Not to be outdone by nintendo’s awesomogyny (mysiogyny that’s totally rad cause its in video game form), Sony has delivered a subtle fuck you to positive body images (Feministing). Shakespear’s Sister has had a little back and forth with Jim Sterling of Destructoid:
Finally, the brilliant Jim Sterling of Destructoid manages to exemplify the perfect, hilarious irony of most of the responses to my original post:
Even worse is a writer at Shakesville, who took time out of doing her husband’s laundry to write this: “Congrats on your awesome new game, Sony. I’m positively thrilled to see such unyielding dedication to creating a new generation of fat-hating, heteronormative assholes.” As you can see, she uses “words” like “heteronormative” to sound clever and informed, a tactic which invariably fails and makes one look presumptuous and pretentious. … Word to the wise: Sarcastic fat girls don’t go to the prom!
Genius. If there’s one way to counter my charge that this game will reinforce fat-hating and heteronormativity, it’s to mock me for being fat and note I “took time out of doing [my] husband’s laundry” to write the post. Boy, was I ever wrong, huh? Consider me sufficiently chastened!
I decided to take a look at Jim’s article. One line stood out:
It should be no secret to anybody that I’m a fat guy myself, and I’m certainly not offended by this game.
Its true. He is fat. What’s intriguing though, is this idea that because he’s not offended, no other fat people ought to be. It isn’t a stretch of the imagination to imagine counter examples to this kind of argument. But its one we see again and again. So let’s recognize it for what it is, a rhetorical trick to strip the targeted group of people of a legitimate voice. “After all”, the argument intones, “if I’m not offended and I’m [in the group], no one [from the group] should be offended either”.
Ben Silverman, Douchebag extraordinaire of Yahoo, weighs in:
Sony has yet to issue an official response, although Joystiq did receive a particularly informative update from James Green, Fat Princess’ lead art director, who clued gamers in on the origins of the game:
“Does it make it better or worse that the concept artist (who designed the look, characters, everything) is a girl?”
Hmmm…hope the game’s detractors don’t mind eating a bit of crow.
Ben continues the magical logic of the “not offended exception”: since a girl did it, its ok.
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