Okay Tumblr (specifically the female audience out there), something has been itching at me for a while and I want to get some perspective.
What do you think of these video game heroines?
I’m pointing out Juliet Starling of the upcoming Lollipop Chainsaw, and the titular Bayonetta from 2009/2010. There’s little sense to argue that the video game industry, like just about every other mainstream entertainment industry, is still vulnerable to sexism at pretty much every turn. Probably the most common offense to women in video games compared to men, is how they’re portrayed, which is often times with very little variation to body type between characters, and at times sporting outfits or poses that make the sexually appealing elements of their body always apparent to the viewer.
I think the representation of women has definitely improved with time, and while it’s still not ideal in every circumstance, we’re constantly seeing more and more of the Elena Fisher and Heather Morris variety as games release.
But what about Juliet Starling and Bayonetta? These heroines flaunt their sex appeal at every turn with ridiculous outfits and revealing acrobatics, and Juliet in particular is essentially a westernized, M-rated magical school girl with her excessively cheery attitude, and dialog and moves soaked in feminine tropes and gags (or rather, what is traditionally seen as feminine, especially for girls her age).
That said, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen any women take real offense to these characters. Is there are a certain sexism threshold that Juliet and Bayonetta bypass because of their sheer over the top characterization and design? Is there perhaps some inherent merit to the way these ladies marry strength, sexiness, and ridiculous feminine antics? Are they simply unfair, misogynistic leads for the sake pandering to a male audience?
I’m really interested in getting some serious insight on this.
Elena Fisher GIF found here.