This evening Scattergun Gamer, is having a little rant on the subject of sexism in the production of female figures for wargaming. The examples that have raised his hackles are Games Workshop's Sisters of Repentia, who are clad in what can only be called bondage gear.
Personally, I don't find these figures offensive, but I have seen some that are pretty offensive - captives being stripped and tortured, with more than an implication of sexual humiliation. Even searching Google Images for [pulp heroine] brought up some dodgy images of violence against women.
Rape porn aside, the chain-mail bikini and 'female armour' depictions such as we see here from GW send out a terrible message. As one of the comments on the original post says "In an hobby that suffers from image problems as it is - cf. beardy
weirdies, anorak gamers, smelly gamers etc. - we really don't need to be
setting ourselves up this way."
In one of those coincidences an old friend of mine (in her seventies and a RPG-er since the 1980s) share the following video on Facebook today. Enjoy.
Now this is nothing new of course. Pulp comics always relied on putting women wearing very little in compromising situations. But it carries on. The question is: is it right to do that in this day and age?
Did Magna Carta die in vain?