The infamous Victoria’s Secret catalogue question has been making its rounds on the blogosphere, and I am jumping on the bandwagon. The entire Open Q&A session text can be found here.
I love what you guys have done with WoW, I love that there’s a lot of strong female chars, though I wonder if we can have some that didnt look like they came out of a Victoria’s Secrets catalogue?
Which catalogue would you like them step out of then? We feel ya, we want to vary our female chars more in the future. So yeah we’ll pick different catalogues.
This got me thinking about the female role models in WoW, and what they are wearing. The following are only those currently appearing in game.
Alexstrasza – yep, skimplily clad
Sylvanas Windrunner – also skimpily clad
Jaina Proudmoore – belly showing, but well covered
Vareesa Windrunner – suitable armor, not skimpy at all
Tyrande – tasteful robes suitable to a priestess
Greatmother Geyah – tasteful robes suitable to an elder
Shandris Feathermoon – armor suitable to a Sentinel
Magatha Grimtotem – very low cut
Lady Liadrin – armor suitable to a paladin
High Priestess Ishanah – belly showing, but well covered
Moira Thaurissan (aka Bronzebeard) – very scantily clad
The Black Bride – suitable armor
Of these twelve, I consider four of them to be unreasonably skimpy, 2 of them show belly but are otherwise acceptable, and 6 of them are well armored or geared for their class/race. Really, women are outraged over 1/3 of the NPCs in the world dressing a little naughty?
Now, let’s take a look at what we are wearing as players.
Tier 7 (Naxxramas):
Tier 8 (Ulduar):
Tier 9 (Trial of the Crusader):
Tier 10 (Ice Crown Citadel):
Although I did struggle to find screenshots of every set on female models I did find a majority of them. The trend this expansion has been very covered up. If anything is showing, it’s a little bit of belly. I haven’t seen anything low cut this expansion at all.
I am a woman, and I like my characters in a fantasy game to be scantily clad. I give my characters naughty roleplay or city walking outfits because I think it looks cool and I like it (see here). I like looking at it. I don’t know what that says about me or my own self image or whatever, and I don’t care. I like to look good, and I wasn’t impressed by the tier gear this expansion.
I find it frustrating that the questioner at Blizzcon (who I assume was female) did not do thorough research before asking such an inane question of the panel. I’d be more interested to hear they are putting Jaina in a more proud position lore-wise and making her less of a spineless, sniveling crybaby, than that they cover her belly up.
After hearing this questioner and the outcry from many women throughout the blogosphere, my fear is that the gear in Cataclysm is going to have us wearing boxes. Afterall, how much more covered up can we get?