JonTron just linked this image as an example of how men are stereotyped and exploited in video games I’m literally laughing out loud holy shit
for anyone who still doesn’t get it notice the background please
Fun fact: topless slave girls are COLLECTIBLES in this game.
See, the problem is that the guys objectification is empowering. You’re empowered because you’re taking advantage of the other objectified people.
Also, can my followers who like guys please comment on whether or not they find this guy sexually attractive?
nah, too much muscle. Muscle is hard… I want something soft to rest my head on! :P the only guy that i’ve ever been attracted to who has looked like this is Jason Momoa.
I personally like muscles. I adore them. They fascinate me.
But this Conan doesn’t look sexually attractive. He looks like he’s gonna kill me - he’s intimidating and forceful. I’d better stay away from him.
If he looked like this
I’d say “Well, hello sexy.”
Objectification and sexualization don’t really depend on character’s looks, even if they use it to objectificate and sexualize. They depend on character’s purpose and agency.
A girl character can run around with her titties exposed but still could be not sexualized.
Just my 2 cents
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Okay, the above posters make a good point about the women in this box art, but it isn’t as if Jontron’s original comment about Conan is invalid. Mr. The Barbarian is representing a stereotype or ‘ideal’ set down in video games for young men to emulate here and it is one that is harmful. Men are taught be devoid of all emotions except ‘angry’. They are taught to be physically domineering, detached and violent. They are told that the inability to live up to these ideals means they have not achieved manliness. We can’t forget, after all, that men have their gender performance policed as closely as women do.
Besides that, this cover is part of the social force by which boys/men are taught to view women as possessions. It isn’t an idea they come up with on their own, after all. They are taught to treat women like possessions by all the same media that encourages women to treat themselves like possessions and that sort of media is harmful for both sides.