Objectification & Slut Shaming: Where Do You Draw The Line?
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The question is pretty self explanatory but for some context you can read on.
This thread is inspired by some old /v/ threads I've been reading concerning aspects of this issue in which the community has discussed things concerning female characters in video games and the different facets that accompanies this subject i.e. fanservice, objectification, slut shaming, sexualization, empowerment, inclusiveness, etc. So for this thread I wanted to zoom in on a specific area of this discussion which is less focused on the subject itself and more focused on the individual preferences with concern to how you critique aspects of this subject, and that subject being good female characters in video games, the traits that accompany that and/or sexual expression.
For the wording of the title I tried to go for something related in some aspects yet conflicting when applied in certain situations. Now yes you can say "you can't slut shame video game characters because they have no agency, they're just polygons" then with all due respect your opponent can also likely make a similar case for objectification if this issue were to be simplified in such a manner so I hope we can avoid that and focus on the topic.
Finally, if you made it this far then please understand that there is no wrong answer here. I am simply curious about your honest stance when it comes to objectifying vs. empowerment. If you like games that feature hypersexualized women, fanservice and/or women in revealing clothing (whether it is contextual or not) that's fine. If you take strong issue with those elements or design choices that is just as valid. What I am saying is please be respectful of others opinions as I know this can be somewhat of a hot topic for some.