"Gamers get hella uncomfortable over male sexuality too. Can you imagine a “good male character who just happens to be wearing sexually exploitative outfits because he’s ok with his masculinity?” Constantly has the camera pan lovingly over his asscrack and firm glutes, and big ole dangly ballsack that is totes sweaty from all this MMA and soldiering. Time to hit the showers, and do you, personally, think it’s ok to have a long slow pan up the dude’s package (indiscreetly hidden in a jock of course), to his chiseled physique and erect nipples (pierced). He’s not even a Bond-esque confident man, he’s basically a weird Bowie caricature that’s constantly having near-dickslips in every single cinematic as the completely nonsexualized female characters do their business of being gruff and shooting dudes and advancing the plot. Finally, at the end he falls in love (out of nowhere) and/or is killed by the big baddie."
a forum post I read recently, trying to give a solid example of what ‘male objectification in gaming ’ would actually look like if it was anything equivalent to current female objectification in gaming.
Male objectification in gaming does exist, and guys complain about it all the time. Look at all the complaints over androgynous guys in JRPGs. The only difference is that it isn’t called “male objectification”, and that there is a clear and massive movement to keep it out of games.
I always wonder why people don’t mention characters like Vaan in these discussions. That’s something guys understand. Guys like Duke Nukem aren’t manipulative one-dimensional caricatures, they’re power fantasies. That’s why people like them. Whenever guy versions of sex-props come up, though (like Edward from Twilight), everyone is quick to bitch.