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VGW Opinion: Where have all the strong females gone?

VGW's Jen Bosier says: "As of late, there has been an emergence of what I call “Brittany Spears Feminism.” This is the idea that states “I dress like a stripper because I’m empowered!” Because of this, there is now a turn to justify latex costumes and triple-D bust lines by claiming they are empowering, or "strong female characters." Now is the time to make a very important point: wielding a giant sword, and reminding all the chauvinistic males in the game that the character is a woman, and will totally kick some dude’s ass, does not a strong female make."

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RIPSKATEDESTROY1881d ago

duh, in the kitchen making sammiches!!

FourthMonkey1881d ago

Can't imagine kickin' butt when you can't even see your feet, or the unbearable neck and back pain from just having jugs like that.

sarabbc1881d ago

A very informative article, nice job

MidnytRain1881d ago

I'm surprised the author mentioned nothing of the Tomb Raider reboot. I figured that that was the inspiration for the article.

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Kakihara1881d ago

I think this article overdoes it a bit. Complaining that Chloe from Uncharted 2 is a stereotype used to show just how fickle and manipulative women are, then what about Elena? What about the uh, the British fella?? Complaining that Jack from Mass effect is a stereotype that spouts 'tough girl' cliches as if all the male characters in that franchise aren't ridiculous cliche spouting stereotypes.

Forgetting about Faith from Mirror's edge and Chell from Portal because they work against the case being made. Complaining that the super strength of the main character from Heavenly sword is unrealistic as if anything in that game was at all realistic.

I'm all for equality in all things but it's this kind of biased reactionary writing that leaves us unable to have a black criminal character or a wicked sexually manipulative female character in anything for fear of being accused of portraying all people of the same gender or race as being just like that. Ironically ignoring the fact that the creators of these characters were intending them to be judged as individuals and not as representatives of anyone else who happens to share the same skin colour or fun bits.

Xander-RKoS1881d ago

Chell is a different archetype all together though. I agree with what you're saying, but I think that one idea that people seem to have a hard time grasping is that difference between a character and an avatar.

Chell is not a character in the strict sense. She has a bit of a backstory but that's it. She has no personality and really doesn't have any thoughts and motivations separate from the player. Chell is a shell for the player to manipulate and even though she is referred to as a "she" and "her" throughout the game, she is meant to be completely gender neutral. Hell, the reason Chell is even in Portal 2 is because when testers were playing as a new character, they said it didn't feel right for GlaDOS to not refer to the player as the same person.

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