If the idea of a horror story getting together with a romance story and having some weird, demonspawn offspring sounds interesting to you, this short story just might float your boat.
|"Taste So Good" by Katherine Bryant|
|"Taste So Good" by Katherine Bryant|
|100% certified Not Sexist. Yay!|
|Pic from louelle_louelle_|
"More often it seems video games are home to ultra-slim waistlines only.
If video game creators are going to pride themselves on accurate digital representations, then it’s time for them to get real about women.
With realism in mind, we altered some of the most beloved female video game characters with Adobe Photoshop, shaping their bodies into images that represent the average American woman’s measurements."
"Lara Croft would actually be a heavy set female in real life, according to an ad campaign aiming to normalize unhealthy lifestyle choices and shame fitness enthusiasts."...I can say that she was given honest-to-goodness average proportions. You know, the kinds that are based off of actual statistics and numbers and shit. And you know what? Average is not the same as heavyset. That's why they are called different things. That's kinda the whole concept behind how words work.
"The site claims game developers more often than not give female characters 'ultra-slim-waistlines' – you know, the kind of waistline a woman would have if she ate healthy and worked out daily, or if they were cave-exploring, vine-swinging spelunkers."
"The problem with Bulimia.com's 'realistic' interpretations of women is that they’re unrealistic.
For one, speaking in purely hypothetical terms of course, most of the characters photoshopped would actually have to be fit in their supposed line of work. Jade and Sonya from Mortal Kombat would likely have the fit bodies of professional MMA fighters, such as Ronda Rousey. Imagine Lara Croft attempting to retrieve treasure from within a cave while at the same time having to look for hidden insulin injections."
"...the campaign claims to focus on women because 'incidence of eating disorders is markedly higher in females,' but frequently the male body is also inaccurately portrayed by developers, see God of War’s Kratos or Street Fighter’s Guile."So they admit that the women's bodies are "inaccurately portrayed" just long enough to say, "but look! Us menz too!" There's no nonsense here about how men would look like this if they "ate healthy and worked out daily," as their own article says. Besides, no one said male characters never have unrealistic bodies in video games. It is well-known that they do, and I, as a feminist, would like to see more varied body types on male characters as well. Being a woman who has dealt with unrealistic body standards her whole life, I know how much is sucks no not have that kind of inclusivity. I want that same consideration for men.
"The perpetuation of unrealistic body imagery in the media can have decidedly negative repercussions. One could argue that the social pressures to obtain perfection are reinforced even through the depiction of video game characters. Girl gamers – especially young ones – could develop a skewed image of how the female body should look. This might mark the beginning of obsessive thoughts about their own bodies, and self-questioning as to why they don’t align with their perceived ideal. When dangerous, compulsive eating behaviors develop alongside of these negative obsessions, young women can quickly find themselves struggling with an eating disorder."Depicting body diversity is important. When every aspect of media is flooded with images of women with proportions so unrealistic that even the thinnest models have to be photoshopped to reach them, we as a society are failing our girls and women. When these ideals are so ingrained into our minds that we think that's what a woman "should" look like, we get fatphopic idiots pointing at average sized, healthy woman and calling them fat, gross, lazy, and unhealthy. And if you cannot see why this is a problem, then you are the problem.
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|"Gale Force Kaif" by Kate Cragoe|