such harmful judgement.
1. Um. Well, yeah. Do you want me to individually list and hold accountable every individual gamer who put forth that sort of feedback and each individual designer, developer, executive, and marketing person that acted on it? No, wait. You actually just want me to shut up.
2. I’m talking about a pervasive, widespread, and ongoing trend in a large community. How else am I supposed to talk about? You realize that any conversation about trends and patterns on a social level would be actually impossible without generalization, right?
3. Maybe because women are people who don’t exist simply to be ogled at? Maybe because the bodies they’re portraying and sexualizing are ridiculous caricatures that distort people’s body image and no longer represent any living human?
my god you are so boring
Uggggghh this whole “Sex is beautiful and so when you’re sexualized it’s a compliment!” attitude is so gross.
Sexualization isn’t “somebody choosing to be sexy”.
Sexualization isn’t even “thinking somebody is sexy”.
Sexualization is the reduction of people, most often women, to objects whose value is based solely or primarily on their sexual worth. It’s a denial of agency, since any sexualized woman becomes the “object” of sex, instead of the “subject” with sexual desires of her own.
When somebody is sexualized, it doesn’t put them in charge of their own sexuality and allow them to make the choices they want to; the main purpose of a sexualized person is to be thought of as sexy, to be seen as sexy, to have sexy things done to them, instead of them having any sort of sexual agency of their own.