Hello all! Recently there was a thread
on the feedback forums that brought up the sexualization of female DotA characters. (It was mainly about having pretty boys added to DotA, but that's a different discussion for a different time.)
The thread ended up getting closed because there are "hero model feedback sections," but those are all for specific heroes instead of heroes and their models in general. I'd like to discuss how the DotA 2 females are often over sexualized when it is unnecessary. The female character where it makes the most sense is Queen of Pain. Queen of Pain's sexual appeal is actually undermined by other female characters - making her less shocking and more "oh, another half-naked female character."
I'll list all the female humanoid heroes currently in DotA 2, and describe what I'm talking about:
All the humanoid females are currently attractive young women. The heroes above are also sexualized to
some extent. A common theme some of these heroes share is what I have dubbed "push-up armor."
It makes sense for some of these heroes to be showing their bosoms off - Queen of Pain especially. But what about Vengeful Spirit, who happens to be the angry energy of a princess? What about Death Prophet? Shouldn't she be an ugly, old hag? "Templar" Assassin? Shouldn't she be modest? Many of these heroes have been sexualized for no relevant reason to their lore.
What I'd like to see more of:
These heroes are still attractive and young, but they are either covering their chest (Luna and PA) or have a relatively small chest (Enchantress and PA). PA is especially refreshing as not only is she completely covering her chest but she also has a small bosom.
The male humanoid heroes have much more variation. There are fat heroes, old heroes, butt-ugly heroes, etc.
I'd like to start a constructive discussion about this issue. What can Valve do with the upcoming female heroes to make them less sexualized and more interesting? I don't think Valve should change the existing female character models, but I would like to see more variety. Why can't a new character be an old lady? A middle aged lady? A Brienne of Tarth? Please, discuss this with me!
(verb) to make sexual : endow with a sexual character or quality
(adjective) advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.
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