Sexy women in the video game industry make better role modelsPosted: June 5, 2010
Naming the most public female representatives of geek (or “nerd”, what ever word you prefer) culture is easy: Olivia Munn from G4TV’s “Attack of the Show“, Jessica Chobot from IGN, and Felicia Day from The Guild. All three ladies are excellent in pandering to their horny male fan base, and each of these ladies can attribute their success on their attractiveness (yes, they are smart too, but we’ll get to that later). If you’ve got it, flaunt it right?
Olivia Munn had a few bit parts as an actress in various TV shows before she was signed on to “Attack of the Show” , and her “tasteful” appearance in Play Boy, combined with her dressing up as slave Leia, cemented her status as one of the hottest geeky girls. Munn has admitted video games are her weak point, but no one has called her a faker yet, and she hasn’t received any backlash for it (unlike former youtube sensation ultraneko). Munn just tried out for The Daily Show, did an excellent job, and judging by her performance she is also bilingual, so that makes her a favorite in my book.
Jessica Chobot’s rise to fame is based exclusively on a picture of her licking a PSP. The picture made the rounds on the internet, and Jessica Chobot was hired by IGN to be their female host for their web-based “IGN Daily Fix“. I want to dislike her, because licking a gaming console is so easy, but Jessica Chobot likes manga and anime, plays PC games with a headset, writes on the show she hosts, and a recent tweet reveals she likes Mark Twain, so all is forgiven, Jessica.
Felicia Day has been around as an actress for years now (was even in Buffy the Vampire Slayer!), but every gamer now knows who she is based off of The Guild‘s 9-million-plus-hits musical video “Do You Wanna Date My Avatar”. Felicia Day is also a writer, so again, her prancing around in a skimpy outfit doesn’t bother me in the slightest.
But Fruzsi, these ladies used their sex appeal to get famous! Shouldn’t you, as a feminist (or Humanist, because “feminism” is now a tainted, dirty word), get angry over this? Well, these three women make better role models for young girls than say, every model out there, or every Hollywood actress that didn’t go to college and takes vapid roles (*cough* Megan Fox *cough* I kid! She was believable in “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People“).
First and foremost, each of the women listed above have proven their intelligence, as their jobs require them to be intelligent. These ladies are not just pretty faces, thankfully.
Second, these ladies are OLD when you compare them to the rest of the industry. Felicia Day is thirty years old. Jessica Chobot is thirty three years old. Olivia Munn is going to turn thirty next month. If you are 21 years old, you are considered too old to be a model, unless you are already a big name star like Heidi Klum. My short modeling career (runway) happened when I was 14, which wasn’t abnormal (I left because the industry was too sexual, but I am a freak like that, a decision I somewhat regret today).
Third, these ladies look fit, and therefore endorse a more positive body image for females. Each of the listed females actually look like they can do some damage. If Olivia Munn wanted to fight off an attacker, save her pet from a burning building, or lift a package that weighed more than 20 pounds, she could. Olivia Munn looks more like a superhero than most females in the entertainment industry (not as much as Super Obama Girl though, I believe her kicks could knock opponents out). Felicia Day and Jessica Chobot both look like capable humans, not like the average anorexic looking twigs that comprise most of the entertainment industry. There is also no danger of these three women committing suicide any time soon.
I can wax and wane about how a woman’s intelligence should be enough to get her noticed, but we don’t live in a perfect world so I’m not going to go there – that is well trodden territory. For you ladies out there looking for some female video game representatives that don’t use their sex appeal, Leigh Alexander is an excellent video game columnist and Kristen Perez of Game Meets Girl is quirky and fun. The recently created d20 girls, a project that stresses the use of real female gamers that come in all shapes and sizes, is also refreshing and worth checking out/getting involved with.