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Why GW2's female armors are actually fairly progressive. [Image Heavy]

Poison_AdelePoison_Adele Seattle, WAPosts: 287Member

Oh, look, another thread claiming that Guild Wars 2 forces women to "look like prostitutes". I get that this is a somewhat subjective thing, but I can't be the only one who actually thinks Guild Wars 2 is fairly progressive in this regard. I'm saying this as a feminist, and someone who finds oversexualization a real problem. But some perspective, please.

Is there plenty of sexy or revealing armor? Yes. But a few points need to be made here:

  • Both male and female characters are offered a lot of choice. The choice is not made for us female players whether or not we have to wear skimpy armor or dress like we are going to church. We get to decide, and get plenty of variety and levels of skimpiness with which to find a comfortable niche. People arguing both for skimpy armors and for covered up armor miss this point. We ought to be able to decide for ourselves, not have the zealots or the prudes decide for us. 
  • Plenty of women, myself included, actually want to dress our characters in skimpy armor. That's why it's nice that there's a variety, and why it's often just as insulting for players to complain about "oversexualization".
  • Sexiness isn't sexualization, or even oversexualization. There's a nuance here that is missed 99% of the time by people on both sides of the argument. This is oversexualization: basing character and armor design off of what is sexually appealing, with no regard for what female players will feel comfortable in, no regard for even basic realism. Oversexualization is designing things to be sexy at the level of pornography, for the express purpose of titilation or appeal to deprived young men. Etc etc. Sexy, looking good, etc, are not "oversexualization". Many women enjoy looking good or looking sexy, just as men do. 
Here's a selection of armors available through PvE during the last two beta weekends.
 
Guild Wars 2 offers a hell of a lot in the way of non-skimpy armors. All of the below armors are armors that were available to players during the limited Beta Weekends.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
etc etc. 5 pages through a 14 page thread, not gonna keep going. Here's a nice big armor gallery.
 
tl;dr Some people like skimpy armors, and the game has plenty of non-skimpy ones. 

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  • tokinitokini third hut on the leftPosts: 341Member Common

     in the tera examples i think the stance is as sexual as anything else - it frankly screams 'f me'.  

     

    im personally hoping for some 'skimpy' male armor so i can amek a barbarian looking character without having to leave off some pieces of gear.

  • Master10KMaster10K LondonPosts: 3,065Member

    I take it that this is a reaction to this other thread, claiming GW2 to "oversexulize" females. I personally agree with you, in that GW2 offers players a great deal of choice, from skimpy to fully-covered and for both male and females. And no one can talk about oversexualized females until they've seen Tera or Reqieum (is that game dead yet?).

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  • RamanadjinnRamanadjinn Huntsville, ALPosts: 1,365Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Master10K

    I take it that this is a reaction to this other thread, claiming GW2 to "oversexulize" females. I personally agree with you, in that GW2 offers players a great deal of choice, from skimpy to fully-covered and for both male and females. And no one can talk about oversexualized females until they've seen Tera or Reqieum (is that game dead yet?).

     

    yep!

    your point is very valid, but gw2 is great even when not juxtaposed against Tera.  i personally love skimpy 90% naked outfits on my female characters but what i love more is a game where someone who doesn't like what i like can still be happy.

  • MattVidMattVid Terre Haute, INPosts: 399Member

    I am not one to really notice this stuff I guess, but you are right, the armor does look a little more realistic and modest. Unfortunately, I am sure we will still have millions of men running around as women characters.

  • Poison_AdelePoison_Adele Seattle, WAPosts: 287Member

     

    @tokini: I've actually played TERA, and you're correct that the stance is itself pretty insulting. The animations of the female characters in the game are oversexualized--tilting their backsides up towards the camera, bending over unrealistically, running "sexily", etc. 

    @Master10K Yeah, this is largely a post written from annoyance with the other thread, but also from over a year of reading threads like it. It's frustrating, both as an anthro/social studies student and a feminist, to see how quickly an uninformed person makes a lazy or half thought-out statement about the game being oversexualized (one of my "favorites" was one on GW2GURU, where a male player complained that all of the female characters looked like sluts) and immediately people jump in to bash serious/thoughtful critique of female sexualization in videogames, which those posts never really are. It makes it harder for those of us who actually pay attention to this sort of thing to be taken seriously, basically, because there's so many lazy wolf-criers. /vent

    That said, I'm accutely aware of how easy it is to manipulate people's opinions with headlines, and so I'm not particularily motivated to help bump a thread about how oversexualized the game supposedly is and just end up making people think that a significant amount of people agree with the sentiment.

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  • Poison_AdelePoison_Adele Seattle, WAPosts: 287Member

     

    Originally posted by colddog04

    It's not really just about what YOUR character looks like, right? For those that think the outfits are too skimpy, they have to look around at a bunch of whores (in their mind) all the time.

    So while yes, you can find conservative clothing in the game, the vast majority (as this flawless poll tells us) are going to be wearing sexy time outfits because they like them.

    This post from the other thread just shows one of the kinds of attitude that is problematic here, and it's not just the "pro-sexualization" side. 

    The idea that a female player shouldn't be able to wear skimpy armor because other people don't want to see it is worrying, at best. It's considered a problem for players to wear "offensive" skimpy armor that makes the fans of non-skimpy armor feel unhappy, but that argument never seems to work in reverse. Why is it not considered just as much of an issue that players who like skimpy armor themselves have to see everyone else in church wear?

    One type of clothing is naturally considered to be "offensive" because it historically has been, rather than both extremes being considered potentially annoying. The Western cultural equivalent of a burka is no better than lingerie.

    So the idea of "less skimpy armor please, I don't want to have to look at that"--the idea that female players should not be able to wear skimpy armor--is just moving into dangerous territory.

     

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  • The sluttyness of the clothes is racially specific in TERA.  Female Elf and Castanic are all basically strippers/hookers but Aman females not as much.

     

    GW2's style in general is to basically give you actual clothes.

  • Master10KMaster10K LondonPosts: 3,065Member
    Originally posted by MattVid

    I am not one to really notice this stuff I guess, but you are right, the armor does look a little more realistic and modest. Unfortunately, I am sure we will still have millions of men running around as women characters.

    And what's wrong with that. In every game I play both male & female characters and I don't see what the big deal is. Heck, my favourite champ in LoL is female and that's purely from a gameplay standpoint... Mostly. image

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  • ariboersmaariboersma Yankton, SDPosts: 1,802Member

    all I can say is thumbs up OP, great visual post and I totally agree. 

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  • Poison_AdelePoison_Adele Seattle, WAPosts: 287Member
    Originally posted by gestalt11

    The sluttyness of the clothes is racially specific in TERA.  Female Elf and Castanic are all basically strippers/hookers but Aman females not as much.

     

    GW2's style in general is to basically give you actual clothes.

    Eh, I beg to differ a bit. Aman females still really only having revealing (let's not slut-shame) clothing to choose from, it's just not nearly on the same level as...obviously, Aman women are not really considered sex objects by most people.

    I agree, though. Guild Wars 2's style is far less stylized and imo (I'm sure there's plenty of better games in this regard but I don't know of them) one of the more realistic styles.

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  • Poison_AdelePoison_Adele Seattle, WAPosts: 287Member
    Originally posted by Master10K
    Originally posted by MattVid

    I am not one to really notice this stuff I guess, but you are right, the armor does look a little more realistic and modest. Unfortunately, I am sure we will still have millions of men running around as women characters.

    And what's wrong with that. In every game I play both male & female characters and I don't see what the big deal is. Heck, my favourite champ in LoL is female and that's purely from a gameplay standpoint... Mostly. image

    Good point.

    I guess (and really as a woman, I'm guessing here--so please let me know if I'm wrong) part of the difference is that when men want a variety which includes skimpy clothing because for them it's nice to look at.

    For women, for myself at least, I want a variety which includes skimpy clothing because otherwise it just feels quite literally, stifling.

    Edit: Sorry for posting so much guys. I'm bored and have coffee onhand. And love a good discussion. I'll cool it for a bit. :)

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  • DaezAsterDaezAster new york, NYPosts: 803Member

    Tera definately went overboard with the t&a but who wants to play an ugly female character. Most dudes want there women to be sexy, Most women want to be sexy in the first place.  I am honestly curious if someone wants to make an ugly female character on purpose, seriously curious. Armor is cool but should it make your female character look like the beefy chick from game of thrones, probably not but should the alt be a stripper, I would say no to that as well.

  • jeremyjodesjeremyjodes antioch, ORPosts: 679Member

    Looks fine. it's a fantasy game. nothing you see or nothing you do should or could be done in the real world. I see nothing wrong with a video game having sexy character outfits be it female or male.

    GW2 look's good. not my game but if you want to dress like a hooker you should have the option in armors. same for men. you want look like your flaming go for it. we live in more open times with a tiny amount of closed minded people who are offended at every little thing.

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  • GrahorGrahor aaaPosts: 828Member

    "Prostitute", "slutty", "like a hooker"... Hey, people, your stone age is showing.

     

    Really, those threads are just killing me. I hate to think that a person can look at nicely (meaning very sexy!) dressed woman and think "slut". Can you people using those words in the posts just outright kill yourself? The Future will be grateful for your heroic cleansing of the gene pool.

  • jpnzjpnz SydneyPosts: 3,529Member

    A defense of 'I am not as bad as this other guy!' never works and is acknowledging the actual fault.

    I was hoping ANet would not stoop this low but I guess they have to make it for their playerbase.

     

    Gdemami -
    Informing people about your thoughts and impressions is not a review, it's a blog.

  • seridanseridan ThessalonikiPosts: 1,202Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by DaezAster

    Tera definately went overboard with the t&a but who wants to play an ugly female character. Most dudes want there women to be sexy, Most women want to be sexy in the first place.  I am honestly curious if someone wants to make an ugly female character on purpose, seriously curious. Armor is cool but should it make your female character look like the beefy chick from game of thrones, probably not but should the alt be a stripper, I would say no to that as well.

    There were posts on the official forums to add options for "ugly" females because all the character options looked very pretty. I guess nobody will ever make a really ugly character but they will still demand the option in the character builder

    Block the trolls, don't answer them, so we can remove the garbage from these forums

  • RamanadjinnRamanadjinn Huntsville, ALPosts: 1,365Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by jpnz

    A defense of 'I am not as bad as this other guy!' never works and is acknowledging the actual fault.

    I was hoping ANet would not stoop this low but I guess they have to make it for their playerbase.

     

     

    as evidenced by the OP.

    the game stands alone.

    take out all of the Tera references and the post is still correct, valid, and worthwhile.  i'm not sure if you're grasping at straws here or what.

    and what exactly has ANet done? i'm unclear on that second sentence.

  • Poison_AdelePoison_Adele Seattle, WAPosts: 287Member
    Originally posted by Grahor

    "Prostitute", "slutty", "like a hooker"... Hey, people, your stone age is showing.

     

    Really, those threads are just killing me. I hate to think that a person can look at nicely (meaning very sexy!) dressed woman and think "slut". Can you people using those words in the posts just outright kill yourself? The Future will be grateful for your heroic cleansing of the gene pool.

    I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one bothered by it. At the same time, I imagine a lot of the people using the phrases aren't actually intending any insult by it, but maybe that's just me being optimistic.

     

    Originally posted by jpnz

    A defense of 'I am not as bad as this other guy!' never works and is acknowledging the actual fault.

    I was hoping ANet would not stoop this low but I guess they have to make it for their playerbase.

     

    So, let me get this straight. Inclusion of any revealing armor, even though many women  want their characters to wear revealing armor, and still providing a great deal of (if not more) non-revealing armors is...still stooping low.

    Why? Can you please explain to me why it's bad to provide some variety for people who wish to wear revealing armors, in addition to those who don't? 

    As someone else said, Guild Wars 2 doesn't need to be compared to other video games to be considered not-oversexualizing. It simply isn't oversexualizing in the first place.

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  • DoktorTeufelDoktorTeufel Norfolk, VAPosts: 413Member
    Originally posted by Poison_Adele

    as a feminist

     

    tl;dr

     

    However, just from glancing at the contents of this thread, I can see it's filled with entitled feminist ranting, propaganda and buzzwords. No thanks.

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  • jpnzjpnz SydneyPosts: 3,529Member
    Originally posted by Ramanadjinn
    Originally posted by jpnz

    A defense of 'I am not as bad as this other guy!' never works and is acknowledging the actual fault.

    I was hoping ANet would not stoop this low but I guess they have to make it for their playerbase.

     

     

    as evidenced by the OP.

    the game stands alone.

    take out all of the Tera references and the post is still correct, valid, and worthwhile.  i'm not sure if you're grasping at straws here or what.

    and what exactly has ANet done? i'm unclear on that second sentence.

    As evidence by the asthetic, I was hoping ANet would do away with 'unrealistic revealing armor'.

    I recall one of the ANet devs talking about 'letting the gameplay do the talking rather than revealing armor' but that was over a year ago so I guess stuff changed.

    Like I said in the other thread, I'm just disappointed.

    Gdemami -
    Informing people about your thoughts and impressions is not a review, it's a blog.

  • Master10KMaster10K LondonPosts: 3,065Member
    Originally posted by Poison_Adele
    Originally posted by Master10K
    Originally posted by MattVid

    I am not one to really notice this stuff I guess, but you are right, the armor does look a little more realistic and modest. Unfortunately, I am sure we will still have millions of men running around as women characters.

    And what's wrong with that. In every game I play both male & female characters and I don't see what the big deal is. Heck, my favourite champ in LoL is female and that's purely from a gameplay standpoint... Mostly. image

    Good point.

    I guess (and really as a woman, I'm guessing here--so please let me know if I'm wrong) part of the difference is that when men want a variety which includes skimpy clothing because for them it's nice to look at.

    For women, for myself at least, I want a variety which includes skimpy clothing because otherwise it just feels quite literally, stifling.

    I'm a guy & I don't care much for skimpyness. For me it's more about style. I like it in games when my outfits & weapons have an interesting style. There's what I consider a particular stylish medium armour set that I liked in GW2, because the pattern & how realistic the material looked. Wish I could find it.

    Edit: Found it

    nice armour

    Also when armour is this skimpy, there's really not much to do with it, to make it look interesting.

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  • Poison_AdelePoison_Adele Seattle, WAPosts: 287Member
    Originally posted by jpnz
    Originally posted by Ramanadjinn
    Originally posted by jpnz

    A defense of 'I am not as bad as this other guy!' never works and is acknowledging the actual fault.

    I was hoping ANet would not stoop this low but I guess they have to make it for their playerbase.

     

     

    as evidenced by the OP.

    the game stands alone.

    take out all of the Tera references and the post is still correct, valid, and worthwhile.  i'm not sure if you're grasping at straws here or what.

    and what exactly has ANet done? i'm unclear on that second sentence.

    As evidence by the asthetic, I was hoping ANet would do away with 'unrealistic revealing armor'.

    I recall one of the ANet devs talking about 'letting the gameplay do the talking rather than revealing armor' but that was over a year ago so I guess stuff changed.

    Like I said in the other thread, I'm just disappointed.

    And unrealistic non-revealing armor....?

    It's unclear if your problem is with the level of realism or the amount that the armor is revealing. 

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  • jpnzjpnz SydneyPosts: 3,529Member
    Originally posted by Poison_Adele
     
    Originally posted by jpnz

    A defense of 'I am not as bad as this other guy!' never works and is acknowledging the actual fault.

    I was hoping ANet would not stoop this low but I guess they have to make it for their playerbase.

     

    So, let me get this straight. Inclusion of any revealing armor, even though many women  want their characters to wear revealing armor, and still providing a great deal of (if not more) non-revealing armors is...still stooping low.

    Why? Can you please explain to me why it's bad to provide some variety for people who wish to wear revealing armors, in addition to those who don't? 

    As someone else said, Guild Wars 2 doesn't need to be compared to other video games to be considered not-oversexualizing. It simply isn't oversexualizing in the first place.

    If the logic of 'If people want it in their game it is okay' is applied than why did you single out TERA?

    I'm sure there are people who wanted TERA's armor as well. I'm not one of them though.

    The 'oversexualizing' is a matter of opinion.

    I think GW2 is so I am disappointed with ANet.

    You don't think it is so you are okay.

    Neither will convince the other though.

     

    I will say this, a thread like this and others are proof that there is that 'oversexualizing' element.

    Gdemami -
    Informing people about your thoughts and impressions is not a review, it's a blog.

  • Br3akingDawnBr3akingDawn a City, CAPosts: 1,357Member Uncommon

    I personally like GW2 choices of armor design for their world/era however you wanna call it. But I too have to admit I enjoy Tera's armor choices for their female characters even though really, there isnt much armor on them. I love seeing b00bs. From the day I was born, mom boob fed me in my face, theres nothing more I like to see than boobs everyday. But when it comes to armor, I want to see armor, it can be sexy but lets not reveal everything. If I want to walk around showing boobs, I wish I can do that, but means taking off my armor. Tera's armor design is actually very good, but I wish it wasnt as revealing as it is.

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  • ariboersmaariboersma Yankton, SDPosts: 1,802Member
    Originally posted by seridan
    Originally posted by DaezAster

    Tera definately went overboard with the t&a but who wants to play an ugly female character. Most dudes want there women to be sexy, Most women want to be sexy in the first place.  I am honestly curious if someone wants to make an ugly female character on purpose, seriously curious. Armor is cool but should it make your female character look like the beefy chick from game of thrones, probably not but should the alt be a stripper, I would say no to that as well.

    There were posts on the official forums to add options for "ugly" females because all the character options looked very pretty. I guess nobody will ever make a really ugly character but they will still demand the option in the character builder

    they actually did add them, both body types and faces.

    in general though the argument on the other thread is so baseless and ignorant I can't bring myself to post there >.< SO I'll post my opinion here. As the OP stated there are many options from skimpy to fully covered for everyone. I like this! I am a female gamer and I like having dress up clothes.. some are shall we say light on the covering up part.. and others pretty for whatever reason. Now one thing I don't see anyone mentioning is that MOST of the skimpy outfits are for clothies... this is normal in ANY game! BUT! Anet has given full robe versions for those that want them... but you cannot expect to have every style of clothing available from lvl 1! I wish I had taken pics of every outfit I got from lvl 1 to 17 on my necro and from 1-34ish on my ranger but here are a few examples.

    Female Norn town clothes

    starter female human cloth set

    1st cloth crafted set(I wish I had a full shot the pants are full length with slippers, your basic harm set) and a chain set not sure at all what it is but its low lvl and some is crafted I think. Also please not that the set between these two cloth sets showed no cleavage and only some leg, was a fuller skirt and a pretty top.

    This is a mis 20's to mis 30's leather set. I really didnt find any SEXY sets for non cloth gear but I have seen pics so I know they are there.

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