What is sexist for some, might not be for others.

During the holidays, two of my female friends were discussing Super Princess Peach for Nintendo’s original DS. Having both played a little bit of the original game, as well as hearing people discuss it in relation towards sexism, I felt like I was able to weigh in on a game that I, personally, found to be sexist.

peachykeenIn Super Princess Peach, The Princess uses her emotions to do battle in a pastel colored world, as this time she is the protagonist instead of the victim. Wait what? In Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Smash Bros. Melee, Peach was a vegetable chucking, skirt floating mama that people could easily argue was better than Mario. SERIOUSLY! So I’m sure that my female friends were eager to hear me explain these facts, right?

Nope. You see, Peach doesn’t have to act out physically like other character, apparently. She can fight differently than Mario. Yeah… but… gah! The game was made easier than the original games in order to appeal to girls! How is that not sexist?! *sigh*

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Cortana in Halo 4, who like Peach… is emotionally ‘unstable.’

I keep forgetting that what is sexist for some, others consider a non issue. Cortana in Halo, for example, is naked. By all means, that should be considered wrong and taboo, as Halo is largely thought of as a game that is made to cater towards men and 12 year old boys. Cortana, is a a well rounded character, who rounds out John who would otherwise be a boring character. She is smart, sassy, and well… she can open doors… quite literally, this A.I. is an object, who I never felt was truly objectified, even though she was highly sought after. A naked, well rounded woman, who honestly is most people’s favorite character in the series… … …

I just wanted a game that took Peach seriously, and played similarly to either the adventure mode in Super Smash Bros. Melee or Super Mario Bros. 2. I guess beggers can’t be choosers though.

Bah. For fun, here is an out take of Jen Taylor as Cortana.

Wait… Jen Taylor is also Princess Peach? Wait… even in Super Princess Peach? Dang,

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One thought on “What is sexist for some, might not be for others.

  1. Haha, I feel like it’s difficult to talk about sexism in video games (anywhere, really) so thank you for writing this. Although Super Princess Peach is really simplified and Peach fights with emotions, it at least caters to a female gaming audience–which is something I think we need more of 🙂

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