Where’s Rey?

This continues a trend of how biases in corporate interests really piss me off for how blind and narrow-minded they always are.

When I grew up, the pink and yellow power rangers being women didn’t stop me from wanting or playing with those toys. I even had the April O’Neil action figure, despite her not being one of the titular turtles or a well-known fighting ally.

Yet, here we are. Some guys who have a lot of bias and probably some axes to grind are so asinine, they’ll go out of their way to have a female character excluded even in sets where the character is just one of a set.

And make no mistake: even if the completely asinine “logic” that boys don’t won’t play with toys of girls were somehow miraculously true, all that means is boys would ignore girl pieces in sets. Boys are NOT going to look at a set that happens to include one woman in a sea of guys and think “Eww, it has one girl in it. OMG OMG OMG OMG I’VE GOT PLASTIC COOTIES NOW.”

Unless the boy’s father is a raging sexist/misogynist force-feeding his views on his boy 24/7, no boy is going to say they don’t want a set of toys just because one lone figure in the set fictionally has a vagina.

Which leads me to the conclusion: there is actually NO business reason behind women being excluded from toys in recent years. NONE. No matter what the suits claiming this try to say to weasel his way out of it, the real reason they’re against women in toys is sexism. Even if they sincerely believe their excuses, which I highly doubt, they are still excuses. They are still complete and utter bullshit.

With this in mind, I am really, really fucking happy that the attempt to focus on Kylo Ren turned out to be such a shitshow. It is my view that companies that do shitty things for shitty spiteful reasons do not deserve to make money. Now, they’re getting the comeuppance they deserve by way of lost potential revenue, negative PR, and people doing things for themselves when companies won’t give them any chance whatsoever to buy what they really want.

Where’s Rey?


Let’s sing along

Odessa, Kanono, Rosella, Alena, Hatsune Miku, Lyonesse
Mackenzie, and Freya and Beatrix and Eiko, Megurine Luka, Celes
then Marta and Sypha and Farah  Cecilia, Jill Valentine, Maya, Garnet
Aya Brea, Chris Lightfellow, Meliadoul, Agrias, Rafa, Junon and Colette

Nakoruru, Shantotto, Lucia, Lucia, Leona, Leona, Emilia
Asellus, Luna, Yuna, Kunoichi, Feena Katt Rutee Mary and Phillia

Miria, MsPacMan, Red Eye, Fio Germi, then Nadia and Irene Lew  
Opera, Precis, and Lyndis and Jenna then Gum, Cube Piranha and Mew
Tengaar, Kasumi, Cornette, Ladybug, Mia Hamm, Tyra Elson Papri
Timegal and Rydia Charlotte and Lara Croft Monica Kid and Chun Li

Every female ruler you play in Civ 4, and then Samus well that’s a no brainer
Josephine, Alyx Vance, Pyra and Jade and all female pokemon trainers

there’s Lightning and eri, rose and then sami and then goku’s granddaughter pan
Princess Erika, Bianca, Lukia, but only if you buy your games in Japan

Marle and miyaka then ayla then lucca then blaze ronnie bell and aeris
the version with clothes, athena and king  alisa stewart and faris

Lissandra, Irelia Karma Quinn Poppy Soraka Lux Lulu Diana
Caitlyn, Cassiopeia, Fiora Annie and Sona Jinx Nami Tristana

there’s rena and terra and relm and micaiah bayonetta maria renard
and lena and alis masuyo baraduke tower of druaga’s ishtar.

sonia sonia sonia sonia sona? that is an overused name
teefa and teefa… there’s only two teefas valis is from her own game

any game where you can make your own character that applies to male or female gamers
that’s a good chunk of the videogame library…

so when they tell you
they’re not represented
kindly go tell them
to learn about gaming
pick up a controller
and play

Oh good, this load of bull again.

1) If you have to cite female characters from incredibly obscure games to pad your numbers, you’re wrong.

2) If you have to cite female characters that were made 15-30 years ago and haven’t been used since, you’re wrong.

3) If you have to cite minor side characters that didn’t lead their own games, you’re wrong.

4) If you have to pretend many of these women are not the sole token woman or one of only a few women among character rosters that have double or more men, with male characters usually treated as more important, you’re wrong.

Lists like this try to deny there’s a problem by pretending that if you can generate a list of ANY female characters across the ENTIRE HISTORY of video games, then somehow it cancels out the past 5-10 years of mostly male characters as the stars of mainstream entries.

These lists also pretend that taking the same incredibly loose criteria used to come up with at most a hundred women and applying it to male characters wouldn’t result in a list thousands of male characters deep.

None of this “women have enough representation, look at these names” junk is a genuine counter-argument. It’s desperate grasping at straws to act like valid criticism is invalid so the industry doesn’t have to get any better.