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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2011-07-04 04:53:55

Happy Independence Day!

Celebrate the 4th of July by exercising your right to express yourself via whichever fictional hottie floats your boat.

There have only been a handful of strong female lead characters in video games. In Lara Croft's case, her exceptional courage and tenacity were always undermined by her enormous zoomazooms and her short shorts. Any effort to present her character and abilities paled in comparison to her hyper-sexualized physical assets, gracefully leaping and stretching through the scenery.

And I'm absolutely okay with that. I love me some Lara Croft and I'm diggin' the whole Tomb Raider Begins vibe of her upcoming game. But now that young Lara has no idea what she's doing, she takes a beating. It's hard to look at. Toss in the pained moaning, and the whole experience teeters uncomfortably on the precipice of fetishist misogyny. It's one thing to enjoy watching Bruce Willis or Jason Statham on the wrong end of brutal shit kickings, but it's tough to see a female action hero endure the same. Or is THAT the sexist outlook?

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