2 comments on “RPG Rabbit Gets Creeped On In Bravely Default

  1. I think the white mage outfit is supposed to be a white mini-dress? I thought that based on the similar design of the black mage outfit.

    But anyway, I feel the need to say that I don’t think the “sexism” seen in Persona and in fantasy RPGs really aren’t fare to compare/equate. The “hot springs” episode comes off as fanservice, but at the same time bathing in hot springs is a normal, common activity in Japan and I do believe that it is a normal thing for school trips to sometimes be to an onsen or involving an onsen. Similarly, a point that isn’t mentioned in your post but may be relevant, but the skirt length in Japan really can be short for school uniforms. I was just in Japan in December and there were many girl uniforms that used miniskirts. Of course, the girls may be purposefully hiking their skirts up a bit, but unless the girls were doing massive tailoring or something, some of the uniform skirts were never meant to go to the knee. I used to think that anime and media from Japan exaggerated the shortness of the skirts, but they really don’t. The “sexism” seen in Persona seems to be a reflection of the sexism of modern Japan, so I can’t hate the game for a pretty realistic portrayal of stuff, even if I don’t like it, whereas for games set in fantasy or sci-fi worlds don’t have be so “sexist” but they do it anyway. Then again you also had a good number of JRPGs that didn’t use sex appeal to sell them like Wild ARMs or Suikoden or Valkyrie Profile (of course, the future for these series is not as high as something like FF or Tales of, which usually add at least one important female character that has “significant” amounts of sex appeal in her design).

    Anyway back to your post. I was also bothered by Florem since casting men into the same type of situation would never happen in video games, so it just adds another negative portrayal of women. I don’t think Ringabel or the old sage are portrayed in a good light either, but that just feels more comedic and not damaging to the reputations of men generally. Still, I think it’s hard to say that sexism in the games themselves are necessarily the main cause of condoning or accepting sexual harassment and stuff in the gaming community; for most of the people who are in the gaming community, their opinions were probably shaped by media and family and school well before games (my personal belief is much of the basis for people’s views on sexes can be traced to elementary school years), unless somehow these people were playing games for most of the hours of the day as soon as they could learn how to read. Of course, if games had better portrayals of women, perhaps less negative and damaging comments towards women would show up in gaming communities. But, the fact that the response to a game adding in achievements for having your male mc kiss another guy (instead of romancing all of the ladies) was many people bragging about how they would not get all the achievements in that game just because of that makes me think that changes in actual games will only help in a small way to change how gaming community members treat each other. Still, while ultimately changes in society in general will have a bigger impact than anything else on gaming community harassment, small steps to discourage harassment can only help make the community better for us all.

    (Sorry for this really long comment… It’s just something I think about a lot while I try to improve the way I act towards all gender, racial, and sexual identities)

    • Thank you for the really long comment, actually! It’s a good read, and your points are well thought out.

      I had always wondered myself if schoolgirl skirts in Japan REALLY were that short, and I’m somewhat amused that your first-hand accounts report that they are.

      I also agree that video games are definitely not the first line of sexist media; ALL of our media is pretty sexist in a lot of ways (for instance, this recent study about female under-representation in film has been making the Facebook rounds).

      Thanks for the well-thought out comment!

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