We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out.
This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with men in an extremely gentle manner. Not because women are nicer creatures than men. But because our very survival can depend on it.
“I think it’s weird that teenage girls know more about giving blowjobs than they do about masturbation. It makes me sick to my stomach that so many young girls think sex is just about a guy finishing.”—
The Tomb Raider comment pisses me off too because like... 'look at all these badass cool as ice men with gruff voices and stubble, they dont have problems doing shit' and then the trailer at E3 for the Tomb Raider game 'oh look Lara is seeing a psychiatrist she is so vulnerable look at this vulnerable side to her' because I mean come on shes a WOMAN shes GOTTA be super vulnerable, am I right????? ugh
yeah it’s a massive problem in popular media that dudes can just be naturally gruff and awesome and capable but when a woman is, 99% of the time she’s gotta have a backstory of how life “broke” her. Could you ever imagine characters like master chief or kratos having these backstories in their games where they’re delicate, whimpering young men who get sexually menaced by bad guys?? It’s lame as hell.
I’m not saying that showing a character’s vulnerable side is bad, but I am saying that it’s very nearly always female characters who get vulnerability forced upon them. HMM I wonder why
I want more competent powerful kickass female heroes and I want more gentle, emotional male heroes. I want that on my desk by yesterday.
If you feel like posting on this matter any further: I agree with 99% of what you've said about this female vs male sexuality thing, but I think that one of the problems people have is that it doesn't seem to leave males with full freedom to design. Do you think this issue means that any female character designed by a male that is conventionally attractive or appealing to them in some way is "tainted", or is there a way you would suggest males can explore this sort of character carefully?
I don’t think it’s a case of characters being “tainted”, it’s more that a lot of ignorance seems to be on show in a lot of character design. I think that male designers really need to analyse how they go about designing a female character vs. how they design a male one. Do they design male characters with sex appeal in mind, or is it just the female characters? Why is sex appeal important to the character, what role are they supposed to play and is their role going to be undermined by them being designed to be a sexual object? Why do sexual characteristics (like tits n’ ass, usually) play such a large part in female character design while they don’t in male character design?
Of course I’m not saying that male designers should never design female characters to be sexually appealing. But what I am saying is that as a male designer, any female character they create is going to be coming from their own mentality and ideas as a man. If they want to write or draw a really good female character they need to do more than just make it look like how they envision a woman to look. Like if a straight person were to write a gay character, or a white person were to write a black character. Of course it can and should be done, but you need to analyse your own preconceptions about the group your character is part of and research the role. A female character designed purely to appeal to men and reinforce the ideas men have about women is an ignorantly designed character, in my personal opinion.
My therapist was trying to tell me that there’s no guarantee that if I get into the gaming industry I’d be harassed just for being a woman and then I look at all the shit Anita Sarkeesian gets and I’m like “Haha. OK Lady you keep thinking that. It’s almost cute.”
People that harass Anita Sarkeesian on her livestream are repulsive. :T It’s bad enough to harass her on Twitter/Youtube/etc. but doing it on Livestream just to get a live reaction out of her is really fucking depraved.
kokiron I thought it was centuries of climatisation that changed nelfs skin tone and body size to that of what is now high elves. Like I swear I read it somewhere that it was exposure to a different climate than kalimdor, or it had to do with them now favoring to be awake during the day/in the sunlight.
idk I’m probably rambling, why can’t there be diversity of skin tone within races, this shouldn’t even be a debate.
That might’ve been in the RPG books or something, but those were declared definitely non-canon by blizz
I think right now the canon is becoming diurnal -well of eternity/nordrassil magic +sunwell magic (somehow the sunwell is different from the well of eternity/nordrassil’s magic??? whatever blizzard) +time = high elves happening
They keep muddling and jumbling things up so bad by releasing books that contradict previous lore and removing previous lore sources as canon that it’s hard to keep up though
Even the diurnal thing wreaks to me because the more sun your skin gets the more melanin it has. White people come from places where they get less sun. Even if their environment was one that would give them light skin, why didn’t the Blood Elves become light pink and purple to Night Elves darker pinks and purples? Why did their becoming elegant, pretty and dainty mean they got white skin? Why didn’t they just get actually white skin? Why peach?
The entire thing smells of racism. But then WoW has since the beginning.