lazy because it doesn’t show very much and leaves it to you to use your imagination as to what’s going on.
In some cases, that’s better storytelling. In a teaser trailer of all things, I’d say we’re working with one of those cases.
As for the gender issue, I’ll base my response off my interpretation of the scene.
I don’t think we have anything to worry about with this little context, except that she’s wearing a lot less clothes than everyone else and we don’t have a good contextual reason as to why. I’m not concerned, but I understand why a reasonable person might be; on the other hand, it’s not as though the “I killed a bunch of people while wearing my boxes and/or pajamas and then woke up not sure exactly what happened” trope is unheard of in non-gendered contexts. It’s not particularly over-used either, as amnesia/body-awareness tropes go so that’s a plus. The trouble is that anytime you encounter unclothed, hollywood-attractive females in media, there’s potentially an extra layer to it. Whether or not complaining and even caring does anything helpful, perceiving that extra layer of social information isn’t in itself problematic and claiming that it can simply be willed out of existence is missing the realities of our society.
I’m not going to criticize anyone for it, but most white Americans of both genders implicitly associate women and minorities with negative words more often than men in a statistically significant way. IATs don’t tell us a lot about social dynamics and they don’t tell us anything about a person’s conscious state or public behavior … but they give us some insight into the psychological roots of prejudice and the persistence of prejudice in small thoughts, actions and associations. This is a lot of song and dance to restate my earlier claim: anytime our medium portrays women in an overtly sexual manner unaccompanied by a significant large-scale shift in how often it portrays women in less sexual manners and how often if portrays men in a similar manner people have a right to question whether or not it’s part of a large implicit system of prejudicial treatment. It’s not about the severity of the one instance and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the video in isolation. It’s the whole package–the way women are portrayed in games (and non-white people, in some case since someone mentioned race), the negative sides to the femme fatal stereotypes, the failure of privileged classes to recognize that discriminatory policies, practices and behaviors against classes with different amounts of privileged are fundamentally different (i.e. the existence of serious Men’s Rights Activists (not to be confused with Father’s Rights Activists, though that is certainly related to the statement before this double-parentetical)…
I’d add that there’s nothing I find personally offensive in the video and that I wouldn’t have felt it worth mentioning if you hadn’t asked. This is just how I think about gender politics. I don’t think attacking this video is part of the good fight, as it were, but there are certainly trailers I’ve seen here on RPS that I have attacked in such a way. My two cents. Or twelve or something.
I do think CD Projekt do like their bewbs, and it can sometimes lessen the tone of the game because it sometimes feels like they’re thinking “wait we haven’t seen boobs in a while, quick show some!” but on the other hand, they are reasonably good when it comes to also showing women as quite powerful (Triss was sexualised but also quite a strong character as were some of the other sorceresses.
Well put. I agree.
It’s all certainly complicated by the fact that non-sexist portrayals have to have room for sexuality and CD Projekt would have all the sexuality intact in their work even if there wasn’t the slightest whiff of sexism in the world because that’s just how they roll. And just as a coin must come up tails seven times in a row quite often in a truly random series of tosses, non-sexist media has to have room for individual works in which the women are more sexualized then the men. The trouble is deciding what to do with an individual work that isn’t explicitly sexist when the broad pattern is clearly problematic.