It’s fantasy, and I can indulge in itNovember 28, 2009
After writing this week’s Anti-Aliased and looking at all of the comments (and how many hits it’s getting, hoo-boy) I started to think about how all of this pertains to me as a person. Why did I choose this argument? Why am I not offended by women with huge knockers? What does this say about me as a trandgendered person? Do I want to be like those women on the video game boxes?
When I looked into myself, I found my answer. I back up these unrealistic depictions because they are unrealistic depictions. Shit, I’ve even wrote some into my stories on purpose and I’ve certainly made my share of breast-tastic characters.
In short, I like fantasy because it’s fantasy — nothing more.
I wouldn’t want a cup size of 34FF in real life, but I have to say it’s fun to be able to create something like that and enjoy it temporarily in a virtual world. Just like I wouldn’t be an extreme, cold-hearted bitch in real life, yet most of my MMO RP characters are cold-hearted bitches.
It’s an escape, and it’s a fun escape. When we keep trying to see something bad in these things, we’re only really destroying the dreams of ourselves and others. I guess I put it on the same level as someone who tells me not to read Harry Potter because it’s about witches and warlocks. It’s silly. Certainly you may not like it, but it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t read it / make avatars like that / enjoy my imagination.
As an aside — one of the commenters on this week’s Anti-Aliased said that I would be offended if transgendered people were shown in an exaggerated manner in video games, simply because it would “finally hit home” that exaggerated depictions are bad.
To answer that, um, isn’t that how transgendered people are normally portrayed in the media? We’re always these super sexy girls who try to lure men into dirty, penis filled traps. We’re never normal women. Yet, you don’t see me rioting in the streets over that issue. Honestly, I’m usually the first one laughing at those jokes because I know it’s exactly not how it is depicted.
Maybe I’m a weird person who isn’t easily offended by anything. All I know is that I love fantasy. I love using my imagination to draw up fun characters, and I never, ever want to sacrifice my imagination simply because the masses say I’m wrong.