How fuckin’ bad-ass was that!?! Woo!
Okay, now that that’s out of my system…
Since this is our first real look at the redesigned Mass Effect 3 FemShep in action I figured I would go ahead and weigh in on what I think. Although neither Rick nor I ever seem to use the default design for any character we play, I am a little annoyed to find that they’ve sort of “heroine-d” up our beloved FemShep. The high cheekbones, the smokey eyes, the pouty lips… it’s all very Angelina Jolie. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but compared to the default male Shepard, an every-man if ever there was one, Femshep now has that air of glamour about her that seems to be the prerequisite for female heroes in our current culture.
It’s sad in a way, that we have this innate need to sexualize female action heroes. I mean, would we ever accept a female action hero being as beaten up at the end of a film as Bruce Willis was at the end of Die Hard? Probably not. Partly to avoid the image of a beaten woman, a victim of brutality; but also because it would take away from her sexual attractiveness and we all know that attractiveness and sexuality are a woman’s true source of power. Forget training, physical strength, will power or discipline; if she ain’t hot, she ain’t a hero.
Luckily, in the world of video games this is a minor gripe, because as soon as I load my copy of Mass Effect 3 on March 6th, I can change my Femshep to look the way I think she should look, not the way society dictates she does.