Anita Sarkeesian vs Rise Kujikawa: or (Why Modern ‘Feminism’ Misses the Point)
I’ll start this off by saying that I am not against feminism in any way… or at least real feminism. I am however, against blatant agenda pushing and the misuse of a term that is meant to signify equality.
This is a really dumb tweet.
Let’s dissect it.
A quick analysis tells me a few things:
- Anita Sarkeesian has clearly never played Persona 4
- Anita Sarkeesian is judging this character purely by her looks
- Anita Sarkeesian has absolutely no clue what she is talking about
The character on the press badge is Rise Kujikawa, one of the main characters of the video game Persona 4. Rise, is a 15 year old former Japanese idol who has starred in films, television series, and commercials. Oh, and she’s also a pop star.
Now surely its not too hard to imagine that a pop star would be dressed that way, right? Especially when considering that this is all an advertisement for a DANCING game.
“We idols aren’t just dolls to be gawked at! – You just can’t connect with anyone unless you let them in to see the real you!” - Rise Kujikawa
Rise’s entire character arc throughout Persona 4 revolves around her realization that she is much more than Risette (her idol name).
She gives up all fame and fortune because she is tired of being a sex object and wants to be respected.
Near the end of her arc, Rise also realizes that there is a part of her that wants to be Risette, and that is perfectly okay.
Rise is perhaps one of the most well written female characters in video game history and to judge her at face value is to spit in the face of all that feminism stands for.
True feminism is about empowering woman, telling them that they can do anything they want regardless of what society says. Not slut-shaming a fictional character because she has a bit of her midriff showing.