When every female character is “sexy” by default, do you find that it lessens the effect/allure of the characters whose sexual appeal devs actually try to emphasize for narrative reasons?
It’s the question I ask myself all the time.
Of course being aroused by breasts is natural and by no means bad in itself, let’s make it clear. But our culture skewed the perception of breasts by overemphasizing their arbitrary* sexual value (*boobs are not necessary for sex to happen, after all). They’re treated like some kind of secondary genitals, while tabooing the actual function they’re designed for (feeding babies).
That’s the sad reason why on one hand a bare female breast is considered “indecent” to the point of shaming women from nursing in public places, while on the other hand they’re used as a shortcut for what straight male audience would (allegedly) instantly find appealing.
And as (horny) hetero men are somehow the default audience for most of entertainment media, boobs need to be bared, or at least emphasized beyond any logic (and beyond how science works) on every possible occasion, even when it makes little to no sense in context.
Frustration with above school of thought is one of the major reasons that this blog exists. You know there’s something wrong when it’s more important to show that a warrior character happens to have boobs than to apply some practical battle wear for them.
Since Repair Her Armor reblogged one of my posts, the number of BABD followers doubled and still grows (I hope), so let me welcome all of new followers and remind of a few things:
- Feel free to submit! Anything that comments on inherent absurd of going into battle in a revealing outfit (and/or makes fun of it) is welcome. Further info here.
- There’s still a mini-contest going on! Though I can’t create original posts for the blog regularly (hence we’re mostly reblogs and outsourced content so far), I’ll draw a topic-appropriate image submission according to the request of the winner!
- Askbox and DISQUS comment section (plus comments and fanmail for long-time followers) are always open!
To celebrate one month (+1 day) of the blog existing and reaching 20 followers, let’s have a mini-contest!
What is the genius bonus* hidden in the name Bikini Armor Battle Damage?
*an obscure reference
Just so you don’t forget BABD exist, I’m preparing a very special post for the next week. 🙂
Keep an eye on the blog