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SYAC - Be Quiet by TomPreston SYAC - Be Quiet by TomPreston
Copyright 2013 Andrew Dobson
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I keep getting asked why I keep focusing so much on women's rights in comics. Well, here's a prime reason for why I keep talking about it.... because crap like this KEEPS HAPPENING.

This... is Quiet. She’s a character made for an upcoming Metal Gear Solid video game, and the creator has come out proudly proclaiming that they intentionally designed her outfit this impractically just to sell sexy figurines. This is a case study of everything wrong with female character design in gaming, how they are objectified first and foremost, and how little respect the creators have for their audience. She isn't dressed this way to reveal anything about her character, she's dressed this way to sell merchandise. She is designed specifically as pandering T&A first and foremost. She is an object for male gaze and attention. She is intentional eye candy for a presumed male audience. Any character development or interesting personalty will be a garnish at best. NOTHING can justify this ludicrously impractical outfit outside dollar signs.

Ya want me to stop talking about women's rights in nerd culture? Stop letting sexist crap like this continue to perpetuate.

On the plus side, at least the creators are being HONEST about their intents...

EDIT: Wow... so uh.. I was not expecting THIS much blacklash over this comic. Yikes. Since there are so many points that need to be addressed and so many sources to include and what-not, I've conveniently made a journal explaining things a bit bitter rather than trying to fill up my description box with 18 pages of text. So if you're curious to learn more, go here: tompreston.deviantart.com/jour…
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:iconjajamola88:
Jajamola88 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconhellajeffplz: I TOLD YOU BRO
IT KEEPS HAPPENING
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DazedDaisiesO-o Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:facepalm: u gotta be frickin kidding me...
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MasterTDrakkhen Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student General Artist
 "Stop letting sexist crap like this continue to perpetuate." Like it's all our fault and we could just magic everything away if we REALLY wanted to.
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QueenZora Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciate that you do keep pointing out, and pointing out and pointing out some more that not only is this kind of sexist and misogynistic crap still being promoted in the gaming and comic industries and culture, it's considered "normal"- expected even!

This female nerd/geek/gamer/comic collector/&c. THANKS YOU.
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Corpstine Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Ditto!
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daffyneko Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU !
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tbonegirl28 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student General Artist
It's fine if a character dresses skimpy, but make sure it's in the right setting. I don't care if she goes to the pub nude. Just make sure when it's ass kicking time, or business time she's got her puppies packed away and her body is protected. 
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NormalCool Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
uhh Dobson haven't you made inflation and fetish drawings???  kinda hypocritical dude.
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Kalmazett Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
I don't see what's wrong with drawing a fetish (but no clue about what is inflation though).
But i think it was years ago (correct me if I'm wrong) and people learn, change and form opinions. I wouldn't call, lets say the maker of Tera, hypocrites when they suddenly make a 180 turn and make realistic and armor that really protects the character instead of the skimpy outfits they give them now and try to tell other company's to do the same, because they saw how silly /stupid (w/e you wanna call it) they dressed them up before.
The reason why we put people in prison and rehab and hope they change.

(No I have nothing against Tera. Its one of the few games that actually tries to dress both genders the same way. it was just the first game that came up to my mind)
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franz888 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Remember when Raiden run around naked in Arsenal Gear?, remember the date between BB and Miller?, remember all those jokes about Snake being gay for Otacon?, remember Volgin? remember doing mission wearing a speedo in PW?
Oh yeah, he never played any Metal Gears, holy shit Preston at least do your research.
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