#and it [femshep] somehow happened by them not focusing on writing A Female Character bc shepard had to be unisex it’s so messed up #and then the few times they did focus on making A Female Character we get… that dress……. (via greytune)
grey u never fail to provide me with excellent tags. but seriously, that’s the thing about femshep that made her good! i talked about this exact concept with hoagie last night!!
bioware succeeded in writing one of the most powerful female characters of all time BY WRITING A MALE CHARACTER.
femshep, for the most part, was completely unhindered by the male gaze and sexist stereotypes. she was badass, she talked shit, she did the right thing– or the wrong thing, depending on your temper– and she was a completely realistic soldier. from the way she walked and fought to the way she talked, she was written just as respectfully and thoroughly as a male character.
and it was sort of an accident! they didnt put much effort into changing her character from malesheps because they didn’t expect her to become that popular! and in the process they literally wrote one of the most realistic and inspirational female characters i’ve ever seen.