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iconTropes vs. Women in Video Games: All the Slender Ladies: Body Diversity in Video Games

by feministfrequency

In this episode of Feminist Frequency, Anita Sarkeesian examines the very limited range of female body types commonly seen in games, contrasting this with the much wider range of physiques that male characters frequently possess. When female characters appear who do have a body type that is notably different from the slender physique that games establish as the standard, these bodies are sometimes presented as a joke, or as a twisted transgression of social standards and expectations. This limited range extends to the age of female characters as well, but there are a few games that have positive representations of women with different body types and women who are older.

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