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Balance the role and look of female characters. A female character doesn’t even have to lose her sex appeal to be more realistic, she just needs something to balance it and make her more than a one dimensional sex object.
This is step 1.
Also it’s worth pointing out these female characters don’t have to be nearly naked to be attractive, and by contrast they don’t have to be fully clothed to be ugly. A woman in a ball gown or a camisole and skinny jeans can be just as sexy as the woman wearing two tassels and a napkin. >.<
Because sexy is a way a person acts, the way they move, and talk. Just apply this to a character, it’s not that difficult or a tall ask. A confident woman who is cool with herself is one of the sexiest things of all.
Women as players don’t need a double whammy of “hello sailor” from a stick figure in a bikini, because the two together being the norm in gaming is pretty insulting.
If you are a guy in reality even if you have a woman giving you the come-on she’s usually dressed better than that, and you can normally gather from what she’s wearing that she has a personality beyond embracing her sexuality. Being naked is natural, it’s only sexual if you are doing something sexual. You could be doing sexual stuff fully clothed. But by making these almost naked AND sexual women the norm are we really surprised when we see slut shaming? “oh she was wearing x/ not wearing x, that give me full licence to stick my d*** in there.” No no NO.
Small wonder women are pissed about this. Because the double whammy doesn’t help diminish the “asking for it” BS. She’s wearing bikini? She must want IT right? Er, no, how about because it’s summer and it’s skin melting hot outside? Oh she was going to a dance club? On her way back from a dance club? Well it’s hot as hell in those too, believe it or not it’s not practical to be dressed like a nun at those things. It doesn’t mean she’s out for sex, the world revolves around more factors than a man’s d***. Think about it. Realistically the only women that could guaranteed be asking for it and deliberately dressing for the purpose are prostitutes, how many women do you think are actual prostitutes? Not many.
Now why should it be in almost every game the majority of female characters you see are marginalised into that role or a role essentially close to it? Most women are not prostitutes, nor out to be simply eye candy for men. They have their own sh*t going on, stuff that needs to be done. If a game specifically is set in a world of crime and poverty we would expect to see some prostitutes, but even then why aren’t they portrayed more realistically, why must they be one dimensional, when we could glimpse at the reasons they serve the role they do? Reducing a character down to simply what it wears is weak development.
The same goes for playable female characters, even if the developers just gave them a few alternate outfits (designs not just colour changes) a female player could pick the outfit she’d feel most comfortable wearing as though she were the character. Default outfit is a boob tube and hot pants… meh, I’ll go for the 3/4 trouser wearing girl in the t-shirt thanks. And that is how the best characters are… they can be emphasised with and liked by the people who play/see them.
Of course games are meant to be a fantasy and an escape from the real world, but it shouldn’t have to be so over the top unrealistic to still achieve that goal. Look… I’m bisexual, I can appreciate a pretty pair as much as a guy, but really it should be the smallest minority of female characters that are like this, not the majority.
We don’t need to be anti-sexual, we just need to tone it down so less women wanna put down the controller and facepalm supreme.