The first piece of advice I have for people if they want to be a crazy artist like me is that companies are there to exploit you, and to extract as much labor out of you as possible while paying you as little money as possible. Always treat companies with intense cynicism and try to exploit them back as much as you can. The big mistake that will fuck you over in life is being a team player, because you’ll waste years and years of your life until you wake up one day having made some company a lot of money and having made yourself shit….they will just take your hard work and talent to make money for themselves and discard you when you’re no longer useful. So be very cynical.
…These games also tend to frame misogyny and sexual exploitation as an everlasting fact of life, as something unescapable and unchangeable. This dominant narrative surrounding the inevitability of female objectification and victimhood is so powerful that it not only defines our concepts of reality, but it even sets the parameters for how we think about entirely fictional worlds, even those taking place in the realms of fantasy and science fiction.
It’s so normalized that when these elements are critiqued, the knee-jerk response I hear most often is that: if these stories did not include the exploitation of women, then the game world would feel too unrealistic or not historically accurate.
What does it say about our culture when games routinely bend or break the laws of physics, and no one bats an eye, when dragons, ogres, and magic are inserted into historically-influenced settings without objection? We’re perfectly willing to suspend our disbelief when it comes to multiple lives, superpowers, health regeneration, and the ability to carry dozens of weapons in a massive invisible backpack. But somehow, the idea of a world without sexual violence and exploitation is deemed too strange, and too bizarre, to be believable.
Women as Background Decoration (Part 2), on Feminist Frequency.
Anita Sarkeesian is so great. Too bad she didn’t feel safe sleeping at her own house last night after being physically threatened for saying nothing more inflammatory than what you just read, above.