The Female Body

Posted: November 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

Beauty can be defined as this

the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit

This definition does not specify what is beautiful. It does not say, “Tall, slender woman with big boobs and a shapely butt.” Yet, this is the standard that has been created to brings “pleasure to the senses.” This proves that this stereotyped form of beauty is constructed.

Stuart Hall’s “constructionist approach” in his theories of representations states

Things don’t mean: we construct meaning, using representational systems–concepts and signs

Miranda From Mass Effect 2

Video game producers use the constructivist approach to create  an overall definition and standard of beauty.

It’s common knowledge that women who play a main or side role in video games are deemed “attractive”. They are the unattainable women that can only achieve perfection through the virtual realm. This can be seen with Lara Croft or Miranda from Mass Effect 2, women who have  overemphasized hour-glass figures. At the same time, these women are able to wield guns and kick butt.

These stereotypes are carried throughout all types of media. Women who are beautiful have a certain body shape, look and capabilities. However, it’s important to realize that this surreal “beauty” that video game women possessed is simply constructed.


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