This is going to be my last post on research as I am going to start posting fragments of my paper on this blog.
There are many essays written on gender inequality, where research states that there is a great gender gap in the gaming audience and a misrepresentation of gender in video games. One other essay entitled: ” gender and racial stereotypes in popular video games” by Yi Mou and Wei Peng, which states again that female characters are misrepresented in video games:
“Compared to male characters, females were more likely to be represented in a hypersexual way: being partially nude, featured with an unrealistic body image and shown wearing sexually revealing clothing and inappropriate attire” ( Downs and Smith). This can be seen in game I enjoy playing like the ‘Soul Caliber’ series and another which a male friend of mine likes playing, ‘Dead or Alive- Extreme beach volley ball’. When doing a quick google search on sexualised female characters in games, I came across an article, disturbingly titled- The 10 sexiest nude mods:
Like in my previous research posts I had mentioned that research conducted by Beasley and Standley where they stated that “A majority of the female characters wore clothing that exposed more skin than the male characters.” Hyper sexuality in female characters does not mean that these characters are secondary. Some female characters are also the main hero in certain video games, for example Lara Croft. However, these characters are often represented in a stereotypical way- big breasts, tine waists and less clothing. this phenomenon is called the Lara Phenomenon, where ” female characters in a leading role appeared as often as male did. However, these female characters were portrayed in a stereotypical way: female features were exaggerated by sexy attire and thin body.” This is a major problem, as female characters are grossly misrepresented. This is an issue mainly because the part of the audience being young boys and girls are learning form video games and other medias that this is how a woman or a man should be like- in other words these gender stereotypes have a great role in building the receptors own identity and self.