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7-01-2009 @ 12:03PM
@ Ian--I think it's something a lot of women internalize, that it's feminist to devalue female characters who are dressed to be eye-candy. Unfortunately, when we distance ourselves from those characters because of how they look, we're contributing to their overall objectification too. Despite how she looks, Valeera is not a sexpot character; she's pretty much a child. It's often the case that female characters who are drawn to be stereotypically sexy or wear skimpy costumes have their actual character traits ignored--even by feminists and our allies--because supporting those characters is seen as supporting a sexist portrayal. However, a judgement based on looks is still a judgement, whether it's negative or positive.It is possible for women, and even progressive, well-informed, feminist women, to do or say sexist things and not realize it.
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