I months ago
Absolutely not. If you can' t tell a two bit con artist from one of your own, you really need to clean up your movement before
you start "suggesting" anything.
But maybe you' re just naive and don' t understand the problem. Do you know why there' s so many white male characters in
video games? Especially leads? Because no one cares about them.
A white male can be a lecherous drunk. A woman can' t or it' s sexist. Sexualizing women and what all. A white male can be a
mentally disturbed soldier who' s mind is unraveling as he walks through the hell of the modem battlefield. A woman can' t or
you' re victimizing women and saying they' re all crazy.
Consider Threepwood, star of the Monkey Island series. He' s weak, socially awkward, cowardly_. kind of a nerd, and
generally the last person you' d think of to even cabin boy on a pirate ship, let alone captain one. He is abused, verbally and
prosaically.. .. generally made to feel unwanted.
Now let' s say was a girl. We' ll call her Guybrush. Galumph is weak.. socially awkward, cowardly, kind of a nerd_. and
generally the last person you' d think of to even cabin boy on a pirate ship, let alone captain one. She is abused, verbally and
musically. mistreated. shunned. hated. and generally made to feel unwanted.
Now, you might notice that I' given the exact same description to both of these characters. But here' s where things deviate.
While no one cares if takes a pounding for being_. for lack of a better tema. a less than ideal pirate_. Guybrush will be
presumed to be discriminated against because of her gender. In fact, every hardship she will endure, though exactly the same
as the hardships Guybrush endured_. will be considered misogyny, rather than someone being ill suited to their desired calling.
And that ending. She goes through ALL that trouble to help, let' s call him Eli Marley.. escape the evil clutches of the ghost
pirate's Le Chuck/ t turns out he didn' t even need her help and she even screwed up his plan to thwart Le Chuck. Why. it' d be
a slap in the face to every woman who' s ever picked up a controller. Not only is the protagonist inept, but apparently women
make lousy villains too!
And that' s why Guybrush exists and Guybrush doesn' t. Men can be comically inept halfwits, women can' t. Men can be
flawed, tragic human beings, women can' t. And why? Because every single female character reflects all women everywhere-
The humble truth is you and Sarkeesian want to craft a box into which you can force every female character into. Some
idiotic "ideal''. Putting aside the stupidity of exchanging one unobtainable role model for women with antother, that has the
added problem of making all female characters exactly the same And when all characters are exactly the same. that' s
boring. And boring characters do not sell video games.
Oliver Campbell (ifi) . Dec 3
I don' t know who this is, but this is the greatest thing I read on the internet today. pic. twitter.