You wanna know what gets me off? What really turns me on? Writing an essay without changing the default size 11 Calibri font with no line spacing, and then changing it to size 12 Times New Roman with double spacing and seeing it grow from 3 to 5 pages. Yeah, that really gets me going.
It makes some good points - not saying they’re all good points, or that drawing attention to it in this manner is an effective way to reduce/prevent it - which were further illustrated by the fact that she was forced out of her own home by people who didn’t agree.
Around 90% of female characters I see in games are either sexualized or treated like girls instead of women. Only examples I can think of off the top of my head which don’t correspond to this are:
- Farah from Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, she was cynical, witty and a total bitch - and displays exceptional courage at the end!
- Ellie from The Last of Us - proves she’s not just a child and kicks some ass many times, probably one of the best female characters for a long time, mainly down to Ashley Johnson’s acting and the script writing changes they made when working with her.
- Clem from The Walking Dead - she starts as a child with Lee, but grows into some kind of awesome sauce. Some of the endings of S2 are hilariously badass (one of them involves her aiming a gun at someone and saying ‘you might not be dangerous…but I am.’).
- Lara Croft - most guys see her as their teenage wet dream, but a lot of women gamers see her as an early source of feminism. The first two games had some fantastic quips and presented independent women better than Destiny’s Child. Once she started becoming the predictable trope, however, she fell from this position.
- Bayonetta - who uses her own sexuality to make men uncomfortable.
- Mary and Anne from AC: Black Flag - historical and gaming proof that ladies can kick butt like the rest of them.
- GLaDOS - can we count a robot who used to be a woman? I don’t see why not! Her psychopathic nature and sarcasm has made her a fabulous villain and sidekick.
Note that almost all of these are from games that came out in the last few years. It’s certainly getting better, but there’s always going to be individuals in companies that want to cater to their mass market - men - and so, unless men start speaking out or boycotting those games, it’s going to continue.