It is Malus, if you still remember me from the email you were kind enough to read out.^^
I have been keeping on listening to many of your shows and thus, before anything else, I want to say that I am very much looking forward to your future line-up, keep on doing what you do!^^
On your last Nerdrevolt, you where discussing the old theme of male VS female sexualization in games and I found one point interesting, since I have seen the argument elsewhere: Sexualization of Men compared to that of Women.
I think you brought up many valid points, however, one thing I think stuck out to me a bit.
You more compared the “scantily clad” female sex object to the, let us say, more fully closed and socially acceptable sexy men out there.
I do think that comparison is valid, but only to a certain degree.
Let us face it, both men AND women have different forms of sexualization. Formal dress through the ages, special ways to do hair, ornaments and many more things have been used to signal “mating value”. Exaggerated male shoulders, exaggerated female hips, things that accentuate or fake certain physical characteristics…
This is still alive today for both genders, gothic lolita types in Japanese games for example, as are men in uniform.
You correctly brought up that a scantily clad woman has nowadays more scoial acceptability, but let us not forget that this is not a universal (Actually, I think Alison brought that up very nciely when she talked about ancient Roman or also ancient greek depictions of men and women in statuary and art). So there is a difference I think between a man who is sexualized but still more dressed and more, well, “veiled” and a woman in a very revealing outit that shows lots of skin, yes, both are deemed sexy, but that does not preculde pointing out the differences. After all, scantily clad men are also a thing to appeal to women and gay men in many places.
That is mostly my point: there is on average (but note exceptions!) a trend that female game characters will be more blatantly sexualized in the “revealing a lot of skin” fashion, many games will unequally focus on anatomical detail or flattering costumes for female characters.
I think trying to talk away this fact does not really help. You have used a much better counter to that whole spiel before: sexualization is not somehow bad.
Women have erotica which will show scantily clad men in huge amounts on the cover, yaoi manga written for women will have very explicit scenes and none of that is bad.
But of course that also means men having their erotic images is not bad, which people like Anita seem to be unable to see (has she ever acknowledged male sexualization aimed at women?).
And I really do think people like Anita try to mine the dissatisfaction of some gamers (not only female) who simply are not in the market for sexualized women in their game. And those people are justified in voicing that. The correct response should be to make enough games for those typ of customer to satisfy their demand, be that games with more sexualized males or games without any sexualization.
I see Anita and her ilk as potentially dangerous because there IS some merit to criticizing the focus on games with female sexualization. It just is completely the wrong solution which she tries to sell.
What it should be is the market adjusting to cater to as many gamers of different tastes as possible to maximize profit, including games for all different tastes, not the attempt to barge in and shut down everyone else. As I said before, that is happening to some degree, but not thanks to any of the Sarkesians of this world.
So, basically, do keep countering her flimsy argument please, we need people like you to say no to them and let as many people as possible know about what she and others try to pull off.
But I think it would help to point out that there is a proper solution for people who just do not like lots of sexualized women in their games. Get together, share games which are not sexualized or which sexualize men (as well) and let the producers know what you want and do not let people like Anita fleece you for money.
Maybe you could just do a show some time about all the nice cases of blatantly and unashamedly sexualized men in games, comics and roleplaying games.^^
I hope you find something worthwhile in this mail and shall look forward to your future shows,
- Letter to the Badgers on sexual assault against disabled males - March 9, 2017
- Letter to the badgers: Linda Fairstein’s famous quote - December 1, 2016
- Letter to the Badgers: Excerpt from a Swedish newspaper - August 6, 2016