Dear Jiggle Physics and Digital Boob Gods,
I know we’ve been down this winding, terrible, downtrodden path before. A path so worn down by feminists that the cry of “sexist” can be heard ringing down through the valleys of videogames everywhere. But, stop! Don’t burn this letter yet, you unyielding and unknown hands behind the 0s and 1s–I’m not here as a woman to stone Ivy and Lara.
Rather than point out the obvious shortcomings of having DD boob cups–which include back and knee problems–or explain how impossible it would be for someone physically fit to have natural DD gravity defying tits, I’m writing this letter to say “Go forth! Continue your wary quest to one day have glorified babes! But do remember strong/compass females like Samus or Clementine from The Walking Dead also strike a visionary string in your audience–without the boobs.”
In college I took a class called “Ethics in Videogames and Cinema” and the male professor one day went on a rant about how the sexual portrayal of females was objectifying and prevented females from joining gamers despite wanting to play. I raised my hand from the back and my response to the professor and my class was “why not?”
In fact, it’s my belief that women SHOULD be sexy in video games (whether it’s physically like Chloe Frazer or emotionally like Elena Fisher, both from Uncharted). One of the strong points of being a woman IS to be beautiful, sexy, and elegant–words that one can not often use to describe men (unless you live in Japan). These are STRENGTHS of being a woman and should be used just like a vixen would use them, for good or for bad. So why do people feel the need to throw a blanket over our hot females so long as they have a respectable presence in the game? Not all D’s need to be reduced to an A. Sometimes C’s and B’s exist, ya’know?
Women should be beautiful, sexy, and elegant in video games, just like they are in real life. It’s one of the qualities that make us women. Whether you want the elusive, gorgeous vixen archetype or the kind, emotional, forever in-love girl-next-door, women in video games can and should be as varied as the men who play all the various roles in video games. And don’t even get me started on the whole “it distorts the perception for little girls” argument. One, little girls should probably not be playing video games that star many of the supposedly “too sexy” women. Second, if you want to light that torch, face it toward the models of today. At least with video game characters it is understood these are fictional characters, while models are photoshopped to have an impossible figure but portray reality.
P.S. My opinion on Ivy? She’s the example of trying to please the male gamers gone too far. But would Soul Calibur really be the same without our resident dominatrix? I don’t think so.