- 6 days ago
"There’s a clear difference between replicating something and critiquing it. It’s not enough to simply present misery as miserable and exploitation as exploitative. Reproduction is not, in and of itself, a critical commentary. A critique must actually center on characters exploring, challenging, changing or struggling with oppressive social systems. But the game stories we’ve been discussing in this episode do not center on or focus on women’s struggles, women’s perseverance, or women’s survival in the face of oppression, nor are these narratives seriously interested in any sort of critical analysis or exploration of the emotional ramifications of violence against women on either a cultural or interpersonal level. The truth is that these games do not expose some kind of gritty reality of women’s lives, or sexual trauma, but instead sanitize violence against women and make it comfortably consumable."
"The pattern of utilizing women as background decoration works to reinforce the myth that women are naturally fated to be objectified, vulnerable, and perpetually victimized by male violence. These games also tend to frame misogyny and sexual exploitation as an everlasting fact of life, as something inescapable and unchangeable. This dominant narrative surrounding the inevitability of female objectification and victimhood is so powerful that it not only defines our concepts of reality, but it even sets the parameters for how we think about entirely fictional worlds, even those taking place in the realms of fantasy and science fiction. It’s so normalized that, when these elements are critiqued, the kneejerk response I hear most often is that if these stories did not include the exploitation of women, then the game world would feel too unrealistic, or not historically accurate.
What does it say about our culture when games routinely bend or break the laws of physics and no one bats an eye, when dragons, ogres, and magic are inserted into historically influenced settings without objection? We’re perfectly willing to suspend our disbelief when it comes to multiple lives, superpowers, health regeneration, and the ability to carry dozens of weapons in a massive invisible backpack. But somehow, the idea of a world without sexual violence and exploitation is deemed too strange and too bizarre to be believable.
The truth is that objectification and sexual violence are neither normal nor inevitable. We do not have to accept them as some kind of necessary cultural backdrop in our media stories…When we see fictional universes challenging or even transcending systemic gender oppression, it subverts the dominant paradigm within our collective consciousness, and helps make a more just society feel possible, tangible, and within reach.”
—Anita Sarkeesian, Women as Background Decoration, Part 2 - Tropes vs. Women in Video Games
we need to collect a list of all deal-breaking UNREALISTIC elements for video games. Off the top of my head:
- a woman being stronger than a man
- non-white people appearing in European historical fiction
- non-white people appearing in fantasy or science-fiction as elves/aliens/spirits/etc
- women in unconventional gender roles (especially in historical fiction)
- women with male animations (hi, ubisoft!)
- male prostitutes/courtesans/sex slaves
- an all-female cast
- an entire non-white cast
what am I missing? and how come self-identifying gamers only concern themselves with “realism” when it goes against the patriarchal and racist status-quo?Source: agameofme
- 6 days ago
Here is a side by side comparison of how The New York Times has profiled Michael Brown — an 18 year old black boy gunned down by police — and how they profiled Ted Bundy, one of the most prolific serial killers of all time.
i would almost - ALMOST - understand the rush to denigrate Mike Brown if he had been killed in a gang shootout or if he had died while being arrested for a violent crime. But none of those things are true. We may never know the full story of what happened, but we know that Mike Brown:
- had no weapons
- was not under arrest nor even a suspect in a crime
- was shot and killed by a police officer
That these facts are not in dispute only makes the pain of what followed his death all the more tragic, and the rage against the Ferguson Police all the more understandable.
(via thebicker)Source: arabellesicardi
- 1 week ago
The All Black Justice League of Earth-23 featured in Multiversity.
Talk about mindblowing.
dumb question: why does it always take an alternate universe for there to be an all-black/all-female/all-whatever superhero team?
I was not born in the all-white universe. why are so many comics, video-games, and movies set there?
(via mikemeltzer)Source: marcotheblerd
- 1 week ago
white people: mike brown robbed that store!
Lawyer: no he didn’t
Store owners: nope
Eye witnesses: nah
white people: MIKE BROWN ROBBED THAT STORE
people who are paying attention: hey hey did you know that robbing a store is not actually grounds for an extrajudicial execution anyway