By Ray L Martin
Editor at Large
10th August 2012, 18:43 GMT
In continuation of the article countdown, we’re now onto our 2nd Feminist Video Game Character, bearing in mind:
There are very few female characters out there that are both empowered and feminist. So I decided to do some searching in order to find a least five feminist game characters.
So, I’ve established this criteria:
- Fights for a Noble Cause: The character would have to fight for a cause that is just and noble, which is a rather broad term and ultimately, if the character’s role is to destroy evil, then virtually every female character’s cause is noble. But for a character’s motives to be considered feminist, certain “self-serving” interests would not apply. This means that one who fights for money, fame or power over others could never be considered a feminist game character, as this is more in keeping with historically male philosophies.
- Own Philosophy of Life: It is important for a woman to have her own mission and purpose in life; that men and in general patriarchy do not define these foundations for her. The same is true with a female character. When the female lead plots her course for the game, it’s done by her will.
The lead should have complete control over her actions and her actions should never be defined by the state, an agency or any other type of patriarchal institution.
She should have sole discretion over her decisions as well as be able to manifest her own destiny.
- Sexy yet Dignified: Once it is established that the lead is both fighting for a just cause and is in complete control over her decisions, the lead should appear strong and dignified; in other words, no form of sexual objectification is allowed for this character. While this is not exactly a dominant requirement for all waves of feminists, in a video game world filled with huge breasted women with tight skirts and bikinis, it helps that a strong female lead is also the least exposed and visually exploited.
Now that we have established the criteria, the number 2 game is as follows:
Arguable the most real to life female character in video gaming, Jade debuts from Beyond Good and Evil. Jade is also perhaps the most overtly feminist, as she works both as care taker of orphan children and as an environmental photographer, cataloging rare species for a science museum – dressed comfortably and highly intelligent. While Jade isn’t the first character to take care of orphan children or expose government corruption, one should take special note of Jade’s physical persona.
No glitz, no glam, no assault guns, no body armour; just a hard-working young woman concerned about the well-being of the children that she cares for. Her care for others is further demonstrated by her drive to investigate and dismantle a horrific governmental conspiracy of human trafficking. And she is able to do this most effectively with a camera and a bow staff; no assault rifles or grenades are necessary.
The lack of overt glamour just enhances the appeal of Jade, proving that buxom and naked isn’t necessary to keep guys interested in playing a game.
She a woman’s woman who simply wants to get the job done and she doesn’t have to exploit her body or carry big guns to do it.
Stay tuned for the TOP Feminist!