As many of you know, I've been vocal about the issue of sexism in gaming. Specifically; my stance has been against modern feminists who have been focusing on every negative pertaining to women in gaming and against the idea that this is an actual issue with real world implications. In discussing this, one point in the issue has been brought up consistently. That being the diversity of appearance in the female form. Apparently there is a lack of it and all women are disproportionate or unrealistic. So, this blog is to show some of the women in gaming that don't look like the DoA girls or Ivy from Soul Calibur or Rachel from Ninja Gaiden. In the interest of being current, I will only include women from THIS generation of gaming. The Past is irrelevant.
First up, there is Faith from Mirror's Edge. Here's a pic of her.
She looks pretty average to me. Athletic build and all. Does she seem like she's unrealistic? I don't think so.
Next up is Jade from Beyond Good & Evil.
Pretty normal looking wouldn't say? Nothing in freakish proportions here right? She isn't the kind of girl you'd see in an adult magazine or on porn sites is she? Not at all. Do any of you disagree?
Finally there's Meryl Silverburgh from MGS4.
Strong, great leader, and not at all unrealistic wouldn't you say? Do you see anything of her that doesn't in any way seem realistic? I personally don't. You can look up some female soldiers in Iraq and see plenty of great examples of women that fit the same mould as Meryl.
These are just 3 examples, but there are many many more, and none of these examples look anything like the DoA girls that some would have you believe are the only or main examples of womanhood in gaming. I personally believe that people claiming there is a lack of diversity in women in games are either blind, or upset that they haven't seen a girl that looks just like them, or their girlfriend, or their sister, or their mom, or whatever. There is plenty of diversity for you to see everywhere, you just have to want to actually see it instead of looking for problems.
And to drive the point further, look up the cosplay of the more allegedly unrealistic female characters. See those characters portrayed by REAL women, and I guarantee you you will find at least ONE woman who looks DAMN close to the actual character in REAL proportions as well.
Don't ignore the positives in favor of complaining about irrelevant negatives. Games are games, they don't impact the real world beyond possible addiction to them. A game no more promotes sexism than it does violence, stop treating them like they do.