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A week after successfully publishing the Female Armor Bingo, I present to you its spin-off: Female Armor Rhetoric Bingo!
Female Armor BINGO (dowloadable PDF) by OzzieScribbler Female Armor Rhetoric BINGO (PDF) by OzzieScribbler

This card refers to the defenses/apologia that’s used against the critique of skimpy female warrior outfits.
I did my best to collect the most pervasive arguments used to justify bikini armors and similar costumes.

When using the bingo card, PLEASE stick to the Rules and Terms:

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Very special thanks to ami-angelwings of eschergirls fame for suggesting back in 2013 to make two bingo cards (original unpublished version was a mix of the tropes and arguments defending them).

Designed in CorelDraw by yours truly

As with the original bingo card, special thanks to the people who helped me to come up with square contents and revisions: Ami from eschergirls, Tica from @repair-her-armor, psdo of costumecommunityservice, Ryan ‘Jabberwock’ C. and my friends who didn’t want to be credited by name!

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Loanet Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Her strength comes from uncovered skin!"

You've played as Skarlet, haven't you? Apparently she's so scantily clad because she absorbs the blood of other warriors, except it's pretty much identical to Kitana's outfit who wears that shit apparently because that's just how Shao Khan has all his whores dress.
LilithDenton Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018
Hahahah, I just love it. It is so accurate.
sunflowergirl15 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017
I loved this when I first read it!

Speaking of, if a female fighter absolutely had to fight in very little armor, wouldn't it make more sense to spring for a helmet and proper torso armor to protect her vital organs? It's not like her enemies are aiming for her breasts unless they miss her heart or anything.
OzzieScribbler Featured By Owner Edited Nov 16, 2017  Professional General Artist
Yes, literally anything, including total nudity, makes for a better protection than "fantasy female armor" (read: some iteration of metal or leather bikini, applying to the laws of physics and anatomy completely optional). 
The "minimal/lightweight armor" argument makes no sense as an excuse for fighting in, say, chainmail lingerie, because, as you said, actual minimal armor would most likely consist of a helmet and a proper breastplate.
MashaOs Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016
Thank you for these brilliant cards !
MechaDeka Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow you've completely changed my way of thinking and now I will never look at boobies again, as my beta shut-in ass doing so was somehow causing women I'll never meet to suffer. In fact I may kill myself for being disgusting cis scum. What a fool was!
AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Lol. Why do you hate boobs?
Samven Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Bless this bingo and everything connected to it.
MrsHoneydew Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
Yes, bless this putrid Rhetoric card that amounts to nothing more than "if you see something that makes you feel uncomfortable, shit all over anything that may justify it."
Samven Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I thought the whole point of the card was to take the piss out of extremely weak justifications for skimpy armour, not to use as some sort of comfort shield?
Letrune Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
I want 1 and 4 being official reasons. :3
AndyofIndiana Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is the point of this Bingo that these excuses don't eliminate the sexist double standard?  I would be fine if the men and women were equally skimpy (accounting for tastefulness of course).  You know what, maybe I should give my views on sex and sex appeal.

1. While I am clearly attracted to women, I have also had the desire to bang some men.  I don't know whether this comes from actual bisexuality or if it is just the Stupid Sexy Flanders trope at work.…
2. I'm fine with women in sexy outfits as long as they're practical.  For instance, bras should have straps (preferably of the over the shoulder variety) to support the breasts.  Women's outfits should be more than one piece so that they can use the bathroom easily (if you prefer the mild modesty of one pieces, look up tankinis).
3. Exposed breasts and butts are a personal pet peeve of mine.  I could argue that I want to be blind during sex.  After all, sex is primarily about touching and feeling rather than sight.
4. I don't like women having breasts bigger than C-cup.  I don't think that the additional sexiness of D-cup or bigger breasts is worth all the back pain it causes.  However, this comic provides a potential solution.…
5. If you look in the "Sexy" folder of my favorites, you'll see a lot of girls in bikinis licking or sucking on popsicles (two men do the same).  This is what I compare my penis to because it is smaller than usual.  Thankfully, it's not tiny, it's just plain ol' smaller than usual.  I think it would at least suffice for most women.  If they wanted reciprocity in sexual innuendo, I would happily drink from two bags of milk that they hold.
6. I am an ally of the feminist movement.  I think women should have the right to choose their path in life as long as it's morally right (just like men can).  This means they can be promiscuous just as men can be chaste.  I also think sex is not inherently evil and that it's how sex is done that makes it good or evil. 

That's all I can think of right now.  If you're curious about my "Sexy" folder in my favorites, here it is.…
Zerion Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
I love these cards.
Kuzupekoyama Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
I highly agree with "Why do you care? It's just for fun." Like wtf just let people enjoy what they want. Without making a big deal out of it.  
ReyRay Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"all of her vital organs are in her boobs!"
malkrow21 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
"Female warriors don't need practical armor; they have boobs of steel!" 
Timewap Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
I really like this.

I also like the pathetic excuses people are making to keep women naked.
Oh you people never cease to entertain and disappoint me.
supervamp78 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student General Artist
So what exactly is the point of this?
JBabyLeather Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
So true!!!
3rdMillhouse Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
But art shouldn't be censored. 1st Amendment is pretty clear on that. If a dev-house wants to have overly sexualized female characters in their game, it's their right to do so.
supervamp78 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student General Artist
So if you aren't saying that we can't do it that means we can continue on and ignore this? Alright then.
wincenworks Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
supervamp78 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Is that your best shot?
wincenworks Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was simply an appropriate response on par with your comment.
supervamp78 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Of course it was, it really explains the bullshit feeling you get from this whole thing.
wincenworks Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think someone may be projecting just a tad, and may have just a few unresolved issues.

Seek help.  Seek it now.
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DeathCloud666 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Step 1 - post previous Bingo in discussion.
Step 2 - observe reactions.
Step 3 - mark results on this Bingo. 
KaylinKia Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Men aren't the only ones guilty of enjoying fictional characters with a lot more sex appeal than they need. Women do it too in the form of romance novels (especially the ones with suggestive covers) and movies. It's a part of human nature and if it appeals to the target audience, then who cares? It might make the sex that's being objectified feel bad about their images and have low self-esteem, but there's always going to be some form of something that will do that such as fashion magazines or even porn. The only reason we notice it and point it out more when it's a female character being turned into a sex object is because women are really struggling right now to be seen as more than that in society. We think that their are many men who think we are nothing but sex objects who make sandwiches. Then they play games or watch shows with suggestive and unreasonable outfits on woman that validate their beliefs. I'm not saying that there probably are men like that but there are also a lot of men who don't have these beliefs and enjoy seeing woman in this clothing. It's not going to change the way they see the person they love. It's fiction, it's not meant to be taken seriously or connected with real life and it's sad that more people don't realize it but I don't think that explicit fictional characters have a ton to do with how people perceive how the opposite sex should be. Of course, I do think it would be refreshing to see a bad ass female character for once who doesn't show off so much skin or wear a tight outfit (same for male.) I just realized, there are a lot of male superheroes and stuff that wear tight outfits that show off their abs and (ehem) "package."
I'm afraid I'm not very good at making points because my grammar sucks and a lot of my comment probably didn't make sense XD my mind is spaghetti but hopefully someone can understand the points I'm trying to make here.
Woman are guilty too
It shouldn't change men's perspectives
It certainly doesn't help woman who are trying to move forward
We notice it more because woman are struggling and men aren't
We shouldn't get angry at people for creating these characters or get angry at guys for enjoying them
Men don't enjoy romance novels with guys who don't wear a shirt half the time so why should we complain about games where you can see most of the girls boobs? You never hear guys make a big deal about the type of fiction that girls enjoy.
Fernosaur Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I understand with what you're trying to say, and even though I believe you don't really make a very focused point, I can more or less agree with you in much but one big thing:

You say that fiction is not meant to be taken seriously or connected with real life, but you couldn't be farther from the truth. Fiction and media in general have an immense amount of power, both positive and negative. It influences the mind of not only children, but also adults. Fiction offers views of worlds that are usually extraneous to us, yes, but that is exactly why it holds so much power. 

I'm going to use a very silly example to explain this further. Imagine that you lived in a world in which llamas were super popular in fiction. However, every representation of llamas in fiction says that they can run pretty fucking fast. Like, insane fast. You grow up with these ideas, so thanks to mental reinforcement and because you don't really take enough time to investigate about llamas, the "normality" of these animals for you is that they're fucking fast. Then, you happen to go down to Peru, where llamas live, and you realize they actually aren't super fast. You might think "well, duh, of course they're not," but at first your mind will take these not-actually-fast llamas as exceptions to the rule your mind had constructed. That is the power media has on people who don't see much beyond their own world, which, let's be honest, very few people do. We assume this false knowledge to be true because we don't have any other kind of input about certain topics, and that's what happens to a lot of women and people from minority backgrounds, whether it's racial, religious, sexual, etc.

Of course, breaking the stereotypes and misconceptions fiction has on people's ideas is possible. If it wasn't, we wouldn't be here discussing this subject, and the power of media can be applied both for bad and good. A real life example are sharks. If you think "shark" you think of a pretty fucking dangerous animal that eats everything and if you see one you'll die. This is thanks to movies, series, documentaries, etc reinforcing this idea over and over. However the human death toll caused by sharks is less than people getting killed by vending machines. In a more positive example, it has been shown by studies that a lot of people in the US are more open to the idea of homosexual marriage than 10 or 20 years ago. This is in great measure because there have been more positive homosexual characters in TV series and in news media coverage. This positive representation makes people think "oh maybe they're not that bad," and thus homophobia has been widely reduced in certain parts of the country in only a decade.

The problem with this kind of representation of women, specially in videogames, which are a BIG point of mediatic interest right now, is that they are reinforcing very old and misogynist values time and time again.
KaylinKia Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Referring to your llama scenario, women don't live in just one country... you see both men and women every day; normal people who don't resemble fictional characters (the majority of the time.) So, in my opinion, that is a moot point. I agree with your last point that these representations are a reinforcement on old values. That makes sense, but typically, people are able to decipher between reality and fiction without having that 'a-ha moment' that you spoke of because people see the reality of things every day. That's why it's called fiction. It's not real and adults know that (especially with all the attention this stuff has been getting lately.) Children start to decipher fact from fiction by the time they're 8? I believe that's about when, so they aren't a factor in this either. People don't even begin to understand sexual references until they're about 10 and, at that point, they already know what's true and what isn't.
I think my new point is that sexualized fictional characters aren't to blame. The people who use that as an excuse for why women are sexualized are the ones to blame. An adult can tell the difference and should know better. If they don't, then it's their fault, not the medias'. I feel like all of the people who are against it want sexualized characters to be wiped out... which is something that will never happen because this is reality.  We can't get rid of all of the imperfections in our media. We can, however, educate people who don't understand the difference between what's on T.V. and in games and what is really there. I wouldn't treat it like a horrible demon flaw in our culture. It's more like a way to weed out all the idiots who hold these ridiculous expectations for women. You act like all men are stupid jerks who take they're fictional female characters too seriously.
Fernosaur Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's not that we cannot differentiate fiction from reality. It's just that fiction often reinforces subtle values time and time and time again. I 100% agree with you that what we must do is educate the people, but you have to use the media to do that, because that's what people have the most access to. You don't need to make a TV show a documentary or a videogame a school tool in order for it to help educate people, you just need to revolutionize values and portrayals.

Representation in media is very, very important. Ask the people who watched Star Trek back in the 70's. Seeing Uhura, a black smart and empowered woman, starring in a TV show back then was incredible. You could google Whoopie Goldberg's thought on that and the impact it had on her as a child. I'll never say that sexualization of women (or men) should be wiped out, because, hell, I enjoy my erotica from time to time too. You just need to 1) make it equal [Kill La Kill does a pretty good job on that], and 2) make it classy, and for the love of all that is holy, don't make it the norm.
Kuzupekoyama Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
AthenaCykes Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful. I'm bringing this to ever convention I go to. ^^
Fragrach Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Thank you very much for this great game and it's spinn-off!^^
I'll probably play it on the next large larp I visit. XD
chloe-deviant Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
You are my idol :heart:
OzzieScribbler Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you :) I feel like lately I'm in desperate need for such nice messages TuT Tight Hug 
chloe-deviant Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
I thought that might be the case! It's always a double-edged sword when you make something that gets so popular: you get a lot of support, but also a lot of hate. I wanted to help add to the supportive messages so we can drown out the negative ones :) Take care of yourself, and take a break from the comments if they get you down too much.
Kohou Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's funny that I couldn't tell you were paraphrasing me until the very last quote.

If you're going to try to make points against what I said, try actually using what I said instead of just paraphrasing things to your advantage.  Nothing you've said he addresses anything I said.
OzzieScribbler Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
:iconthisplz: PREACH!
BaselessConclusion Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
This needs "get back in the kitchen" in it. You can get rid of either "She's so badass..." or "She's undestructible..." since they are pretty much the same reasoning.

This could also use "Women today usually dress in tighter clothes than men so:…
Deal with it, skank."
dreameroftheblue Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I literally gagged while reading this, having seen/heard all these arguments before 

whispery-mist Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You deserve a round of applause. :iconclapplz:
Kohou Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I mean... I get where you're coming from with functionality > random aesthetic, but doesn't this apply to a lot more than just armor designs?

If you want to look at it from a logical perspective, most woman weren't fighting at all.  A set of armor for a woman was extremely rare.  When I see comics whose main audiences are basically horny kids/men, I don't see a reason to complain.  If I see something that's meant to be a more broad demographic, or something that's meant to be more historically accurate or practical it comes to mind that it's stupid, but again it's up to the people creating it.  Artistic freedom and whatnot.  It's no different than spaceships designed with no way to get into the cockpit, robots that couldn't possibly stand upright with their center of balance, or even men/women with waists drawn too thin for any actual organ system to exist.

Appeal is appeal, whether it's skimpy clothes that show off the figure, or awesome battle armor that looks like they're wearing a car and a half.  It shouldn't be about functionality, it should be the artist deciding what kind of character they want to make.  (That being said, the 'sexy warrior-woman in a fur thong has been done to death, along with all its variants.)

This is a perfect example of someone pressing something that doesn't need to be pressed simply because it's there.  It's not some controversial issue.

First world problems will never cease to amaze me.
KaiJP Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I agree with you on that. 

Character art can be used for expression or simulation. If you wan't credibility and praticality, then all the argument aboves are wrong and cheap, but if you're going for style, then they're just there to help with suspension of disbelief-- like a quick justification to keep on enjoying the exagerated visuals.

Those who design accurate/logical armors for their female character are not doing a better job, they're doing something else entirely with the medium. It's not like they didn't know their design makes no actual sense from a practical perspective...   
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