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    YouTubers, Gamers Locked In Debate Over Mortal Kombat 11ís De-Sexualized Females

    The media has spent the last seven years hammering home the point that men shouldn’t find sexualized depictions of fictional...
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    Yikes. I think they went a bit too far with the change. There is nothing wrong with boobs. They don't have to be falling out of their clothing to be there. It looks like they almost make these women look like smaller men. I feel like everyone is trying to make everything about men by making it all about women, in a very weird way.

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    I've never been a big fan of oversexualization, but I'm not against it either. There's a market for porn after all, of course there's a market for games which try to make their characters look hot and I don't think there's anything wrong with either of those things.

    A big problem with the fight for strong female characters has been that some think it's all about dexsexualization and not whether they are genuinly equally interesting and deep characters as the male counterparts.

    Hence why in the DMC reboot, DmC, Ninja Theory tried to suggest that their new female lead who constantly had to rely on the male characters and was mostly a damsel in distress was a 'strong female character' compared to the 'sluts' from the original series that were actually interesting, strong in their own right characters simply because she dresses modestly and they don't.

    Now is there maybe a bit too much objectification of women in media? Probably still yeah. Do I have a problem with desexualisation? No, not at all, sometimes it can be for a good reason. I won't pretend whether I know this 'issue' with MK11 has been positive or not since it'd be silly of me to make statements about a game series I don't know a great deal about, but I will say sometimes focusing on desexualization is a kneejerk solution that doesn't always solve the actual issue and sometimes just creates more problems.
    But again, in this case maybe it's for the better, maybe not, I won't pretend to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ctarl-Ctarl Empire View Post
    A big problem with the fight for strong female characters has been that some think it's all about dexsexualization and not whether they are genuinly equally interesting and deep characters as the male counterparts.
    Yeah, it's frustrating when people conflate sexuality with quality.

    In the context of Mortal Kombat though, this seems like a weird creative direction. Like, seeing Johnny Cage uppercut a man's head off is okay, but a woman wearing skimpy clothes is over the line. Mortal Kombat X also seemed like it was strangely trying to "dignify" the franchise with stuff like Kung Jin being revealed to be gay. Not that a gay character is a problem, but it feels like such a clash in direction to have this schlocky, ultra-violent, parody of martial arts fantasy peppered with attempts at catering to modern sensitivities in the vein of a Netflix Original show, with Raiden acting like a supportive school counselor to the troubled gay teen. (The kombat kids overall felt weird and so did the Cage/Sonya story in that sense.)

    Who are they catering to, is what I'm asking. Are the people who would normally dislike sexualized characters be more willing to play Mortal Kombat even with that change? How much does that kind of change in direction really grow the audience? It doesn't really bother me, just leaves me sort of confused lol. Hope it works out for them. If I really want boobs, Dead or Alive still exists. (And even with the constant desexualization of that franchise it's still plenty salacious lol)
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