In the newest installment of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, host Anita Sarkeesian tackles outfit choices. Watch above as she explores why some women in games are just given lingerie to wear in battles, while men protect themselves with suits of armor.
Examples of the trend include Bayonetta, Perfect Dark and the Street Fighter series. Sarkeesian uses these and other titles to explain that skimpy outfits for women aren't just impractical, but sexualized. The episode even features a little animation spoofing Perfect Dark's clothing preferences.
"When fictional female characters in games are dressed in impractical armor or clothing, it encourages players to view them as sex objects," she says at the end of the video, "and reinforces the already pervasive and harmful notion in our culture that sexualization is the most viable or only real route to power for women."
A full transcript with further resources is available on the Feminist Frequency site. Previous topics discussed on this season of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, Feminist Frequency's Kickstarter-funded web series, include the male gaze and butts in games. There's more to come this season, which is set to be the show's last.
The organization has plans for another project, Ordinary Women, which met its funding goal earlier this spring. The first episode will debut in September.