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Female armour in fantasy books/games

Discussion in 'World Building' started by ALB2012, Jan 2, 2013.

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  1. Ankari

    Ankari Hero Breaker Moderator

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    I have to disagree on this point. If a woman is dressed in a mailkini but the protection comes from some magical ring, why is she wearing a mailkini? Why not something lighter and more practical like a linen shirt and pants? The mailkini, even though it isn't a complete armor set, weighs a lot more than a shirt and pants. For ease of movement, a warrior would go for the lighter option (with protection being equal as provided by the ring).

    In my novel, I apply practical armor to all genders. This is not to say that some of my characters won't use their sexuality as a weapon itself, but not every woman is there for eye candy.
     
  2. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    I don't think there is any way to argue that men get the same treatment on the same level. The truth is, media is grossly skewed in favor of sexualized depictions of women. I don't think the point is arguable, personally.

    There may be reasons for this, in the minds of the creators of media, in terms of what is effective. I remember learning in a college class on sexuality that men are much more visually stimulated than women. While I can't say whether it is true, scientifically, it certainly seems to be true and it isn't the only time I've heard or read it. That doesn't mean some women aren't also highly visually stimulated, it just speaks to a general situation. If that's the case, then the easiest explanation for sexualization of women is that it works, whereas if you expend the same time and resources sexualizing men, then return is much smaller.

    How many guys did I know in college who sat through Species a few times just to see Natasha Henstridge walking around stark naked? (This was before the internet, where it is all just a click away). If Species had been about a male alien regularly naked on-camera, would you have had as many women sitting through the film to see it? I doubt it.
     
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  3. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    Just place the magical protection within the mailkini itself. Then she HAS to wear it. Self-serving, sure...
     
  4. saellys

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    I'm still curious about the specifics.

    Then she can put something on over it. Call it a mithrilkini. ;) Actually, on a serious note, the blog post linked at the very beginning of this thread pointed out that concealment can be way sexier than just putting it all out there. I have read and seen on television on numerous occasions that men, er, "perk up" just from knowing that a woman has a garter belt beneath her clothing. How much more potentially arousing would it be to think that under some leathers and linens, a woman has a magical mailkini on? (Which, by the way, is probably pinching her in some really awkward places, but that's a whole different discussion of practicality and comfort.)
     
  5. Jabrosky

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    I am curious, are you opposed to heterosexual men drawing sexy images of women per se? I've received a good deal of flak from some other "feminist" types for my drawings of beautiful female subjects (often coupling the charges of sexism and racism). It's one thing to argue against a common double standard in the sexualization of men and women, but I have received this perception that certain "feminists" (note my quote marks) oppose any man drawing what he finds sexually attractive on principle.

    I don't agree that sexy, scantily clad female characters necessarily come with bad characterization. Sure, a lot of male writers may not write their female characters competently, but in the end the bikinis are a cosmetic choice that don't always bear on a character's behavior or personality.
     
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  6. Reaver

    Reaver Kwisatz Haderach Moderator

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    This thread has gotten way off topic and become a sociology debate. I'm locking the thread.
     
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