Sexualized Saturdays: If It Looks Like a Duck, and Quacks Like a Duck, Is It Stereotyping to Call It a Duck?

(via inverse)

(via inverse)

Cheers, love! The cavalry’s queer!

If you haven’t already heard, Blizzard Entertainment revealed to the world last month in their holiday comic Reflections that Lena “Tracer” Oxton, the mascot character for its acclaimed multiplayer game Overwatch, was a lesbian. Given how omnipresent she is in the game’s marketing, it was awesome to see this first step for queer representation within the game’s universe.

Within the statement that followed the comic’s release, in which they clarified that Tracer’s particular flavor of LGBTQ-ness was the L, Blizzard also confirmed that Tracer would not be the only character in Overwatch who identified somewhere within the alphabet soup of non-hetero sexualities. This, of course, led to immediate speculation about who else in Overwatch was queer.

My guess? All of them. We flock together. It is known. (via visitantlit)

My guess? All of them. We flock together. It is known. (via visitantlit)

In these discussions, Aleksandra “Zarya” Zaryanova is a frequently heard name. Indeed, Zarya’s bulky build, pink hair, and overall aesthetic seem to fit the common idea of what a butch lesbian looks like. That, however, is exactly where the discussion becomes tricky.

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Gamer Complaints Reach the “Bottom” of the Barrel

Video games and their community seem to be going through some sort of phase that leaves me asking “can’t we have one week without some bullshit?” more often than I’d like. And of course, the week we take off turned out to be the week where bullshit piled up. Last week, the community exploded, for better or worse, over a butt, and I have to wonder if people are just getting mad when someone questions the status quo for no reason other than to get mad about something.

Overwatch Roster

Blizzard’s newest MOBA-style game Overwatch has been garnering a huge fandom, and though I haven’t played the game myself, it seems well deserved. Its graphics are beautiful, the mechanics seem tight, and as far as the characters go, the game is pretty inclusive. (If it’s like any other MOBA, I would guess that they’ll continue to patch in more characters who add to this diversity.) One area where Overwatch’s characters really shine is in the diversity of its ladies. From the buff Zarya to the chubby Mei, Overwatch is attempting to send an implicit message that everyone can be a badass if they want to be, which is great. An even greater feat is that many of these women characters aren’t sexualized—and this is where this outrage bubbled up from.

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