Listening to feminists talk about women in video games, you get this weird idea about how they see women in them. All the time it’s about how women are sex objects and viewed as something you can use and throw away. But you wanna know something I have noticed about that? The only person calling women in video games sex objects is feminists. That’s it. I genuinely haven’t seen any gamers talking about female characters like they are a sex object.
The obvious rebuttal is, “but men talk about their bodies in a sexual way! How is that not objectifying?!” If someone talks about sex, that means they see the person as an object? I am romantically and sexually attracted to a girl I went to have coffee with today. Does that mean I see her as an object? I have had fantasies about the two of us being intimate together. Almost certainly never going to happen, but that’s what it is. I still see her as a person that I find interesting and enjoy talking to, who I just happen to also find appealing on a sexual level. There have been plenty such women in my life. A couple men too.
But I can hear you say “but that’s real people! They have personalities and aren’t just made to look like a sex toy!” Plenty of sexy women in games have personalities too. Let’s take an example Anita Sarkeesian loved to rag on – Bayonetta. That woman was a kick-ass Umber Witch who killed angels and took shit from no one, and yet she has weaknesses and human flaws. She has a child following her who calls her “mummy” and almost has her believing that she is the girl’s real mom.
Let’s look at another example – Jack from Mass Effect 2. She’s damn-near naked from the waist up. The only thing covering her nipples are belts. But she has a dark and twisted history of horrific abuse which had led her to become a violent monster. The vast number of tattoos on her body each have a story, all of which you never know. She’s a badass fighter and it kind of pissed me off that I couldn’t get her back on my team in the last game. I’m talking about Mass Effect 3, by the way, not Andromeda. So far as I’m concerned, that game doesn’t exist.
Okay, perhaps that is too gray for all of you. After all, it’s pretty clear that her nakedness is part of her character. Let’s go into a character who is all about being sexy – Tina Armstrong. She’s is the stereotypical big-breasted and skimpy outfit blonde character. And yet, I still don’t see her as nothing but an object. I see her as badass fighter who can and will fuck you up, all while having a sexy body to boot. I guarantee that if she was a real person, not one guy who thinks she is sexy in the series she is in would have the balls to hit on her in real life. Turns out, sexy women who have confidence in their bodies tend to have most men being too scared to talk with them. Confidence is powerful and nobody could say Tina isn’t powerful.
But then I see Twitter posts like this one (linked here) saying that when women are sexy in video games, that makes me think less of women in general, it really does rub me as these people inserting their own biases into their posts. See, I don’t think less of women as a whole in any way because of sexy women in gaming. I haven’t met a single gamer who isn’t a MGTOW who has. I can jerk off to B Jenet in King of Fighters and still think nothing less of my incredibly capable female coworkers or supervisor who is the Momma Bear of our office. She’s tough, and more than a little distant, but her knowledge has made all of us know that when we don’t have an answer, she does.
I’m starting to think that feminists are the ones who are really seeing women as lesser because of what they see in media. It’s already clear that sex negative feminists like Anita Sarkeesian are terrified of sexuality and can’t handle women who aren’t scared to death of their womanhood. She goes out of her way to insult all the fictional examples of women who aren’t afraid of their boobs or vaginas. Makes one wonder what they think of real women too. But I wonder what the chick who wrote that Twitter posts thinks of them too.
We’ve been getting more and more stories coming out recently of male feminists who are actually perverted pigs who used feminism to try and get in women’s pants. Makes you wonder if they are actually the same people that women like this think of. But then you have to wonder if the woman who wrote that post is just the same. If she sees women in sexy outfits and does nothing but reduce them down to their clothes. Would make her very female. After all, it isn’t men who are constantly critical of women because of their clothes or makeup. Not typically. The vast majority of shit-talkers of how people look are women. Men don’t care about the dress so-and-so celebrity wore. Women do. Men don’t care about what brand of handbag such-and-such had. Women do. Nowhere does the average man care about this stuff. Women do.
So maybe it isn’t the sexist gamers who are really doing the objectifying. Maybe it’s the feminists who say that they are the ones looking to fight for equality. I think Syetenatheist made a song about this.
Until next time, a quote,
“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.” – H.L. Mencken