- 1 day ago
- 1 day ago
- 1 day ago
- 1 day ago
- 1 day ago
- 1 day ago
"That said, stereotypes aren’t so much about people totally projecting things that completely aren’t there but about people having a framework with which they interpret things that actually are there. It’s not that racism causes people to see (for example) belligerent teenage boys where there are none, but that a white belligerent teenage boy is just seen as himself while a black belligerent teenage boy is part of a pattern, a script, and when people blindly follow the scripts in their head that leads to discrimination and prejudice. So yeah, it is a fact, I think, that I was a bit off-putting in my Jeopardy! appearance—hyper-focused on the game, had an intense stare, clicked madly on the buzzer, spat out answers super-fast, wasn’t too charming in the interviews, etc. But this may have taken root in people’s heads because I’m an Asian and the “Asian mastermind” is a meme in people’s heads that it wouldn’t have otherwise.Look, we all know that there’s a trope in the movies where someone of a minority race is flattened out into just being “good at X” and that the white protagonist is the one we root for because unlike the guy who’s just “good at X” the protagonist has human depth, human relationships, a human point of view—and this somehow makes him more worthy of success than the antagonist who seems to exist just to be good at X. So we root for Rocky against black guys who, by all appearances, really are better boxers than he is, because unlike them Rocky isn’t JUST a boxer, he has a girlfriend, he has hopes, he has dreams, etc. This comes up over and over again in movies where the athletic black competitor is set up as the “heel”—look at the black chick in Million Dollar Baby and how much we’re pushed to hate her. Look at all this “Great White Hope” stuff, historically, with Joe Louis. So is it any surprise that this trope comes into play with Asians? That the Asian character in the movie is the robotic, heartless, genius mastermind who is only pure intellect and whom we’re crying out to be defeated by some white guy who may not be as brainy but has more pluck, more heart, more humanity? It’s not just Flash Gordon vs. Ming the Merciless, it’s stuff like how in the pilot episode of Girls Hannah gets fired in favor of an overachieving Asian girl who’s genuinely better at her job than she is (the Asian girl knows Photoshop and she doesn’t) and we’re supposed to sympathize with Hannah. Okay, here’s one more comment from the Internet that kind of encapsulates it. The kind of un-self-awareness of what someone is saying when they say they’d prefer I not win because I try too hard at the game, work too hard at it, care too much about it, and that they’d prefer that a “likable average Joe” win. This is disturbing because it amounts to basically an attack on competence, a desire to bust people who work very hard and have very strong natural gifts down in favor of “likable average Joes”—and it’s disturbing because the subtext is frequently that to be “likable” and “average” you have to have other traits that are comforting and appealing to an “average Joe” audience, like white skin and an American accent."
Science, Mr. White
I’m a HUGE Jeopardy fan (shut up) and I’ve loved watching Arthur Chu kick the game’s ass. He’s absolutely on the mark about all this stuff.
And it always comes down to white people favor whiteness over competence, then turn around and say everyone else needs to work harder if they want to get rewarded for their efforts…
- 1 day ago
using Morrigan and Isabela as examples of When Sexist Design Is Okay is exactly the wrong strategy to take with me.
I love Morrigan as a character. But I change Morrigan’s outfit as soon as I start putting her into battles, because what she’s wearing is ridiculous fanservice. She’s running around…
I understand what you mean but I disagree. Their outfits matches their personality.
They are two strong women that own their sexuality.
When you say everything people see about Isabela is sex, you’re probably right, but I don’t think she’s got a problem with that. That’s what she wants. And if she gets unwanted attention, she knows how to deal with it.
And she doesn’t need to dress up to be taken seriously because, 1 she doesn’t care what people think most of the time and 2 if she wants to be taken seriously she can show her skills, she can kick someone’s ass and put them back in place.
About Morrigan, she initiated sexual intercourse with you on a romance but she won’t take it any other way. It’s on her terms or nothing at all.
It is not a bad think for women to be sexy. A woman can be a sex kitten while being strong and intelligent.
Believe it or not, changing their appearances to be more “modest” is not doing them a favor, it’s an inconscious form of slut shaming.
PS Probably full of typos but I’m on the phone and in a hurry sorry.
PPS I’m not attacking you or anything I just want you to take into consideration my POW as supporter of said designs.
This is pretty much word for word the reaction people always get when they try to critique such designs - and look, if you find them liberating, that’s fine. But don’t use “slutshaming” to shut down people expressing their discomfort with this stuff, okay?
It’s not like its a total coincidence that video games are chock full of female-identified people who “like to dress this way”. These are not real people. They are written that way to justify being scantily-clad. If there were lots of other expressions of femininity to balance it out this wouldn’t be a big deal, but there’s not, so it is. And some of the designs are like able, especially if you love the character, and that’s fine - but accusing other fans of slutshaming for objecting to this is playing right into the hands of game companies who design ALL their female characters this way for straight-male fan service.
Fictional characters don’t have agency. They cannot “chose” to dress “sexily” or “modestly”. They are literally forced into those outfits by the people who design them.
Let’s not pretend there is anything liberating about defending sexualised, impractical and titillating character designs. If you want to see pixelised titties be honest and say so.
Now if they were real women, choosing to dress a particular way, then I would be defending their right to wear whatever the hell they like. But they aren’t and as such they don’t exist in a vacuum, because they don’t exist as all except as concepts, pixels, audio bytes and lines of code. All of those are constructs created by people and must be open to critique.
Exactly this. These character designs did not happen in a vacuum and we have to stop attributing agency where it cannot exist. They were designed to be titillating and tried to sell it to us as a story of wonder and sexual liberation or something.
This is also why it bothers me that Bela is the only person obviously coded as WoC and is also hypersexualised like that. It was a chosen design, and it does us no good to pretend that defending these isn’t harmful in many ways.
There are characters who flaunt their sexuality, but they are designed to be realistic. (like Chloe from the Unchartered franchise). You rarely see male characters who are very sexually active designed to be sexually appealing (there are, but they reinforce really gross stereotypes).
This reminded me of a mass effect concept art post going around tumblr a while back. You can see that female squad mates in ME2 and ME3 were designed to be sexy by devs. While I loved these characters to bits, their character design leaves something to be desired.Source: dreadwulf