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Re: gender portrayal (was: Women wanted as games programmers)

On Thu, May 12, 2005 at 01:57:07PM +0930, Clytie Siddall wrote:
> On 12/05/2005, at 3:24 AM, Erinn Clark wrote:
> >The weird about a lot of these female protagonists is that they're
> >basically men in women's bodies. Usually bodies which, uh, 
> >overaccentuate
> >certain physical attributes. I read something about this once; maybe 
> >I'll
> >try to find the article later...
> On the gender portrayal topic, my teenage daughter is a fan of Japanese 
> anime, specifically one called Naruto, and I'm intrigued by the 
> androgyneous male characters (which I think occur in other anime as 
> well).

Oh wow, bishounen guys. Yes, it's common; to what extent varies with
the author. It would not be entirely inaccurate to sum it up by saying
"Japanese girls like to look at pretty boys", although there's more to
it than that.

> Females are usually definitely female in these series (and thank God, 
> not over-endowed to the point where they would fall over frontwards and 
> not be able to get up), but males can be androgynous to the point where 
> spirited debates rage over whether they are male at all.
> This is a perhaps welcome change from the guys so musclebound that they 
> probably can't breathe or bend their arms, but one wonders what's 
> behind it, what beliefs are perpetrating such display, and how it 
> affects the kids.
> I have no opinions on this as yet, I'm just intrigued, and a little 
> puzzled, by it.

If you want to understand that you're going to have to watch a lot
more anime.

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