I want to make one thing clear before I begin this rant, I love video games. I love movies, I love modern media and I don’t think things should return to ‘the good ol’ days’ whenever they were. But I’m becoming increasingly disillusioned with the way women look in movies and games. I know it’s not really a new concept, I’ve always taken a moment to roll my eyes at games when (and by ‘when’ I mean when this always happens) at the females with the breasts bigger than their heads. Stiletto boots, chain mail bikinis, nice armor ladies, I’m sure those will help. But I just watched the trailer for Suckerpunch that was recommended to me by a friend. The idea seems really interesting, a young girl who looses everything and is confined to an asylum by her dick of a stepfather. She then finds escape, with three other girls, through their imaginations where they must battle their inner demons by literally battling demons… and dragons… and robots. Then I watched the trailer.
These “troubled” girls seem to be locked away in an asylum run by Maxim magazine. Yes, the pouty-lipped actresses prance around the set in perfect eye makeup and pigtails. On top of that, I’m supposed to believe that in the deepest fantasy of a emotionally traumatized girl’s imagination, she chooses to dress in a skimpy schoolgirl’s outfit ala any Hentai ever made. Just GOD. Seriously, I think Zach Snyder [director] might actually just be a giant disembodied penis.
Now to be fair, I have not seen this movie yet. I don’t know if I will, because the content isn’t what bugs me, after all it’s PG-13. But the visual component of this film is bordering on offensively stupid for me. What bugs me is this movie seems to be pretending that it’s about this girl’s struggle to overcome [insert conflict here]- but it’s not. It’s about how hot these actresses are. It’s about hot chicks in short skirts with swords. And I am so bored of that idea.
I don’t mean to portray myself as some sort of man-hating sex Nazi. I indulge in many girlified rituals: shaving my legs, wearing make up, and wearing sexy clothes gives me confidence. And when you peek behind the veil we can clearly see this is sexist and all that. But we do it anyway because, as women, we obsess over our appearance. And yes, that is stupid. But this film is more stupid. Because like so many women in our media, they aren’t characters. I’m sorry, you cannot put the protagonist of my game in a skintight onesie and expect me to take her seriously. And the worst part about it is I don’t think they expect us to at all. Women are there to wear the clothes and dance for the cameras, and if you want to make that movie-whatever. But don’t try to pass it off as some sort of deep coming-of-age film.
But at the end of the day, I realize that all my complaining is in vain, however I reserve the right to roll my eyes until they get stuck in the back of my skull. Media, seriously, just…ugh, kiss the fattest part of my ass.