Imagine if four female cosplayers were photographed in costumes that were essentially underwear at PAX East. Jessica Nigri was wearing more when she was the subject of a scandal.
Not only is Jessica more covered in both these images than the men in question, but she’s obviously put more time, more care, and more conscious thought into her costumes. They fit better, and she’s better groomed. But she’s considered lewd, while the guys are considered “fun” or “silly”.
This double standard — that men are allowed to be “harmlessly” nearly naked — and women aren’t? THAT IS SEXISM IN THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY.
Note that the dude on the right is dangerously close to a testicular wardrobe malfunction.
I have no issue with the top photo on its own. But I am bothered by the fact that female gamers can’t have this sort of fun without risking the wrath of the internet descending on them.
We need the same standards for men and women in all things in gaming. Period. PAX East just failed the He-Man and She-Ra test.