First, it’s a bit ethnocentric. The West doesn’t have a monopoly on sexism. This post is condemning of sexism in Western culture without taking into consideration that Final Fantasy is Japanese. Japan is still a very
misogynist traditional country. I think a lot of Japanese men still believe a woman has a “proper place” in society.
Second, women will dress however they want. Many women will actually opt to dress in skirts because when you look good, you flaunt it. Final Fantasy men and women are no different. You look good, people want to see it. And when you look good, people will see it regardless.
Why do women proactively pose provocatively? Because they know men want to see it. Why do men pose heroically? Because that’s what turns women on (…sometimes). Women like muscles, but probably more so status and a good personality. Men don’t have to pose sexy. I bet it does more for a woman to see a man as a leader than it does to show his
booty pecs (I’m looking at you Ramza!).
Sometimes people still think in stereotypes that are frankly stupid. Like a girl who is born with big boobs is a slut. Tifa comes to mind. But they’re also forgetting something. Final Fantasy breaks a lot of stereotypes. And as the articles state, Final Fantasy has taken an active state to make more women protagonist. But keep in mind they’re still women, not “men with tits”. They act feminine. Even Lightning crosses her legs when she sits. And women relate to femininity because they’re female too. Final Fantasy, like all good media, is simply tapping into what humans react to.
As far back as Maria, women were in the fighting role. You could make Maria anything. Except for your wife. If you made Maria a magic user, that was your decision. If you thought the White Mage from the first game was a female, that again was your perspective. Yet, it’s so universal that in later remakes Final Fantasy’s first White Mage is female.
Sure, some of the women have stereotypical healer roles, but they fight with the men as equal. Being equal doesn’t mean having the exact same abilities. It means being a part of the team, which is what Final Fantasy values. And that’s the point of true equality, coming to the table as equals with the abilities you bring. That’s true diversity as well, respecting differences, not forcing similitude.
Over the years, we’ve had a female protagonist, female supporting characters, female villains, female NPCs, etc. Keeping them as stereotypical women will raise charges of sexism. Giving them stereotypically masculine characteristic isn’t much better. Can one only make women respectable through masculine traits? Well, if people are going to complain anyway, just make what you are comfortable with and ignore the haters.
Authors like her maintain the status quo by not taking their own thoughts to their logical conclusion. Where is Sandy Beaches’ article now?
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