Comments on: Friday Linkpost /2012/04/27/friday-linkpost-4/ A feminist pop culture adventure Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:45:38 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ian Sturrock /2012/04/27/friday-linkpost-4/#comment-2265 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:45:38 +0000 ELC catalogue is depressing. :(

Two points on the Infinity wargame:

1) Women’s body armour is a different shape to men’s, and does tend not to extend as low, due to different body shapes:

So the midriff-baring look is… still kinda silly — but not totally.

2) More pertinently, the entire game is inspired by an anime/manga aesthetic. That’s one of their main selling points. Whether that look is inherently sexist is probably beyond the scope of this comment, but that consideration is still necessary before judging Infinity too harshly, I think, and certainly anime & manga are arguably more appealing & accessible to women than are most other ‘geek’ pastimes. Anime & manga fans make up most of the game’s target market, and the “sexy” minis are some of their most popular.