At E3 we have the official announcement of Metal Gear Solid V, and among them is one of the main female characters, named "Quiet". Kojima himself describes the character as a strong and silent type, a personality trope that thus far has been the territory of male characters. I think it's great that he wants to explore that...there is just one problem...take a moment and guess, feel free to use the below gif.
|1980's era Ghille Suit Prototype|
What Hideo doesn't get, is that instead of creating a "strong, silent" character, he has created a "silent, sexy" character, which unfortunately harkens back to phrases like "Women should be seen, not heard," and damaging inferences that a sexy woman is a silent one. If he wants to do "strong, silent" give her some freaking clothes or armor. I'm not about to suggest she don a burqa, but there is a reason people in Afganistan tend to cover up...that sun ain't friendly.
|Perfect makeup and hair too! Sorry, nothing here says "grizzled", and those backpack straps would chaff to hell...|
It's especially notable when the rest of the characters the video introduces usually have the camera focused on their face, and their pose is more characteristic of their personality...Ocelot waves dismissively, Boss looks like Boss...with Quiet, the camera focuses on her body and silence.
So while I admire him wanting to help women into tropes that men have previously dominated, I think Hideo needs to be wise to other tropes he might be pushing them towards. A trope does not exist in a vacuum. This could still be fantastic, just avoid making her a "Sexy soldier" while also making her "Silent" and you avoid the "Seen, not heard" inference.
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