thepatches asked: I’d be really interested in how Mattie defends herself at this point. I’d love for you to post on her column with these criticisms. ;) That said, I am leery of critique that doesn’t come with evidence. Mattie uses the text of the game to build her case, so dismissing it as invalid because “she doesn’t understand” without evidence seems unfair...
Love Interest: Tsukuba Muneshige, the Meta-Samurai →
“Maybe this game hints at changing the structure in an attempt to figure out what women want in a dating sim? On the other hand, perhaps it’s a serendipitous product that shifts the agency and game away from the player in favor of the suitors? Either way, this prompts an exploration as to how dating in games would differ for women, or if the current method is appropriate for all...
Dragon Age Anime Trailer →
Fantasy Amour and Lady Bits →
paxvalkyrie: The brilliant tumbler feed Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor has inspired me to add my two cents to the discussion. Why does my opinion matter? I’m an armorer. I make actual armor that people wear when they hit each other with swords. When making armor I have to strike a balance between comfort, protection, range of motion, and appearance. My experience has made me more than a...
Mune - 2
[A pink-haired girl keels in a Japanese bath, looking into the camera, picture provided by cassiesheepgirl] [TW: references to sexual assault] Now, we come to the second half of the problem with breasts: The idea that women are obsessed with them. While the scene referenced above has all the assault-y overtones of the one referenced in my earlier post it’s also upsetting because...
How to be a fan of Problematic Things →
“As fans, sometimes we need to remember that the things we like don’t define our worth as people. So there’s no need to defend them from every single criticism or pretend they are perfect. Really loving something means seeing it as it really is, not as you wish it were. You can still be a good fan while acknowledging the problematic elements of the things you love. In fact, that’s the only...
Crow Tastes DELICIOUS
The Proliferation of Panty Shots - this is deplorable, but part of the landscape. We all know it’s awful and whining about it seems a waste of time. Unrealistic Body Proportions - These are cartoon characters. I understand that images can give people unrealistic expectations for their bodies, but for real? Have you SEEN Lucky Star/Manabi So, since this blog is primarily a learning exercise...
(Four young women stand in a line in bright military uniforms. The girl on the left, a blonde is saluting, picture courtesy of anime-planet.com) Part of the problem that popular media has with balanced portrayals is baggage. Not luggage, that’s a problem I have with airlines (okay, that was cheap, but it felt good, so I went with it). As a result, shows set in alternate pasts need to...