You Are Not Our Audience Pt. 3: Catwoman
So it’s been announced that Catwoman is a playable character in Batman: Arkham City. On one hand, this is an awesome thing for us lady-gamers. It’s always nice to have the opportunity to play a strong, powerful female character in a video game. On the other hand, she’s portrayed like this:
Skip to the :40 second mark for her appearance.
It starts off okay, Catwoman flips into view and flirts with the Bat, like ya do. But when she’s left to fight the bad guys alone, it all goes downhill.
The first shot of her walking into battle shows her high heeled shoes. Every time I see a heroine in high heeled shoes a little part of me dies. But fine, it’s Catwoman. She likes to be sexy, she has her suit zipped halfway down, I can let that slide as being part of her character. But the next shot is ass.
Sigh. Fine. Again, she’s a sex pot, I can let the multiple gratuitous shots of her ass slide. There’s three in under a minute, and in one instance it’s a split screen of two asses side by side. But I can honestly forgive that. And then this happens.
Aaaand things start to get ridiculous. She slides under a tanker truck arching her back and thrusting up her boobs. It has become abundantly clear that this Catwoman is a character for the male gaze, not the genderless gamer. The only reason that truck is placed there is so that she can slide under it and strike this pose for FOUR shots.
She kicks ass in a pretty awesome way for the next few seconds, starting to redeem herself as a strong, powerful woman, until she KISSES ONE OF THE THUGS.
She also moans while she does it. And I’m sorry, but what the fuck is this?
That is one of her attack moves in the trailer. The “Death by Vulva” attack. I didn’t play Arkham Asylum, so maybe Batman had a similar “Death by Taint” move, I don’t know. Sweet Jesus.
Look… I know that Catwoman is a sexy woman. I get that. It’s part of her character that she’s sexual and she enjoys being that way. But there is a huge difference between being sexual and being objectified. Much of her montage is body parts. It appears that most of her fighting moves are designed to twist her body into sexual positions. She is not putting herself on display for the thugs and making out with them for her own enjoyment because that makes no goddamn sense. She is completely fetishised here, using sex as her weapon. Her sexuality is not her own in this trailer, it’s free for anyone else to use, random thugs included.
Could you see Batman or any other male fighter using any of these moves or putting himself into any of these positions during combat? No? Exactly.