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Wednesday, December 13, 2000
Console Games Unhealthy for Women?
3:14 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Stomped pointed us to this article on CNN which cites a California study that purports that many console titles contain "unhealthy" images and concepts which may be harmful to the self-esteem of girls and women. Citing the "distorted" depiction of women in titles such as Tomb Raider and recent best-selling console titles, they said that women had a stronger response to such role models than male players.

Here's an excerpt:

Those games which feature female characters tend to display women in an exaggerated and stereotypical manner, with 38 percent displaying significant body exposure, including cleavage, thighs and midriffs.

"In addition, 38 percent of female game characters had large breasts and 46 percent had unusually small waists," the group said in a news release announcing its findings.

Altogether, 54 percent of the female characters were depicted as fighting or being violent, while many also exhibited stereotypical female behavior and characteristics.

"The unhealthy messages that both girls and boys absorb from these new media impact the way they think girls are supposed to look and act," Salisbury said.

This is of course not a new conclusion, and will no doubt elicit yawns rather than yells from many gamers. However, the study does seem to contain some sampling flaws and other leaps of logic that don't quite add up. Do you feel that sexual and violent images of women in video games have such a negative impact, and in fact do effect the women who play these games more strongly than the men that play them? Be sure and voice your opinion in our forums.

Study: Many video games 'unhealthy' for girls

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