Two isms, one post
Last week, a friend of mine accused me of "pulling the black card".

We were talking about Lindsay Lohan, a woman who I personally despise for her apparent immunity to the criminal consequences of her actions. I've pretty much lost count of the number of things she's been arrested for by now, which include everything from DUIs to hit-and-runs to grand larceny to even tax evasion. For all that, the girl has served a grand total of a few days of jail time. I mentioned (in a bit of an unexpectedly angry rant) that had the same crimes all been committed by a black man instead of a rich white girl, the man wouldn't be seeing another sunrise.

People who know me well know that I'm one of the last people to cry racism for any particular situation. Hell, I've even claimed that the frequent use of the N-word by internet bad-asses isn't really racism. I tend to embrace most racial stereotypes as a big joke. So what if I like fried chicken and Kool-Aid? That shit's good, man.

That said, there is still one major segment of our society where racism is alive and well, that being the criminal justice system. Hell, they even have a specific name for it: racial profiling. Go ahead and look up the official definition on Wikipedia or something if you want, but I'll give you the cliff notes--if you're black, latino, or Arab, you're gonna find yourself under the scrutiny of the law more often, and given harsher sentences because of your race's propensity for criminal activity.

When you've been a personal witness to the extra attention from security while walking through a department store or driving through the "wrong" neighborhood at night, it's hard not to feel like the deck of the law is stacked against you. When facing those odds, I need every card I have, and the so-called black card seems like a perfectly reasonable play. Don't judge me.

In other news, the gaming contingent of the world is once again crying foul over sexism. Check out this teaser video of Atlus's upcoming action RPG Dragon's Crown (may be NSFW):

This is obviously marketing boobs to cater to a young adult male audience in a primal way; sex sells, we all know this. Some women will also find the portrayal offensive or unattractive. Just about everyone will mention that we need better portrayals of women in games, preferably something more realistic and as less of a sex object. I agree with them. The thing is, we already have a bunch of "leading ladies" in gaming. Some examples are Samus Aran, Chell from Portal, female Shepard from Mass Effect, Lara Croft, Faith from Mirror's Edge, Alyx Vance from Half-Life 2, and more that I've probably forgotten about. The question is, since we have an increasing number of games like Mirror's Edge, does that mean that cleavage exhibitions like Dragon's Crown should no longer exist?

You'll notice that in most other forms of media, you'll find different content for different audiences happily coexisting with each other. It's okay to have a True Grit as well as a Project X. It's okay to have Game of Thrones as well as The West Wing. It's okay to find The Hunger Games in one part of a bookstore (or e-book store) and Fifty Shades of Gray in another part. It's okay for books, movies, and television to appeal to different segments of the population. So why do we seem so stuck in this idea that every game has to appeal to every gamer? It's a healthy sign that the gaming market is growing enough that they can target different portions of a larger audience. More content for more gamers is always good, and more options within that content is better. If Dragon's Crown isn't aesthetically your thing, that's cool. You have other options.

That doesn't mean you have to take away my boobs, dammit. I happen to enjoy well-animated cleavage, and I'm not going to stop enjoying it because you don't like seeing it.
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