Crap. I don’t think I can. Well let me put it another way; Women will never appreciate the power they have. Feminism is a fantastic idea bogged down by terrible stereotypes and horrible tangents about things that really aren’t all that big a deal. For an idea that says we should be proud of our gender and our sexuality, it certainly seems to hate if we ever APPRECIATE our sexuality. Maybe I’m WAY off, but still, it seems that women get mad at other women whenever we promote our bodies, our love of our bodies or how good we think we look in general. I think women should appreciate the power of sexuality they have MORE. Take it in stride. We often say, “Hey, we’re not just a piece of meat!” which is true, but to an extent we can use that train of thought to our own advantage can’t we?
This is what makes the whole Metal Gear Solid debacle hard to pin down.
Now, there’s the obviously moral thing that’s wrong with this situation in that if a character is sexualized to the point of it just selling units then yeah that’s a little questionable. However, if a character is just ok with her sexuality-it’s a personality trait of hers and that’s how she’s decided to portray herself-then I don’t really see the problem. Frankly, I’m flattered when I’m told I’m sexy or attractive or hit on. And of course, it possibly depends on the womans perspective. It could just be a personal preference to not want to be thought of as sexy in general because you think it takes away from your other traits. Sure. I can get behind that. We SHOULD be respected for our minds. But that doesn’t mean we should stop being thankful for how good we look. I personally don’t think people buy games because there’s a sexy female character anyway. I mean, people seem to have bought Tomb Raider because it was a great game, not because Laura Croft was gorgeous. I’m a lesbian and even I bought it because I thought it would be fun as all hell and that’s coming from someone who HATED the previous games purely from a gameplay perspective. Saying that sexualized female characters are what sell units is just as dumb as when people said the Bioshock Infinite cover is what would deter people from buying units. Honestly, in this day and age what people want is something that’s fun and has a good story and is well made overall. I don’t think the majority of gamers out there are of the 90s sexy mentality anymore. I really don’t.
Now granted there’s the obvious misogynistic 15 year old that we all run into from time to time, but for the most part in the gaming culture I rarely see people discussing sexy female characters. A lot of people have to note the hypocrisy to this too, right? It’s a double sided coin because here’s a guy making this game-a very well respected, well liked guy who’s had a phenomenal career in the industry-who’s making this character sexualized and people lose their shit over it because he’s the other gender, but if a woman did this we’d applaud her for being brave and not falling into the safe guidelines they try to set. Or, a lot would, and then a lot would say she’s bringing a bad name to the gender because of what she’s done.
“Who is she to say this is ok!?”
It seems to me that ironically, us women are more sexist because we assume men are.
I think what this boils down to ultimately is that it’s not a sex thing, it’s not a gender thing…frankly I see it as a marketing ploy.
Hideo Kojima is a smart man, he knows what he’s doing and the best way to get and keep people interested in your product is to make them discuss it, and what-especially on the internet-gets people discuss things more than anything else? Anger. Debates. Rage. The internet is fueled by hatred, especially in the gaming culture, and he knows this, and he’s doing this to get people to buy the game. He knows exactly. what. he’s. doing. You stay relevant by being discussed. His game will sell billions of units and then this will blow over for the next big thing. This is what has happened and this is what will ALWAYS happen. As I said above, is it morally right to do this? To present a sexualized female character just for the sales aspect? It really depends. We haven’t played the game yet so it’s stupid to think that we can even properly discuss this issue with having no real hands on experience. I think we all just need to calm down and wait it out and then maybe come back and discuss it once we see it in action for ourselves.
Or maybe I’m just a raging lunatic and a bad addition to my sex. Either one works I guess.