Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception).
Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularly, how do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them?
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This sounds like the biggest pile of bollocks ever. Did they really tally up every single video game ever? But lets say it is real, then the following female protagonists don’t count, since they are strictly speaking, non-humans: Liara T’Soni, Samara, Arria T’Loak, Nyreen Kandros, Morinth, Tali Zohrra (Mass Effect: all various species of aliens) Alis Lansale, Phantasy Star (a Palman, a humanoid species of aliens) Amy Rose, Rouge the Bat, Cream the Rabbit, Blaze the Cat Samus Aran (due to her DNA now being a mish mash of various alien species from X parasites to Chozo to Metroids, she is no longer considered human) Bayonetta (Witches are a different species to humanity) Terra Branford (a half human, half Esper hybrid) Bubbles from Clu Clu Land Brittany, Pikmin 3 Mao, Hilda Valentine from Shadow Hearts (a giant talking alcoholic cat and mafia momma, and a magical girl gothic lolita vampire princess, respectively) Pascal, Tales of Graces (a different species to human) KOS-MOS, MOMO, T-elos (Xenosaga, all different types of robot) Aegis from Persona 3 (also an android) Milly, Baten Kaitos Origins (a cyborg) Emerelda Kasim, Chu Chu (android and pink fluffy thing respectively) Tio, Grandia 3 (also an android) Judith (Tales of Vesperia, non human species) Raine Sage, (Tales of Symphonia, half elf) Arche, Tales of Phantasia (also a half elf) All the female only species of pokemon (Miltank, Blissey, Chancey, Cresselia, Jynx, Smoochum, Liligant, Petilil) I could go on and on and on….