Lara Croft's Makeover Looks Sexist
Creators get lazy, add rape attempt to her back story: Mary Hamilton
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2012 1:36 PM CDT
Lara Croft is getting a deeper back story, one at least one columnist thinks it's sexist.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – The creators of Lara Croft have tried to add some depth to their character's back story for an upcoming game reboot, and Mary Hamilton at the Guardian is among many crying foul. For one thing, Lara is subjected to a beating and attempted rape, the latter generally a "lazy shorthand that allows a writer to paint a bad guy as particularly bad, and a woman as particularly vulnerable." It's a shame, writes Hamilton, because Lara—despite her gravity-defying bosom—has evolved into an interesting, tough female character and the new story line demeans her. She needs this history to explain her actions?

One executive producer explains that game designers want players to "root for her in a way that you might not root for a male character." They want players to protect Lara, instead of just playing the game via her avatar. "It's hard to see that as anything other than a sexist approach, an assumption that men can't lose themselves in stories with female protagonists and/or that female gamers simply don't exist," writes Hamilton. Adds Tom Mendelsohn at the Independent: "This is weak storytelling; women, being people too, can have their personalities and motivations shaped through avenues other than their genitals."

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Aug 5, 2012 9:56 PM CDT
There is no winning with feminists! Show a woman in a strong dominant role and one bad thing happens to her and they go insane. Ita political correctness all over again.
Jun 16, 2012 8:14 AM CDT
OK, so this is clumsy, but is it really sexist? I don't know that it is, or at least if it is, it's more a reflection of societies values than an attempt to demean one gender at the expense of an other. Art reflects societies values - this kind of attack comes close to censorship in my opinion that will lead to "safe" and "bland" characterizations of both genders.
Jun 16, 2012 8:14 AM CDT
They are taking Lara Croft from the very beginning and showing a side of lara that hasn't been seen before and true to her character and motivations. Fuck these assholes who don't even play video games and criticize something they don't even play.