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Extreme Sexual Dimorphism in WoW: Is it a style or is it sexist?

Determine whether you believe the exaggerated physical differences between genders in World of Warcraft is innocent and is due to the company’s herculean style, or they choose to depict men as much stronger than women and women much thinner than men. For instance, the female pandaren is not as fat as the male pandaren.

  • An interesting topic. If you break down all the comparisons into a systematic discussion it would be really interesting to look at the trends. For instance to see if they have made any real racial substantive changes or just used stereotypical forms every single time. I'd would be interesting to know if the designers have ever commented on this also. – SaraiMW 6 years ago
  • Excuse my ignorance, but I'm completely clueless about World of Warcraft, although I comprehend the gist of your statement. I suppose the difference in stature between the men and women in WOW really comes down to the marketing angle; what the money men think will sell, which is ironic when we consider how often 'gamers' are portrayed in films as overweight males who seem to live on pizza! Stereotypes be damned! It's an interesting topic suggestion and you have my vote. – Amyus 6 years ago

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Hmmm I could have sworn I mentioned the value of femininity in here but I suppose I’m getting it mixed up with the piece I wrote on Utena around the same time period. Anyway, I agree that women and girls should embrace femininity if they so choose; however, the insinuation that praising Sailor Moon for its gender boundary breaking is suggesting an attack on the promotion of feminine empowerment in such media would be incorrect. In fact I don’t recall ever saying that Sailor Moon should be about not being girly. Unless, of course, you mean my rebuke of traditional gender /roles/ in anime; Sailor Moon saving Tuxedo Mask, playing video games, and eating freely is not Sailor Moon choosing to be unfeminine; it is discarding the repressive expectations of women and girls.

Sailor Moon is More

You’ve convinced me to try slice of life animes! 🙂

The Appeal of Slice of Life

very interesting dissections! I especially was vibing your interpretation of San Junipero, the black sheep of Black Mirror.

Black Mirror: A Look at Modern Day Paranoia

Interesting take. It feels like, although his world is a complete fantasy and involves dragons, R.R. Martin thinks that the default world should be cruel to women.

Why do the Women of Game of Thrones Suffer So Much?