Objectification Isn’t Wrong. It’s Normal.

One ironic thing about the online social justice warriors is how they’re always complaining about inadequate representation of women in video games, yet having your game include female characters is one of the most reliable ways of getting SJWs to attack it: They’ll go after games for treating women differently than men, they’ll go after games for treating women the same as men (by allowing you to inflict the same kinds of violence on female characters as you can on male characters), for making women damsels in distress, for making women fighting fucktoys…it never ends.One thing SJWs especially hate about women in video games is seeing them Objectified – attractive female characters in revealing outfits, or sometimes wearing nothing at all, the camera focusing on their assets, their money makers, all this Triggers SJWs so badly that they sometimes even try to get games banned because of it (http://mynintendonews.com/2015/03/13/swedish-newspaper-thinks-nintendo-should-ban-senran-kagura-2/). Even the less obviously insane SJWs will spend a lot of time complaining about women in video games (and movies, television, comic books, advertising etc) being objectified, reduced to nothing but an attractive piece of meat, the whole process somehow conditioning men to think of women as being less than human.

Objectification is normal, and harmless.

What these people ignore, or maybe never realized, is that we objectify people in society all the time: When I get on the bus, I objectify the strangers taking up seats, as I try to find a seat not occupied by another human body. I care little for the personal history of each individual on the bus, I just want to find a free seat. When I buy groceries, I objectify the people in front of me standing in line, as I search for the line made up by the fewest bodies – the individual qualities of each person in each line mattering little to me. When I go to the movies, I don’t care about whatever accomplishments of the tall guy blocking my view can boast of – I primarily think of him as an obstacle preventing me from viewing the full screen.

This isn’t a matter of dehumanization, it’s a matter of practicality – when you’re in a medium- to large city, most people there are going to be complete strangers to you. Even if you’re the kind of person who likes to strike up conversations with strangers out of the blue, you can’t do this with most people you walk by – they’re inevitably reduced to background decoration as you move about your daily life. That doesn’t mean you ever forget that they are people just like you and your loved ones – it just means that you interact with them on a very superficial level, basically as objects: You avoid bumping into them, you navigate past them on the way towards something you’re after and you try to avoid letting any of them slow you down or obstruct your view. However, normal people never get this confused with actually thinking people ARE objects – we still recognize that those “objects” have the same right to bus seats and the attention of cashiers as us, that’s how we can play by and respect a common set of rules governing our behavior in public.

curvyThat also goes for the particular kind of objectification that so pisses off SJWs so much – objectifying women. When I see pretty lady walking down the street, my eyes are certainly drawn to her, and I think of her primarily in terms of her physical attributes – especially if her clothes are highlighting them. In that moment, I neither know nor particularly care about her education, her family, her personality or even her name. Horrible, right? Here’s the thing though – it all lasts just a moment: I see her, I sample her good looks (objectifying her) and then I move on, without missing a beat. Why would it even be a big deal? As I’ve pointed out, we objectify people all them time, objectifying beautiful women is just a particularly positive form of objectification. Just like I’d never confuse a tall guy blocking my view at the cinema with an obstructive tree needing pruning, I’d never confuse an attractive woman walking down the street with a sex doll that exists for the sake of my pleasure. This should be common sense for anyone who’s capable of functioning in society – which may be precisely the problem when you’re trying to explain this to SJWs.

Objectifying fictional characters – you’re doing it right.

If objectification is harmless in the real world, obviously it’s no more “problematic” in fiction – in fact, I’d call it a positive good. Fictional characters are their core created to serve various purposes – everything from being someone for you to admire, relate to or sympathize with to helping flesh out other characters, killing off superfluous characters or being the target of audience hatred. All in the name making the time spent in a fictional world enjoyable. Fictional characters exist at the mercy of their creator and for the pleasure of the audience, so trying to apply any kind of real-world morality (especially already nonsensical SJW moralism decrying objectification) to how you relate to fictional characters very quickly gets very stupid.

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As such, there’s nothing wrong with female characters existing partially or primarily for the sake of male titillation. One female character may exist for the sake of being an empowerment fantasy, a badass who oneshots skyscraper sized monsters – another may exist for the sake of being eye candy and frequently baring her butt. Neither one is “problematic”, and the extent to which either character is well received depends on the execution, the target audience and the fictional world she inhabits. And of course, nothing prevents the character from having multiple qualities – just think of Bayonetta, an incredibly powerful witch with agency aplenty who also shows off plenty of tits and ass.

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Interestingly, whenever a female character shows some skin it’s usually the SJWs that will reduce her to ONLY being a fanservice character. Just think of how they bash Bayonetta and the Senran Kagura girls – the fact that these characters show their bodies off not only causes the SJWs to freak out, it also causes them to ignore any and all other qualities that these characters may possess, calling them “fighting fucktoys” or dismissing them with other less crude, but similarly derogatory descriptions. Ironically, it’s often the SJWs that can’t see past the bodies of fictional women, while their “misogynistic” fans are able to appreciate the whole of the character.

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In the end, there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with either objectification or with female characters getting naked for sake of pleasing male fans – recognizing this only requires basic understanding of real-life society, of fiction, and how these two spheres operate under very different rules. Apparently, that’s way too much to ask for nowadays.

Christi Junior

Infamous #GamerGate Hardliner featured in the Washington Post. Nintendo fan. Screw your pronouns.