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March 8, 2006

A Lara Croft I Can Be

Filed under:Gaming Women, News, Sexism, Videogames — Lake Desire @ 11:11 am

Today is International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating in the blogsphere by blogging against sexism. I’ll be celebrating offline in my community, but wanted to share a few things first.

Tekanji has written a wonderful post): How to Be a Real Nice Guy. I’m not going to pull out quotes because I highly recommend my male visitors (because I know you all are well intentioned and I hope do consider yourselves nice guys) read the entire post.

I’d like to add a request: don’t interupt the conversation to ask for sexism/white privilege/heternormitiy/speciesism 101 (and the list could go on). It is okay to have a dialogue and ask questions, but it isn’t the job of the oppressed job to educate the dominant group. (That’s bringing the discussion back to you at the center.) For example, as a white person, I should be the one responding to people in my own group accusing people of color of “reverse racism.” I’ve started contributing to a new blog called Ally Work that is attempting to do just that. Check it out. I hope more spaces will emerge for profeminist men to do similar work against sexism and the ways in which it intersects with other forms of oppression. privilege judo may be one blogger to watch.

And lastly, I come back to video games. I’ve been meaning to comment on the breast reduction in the upcoming Tomb Raider: Legend game that has made MTV News and Kotaku. Wonderland point’s out that Lara’s proportions have simply migrated to her rogue anthropologist rival, and Guilded Lilies asks if there is really a need for mourning for the loss of cup size.

As a gaming woman, I don’t find Lara Croft’s new proportions especially empowering or representative of me. It’s another message of how I ought to look so I can be sexy, confident, and poised. The consensus was that Croft was ridiculous, even from those who found her aesthetically pleasing. Now, she’s “realistic.” I could, theoretically, look like the new Lara Croft; she’s become within the realm of possibility existing. I’ve already “won” genetic lottery—I’m white, brunette, not fat—and now I just need to get breast implants, work out more, and stop eating.



  1. thanks for the link! i’ll be linking to tekanji’s post too, i think. oh, and i’m a huge chrono trigger fan. :)

    Comment by fournier (2 comments) — March 8, 2006 @ 5:07 pm

  2. You’re welcome. Chrono Trigger was my favorite game as a teenager, and probably is still my favorite, although I’m curious what I’d think of it now that I’m older and (hopefully) wiser. :D If you like the music from the game, I recommend downloading Chrono Symphonic.

    Comment by Lake Desire (208 comments) — March 8, 2006 @ 7:12 pm

  3. Whatever her measurements, she’s still practically naked. Can you even call those ’shorts’?

    Comment by Kat (6 comments) — March 9, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

  4. Most of my panties are more modest. :D

    Comment by Lake Desire (208 comments) — March 9, 2006 @ 1:47 pm

  5. Heya, since you responded in Lily’s post I followed you back here to try to get some more insight. I don’t want to split this up though and start long threads in both places though. I’m also going to sample some of the links you provide.

    Comment by Maelstrom (1) — March 10, 2006 @ 4:52 am

  6. Welcome to NG+. I’ll respond to your comments on GL soon (probably this afternoon, when I’m out of class). Thanks for the heads up.

    Comment by Lake Desire (208 comments) — March 10, 2006 @ 7:40 am

  7. Lara’s Breasts

    Wikipedia tells us:

    "Suspension of disbelief is a willingness of a reader or viewer to suspend his or her critical faculties to the extent of ignoring minor inconsistencies so as to enjoy a work of fiction."

    As you can tell, "s…

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  8. [...] Over at New Game Plus, our very own Ariel writes a short post on the problematic nature of a new “realistic” redesign of one of video game’s most famous vixens in A Lara Croft I Can Be. [...]

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  9. [...] designers acknowledged Lara was unrealistic, and responded with a redesign of supposed realism, I still snubbed Lara Croft: As a gaming woman, I don’t find Lara Croft’s new proportions especially empowering [...]

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