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Journal Entry: Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:00 PM
I'll never understand why hardcore fighters are regularly depicted wearing high heels.
For a moment, humor me. Find a pair of 6 inch stilhettos.
Now. Lift your foot and kick as hard as you can and see what happens.
Sure you have no balance so you probably fell on your ass, broke the heel and your ankle. These fighters are trained says you!
Look up the laws of kinetic friction, and momentum and pressure and GODDAMN COMMON SENSE.
I don't see why it's expected of these characters to even walk around for more than half an hour in those torture stilts, let alone do acrobatics that 97% of the population can't even do ALL WHILE WEARING THEM.
It doesn't matter how wide you make the heel, it doesn't make it easier to do gravity defying stunts in or make it much more comfortable. Maybe they're okay to stand in for 45 minutes rather than 30.
Everytime I see a movie with some femme fatale in Catwoman like stilhettos, I facepalm. If you watch, the stuntperson always has flat boots on because they're normal and can't do that shit without. Flat. Heels.
I'm not actually specifying a gender on this one because I've recently seen several male action types wearing stilhettos as well which just confuses me. Men, you're free of this shit, why the hell start bringing it on yourselves?!
JAPAN. WHAT ARE YOU DOING. JAPAN. STAAAAHP!!!

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:iconjamaicancrocodile:
jamaicancrocodile Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Writer
that goes along with the universal law of having skimpy outfits in the middle of war and/or fight. you CANNOT protect yourself if you are wearing half of a cotton tanktop (bosoms hanging out) one shoulder cuff and an arm brace. unless you are superhuman (which most arent') it doesn't make sense. thus, these coalate with your high heel theory

and on high heels: you're right, it doesn't matter the thickness of the heel. it is the amount of slope you have. if you have six inch stilettos that make your feet look like jessica rabbit's then you won't be able to wear those things for more than 15-20 at the most.
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AlishmcMalish Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly. all of that frustrates the crap out of me and I can't stand that there's nothing that can really be done about it.
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jamaicancrocodile Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Writer
if nothing else, it gives us something to complain about i guess. i mean, i walked around the mall the other day in heels and thought i would absolutely die. i was really thinking: how do those characters in stilettos run aftr people and kick their asses? i can't even walk around for an hour
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Farenheit-451 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I severely disagree with BabylonSabby, it is as easy to create a strong, female character as it is to create a strong, male character. Why would it be more difficult? We are all just human, treat a woman like a human, someone interesting and complex, with a history that has shaped her, and you'll have a strong, relatable character.

The media insists on portraying 'strong' woman as tits and ass who can kick butt as the 'ideal' strong woman, but physical strength and agility are just part of being strong, not the whole kit and caboodle. Killing machines aren't very interesting, its thoughts and emotions and actions based off of them that makes people interesting. So many movies (and other mediums) have kick ass women taking direction from a man, not their own desires, that is a problem as well.

But anyway, treating a woman like a person who has their own thoughts in their head (besides, "Look at me, I'm hot and can kick a bad guy unconscious!), in other words, treating a woman, fictional or not, with respect, is how you create a great character.
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AlishmcMalish Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Besides, everyone always talks about STRONG FEMALES but why do we never hear STRONG MALES? Look at Michael Cera. He's the exact opposite of anything strong ever yet he keeps getting roles for reasons I cannot understand. He's weedy and uncharismatic. In fact movies seem to like having dorks with "strong" women nowadays.
So now shes expected to be the hero, carry the baby and make the sandwich all while having a Jessica Rabbit figure. Seriously?
But exactly. Hollywood seems to think a strong woman is someone who acts like a MAN. A female apparently can only be strong if she rejects her gender. Bullshit.
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vitaliusdeosgirl Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
One word, Kuroshitsuji XD
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AlishmcMalish Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OHGOD. I still think he's actually a she.
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vitaliusdeosgirl Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I hope soXD otherwise those heels will be questionableXD
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NightMargin Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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AlishmcMalish Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OHMYGOD PERFECT <3<3<3
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Doodleniks Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks cool and sexy and that's all that matters to hollywood. : / this pretty much goes for most fictional women's costumes. It's upsetting.
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AlishmcMalish Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's ridiculously mysogonistic and upsetting. I'm gunna start making male heros that have armor everywhere but around their bare chests and balls. Because that's how women armor is designed. And I'll have them walk around on stilts.
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Lorien077 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
ROFL Okay I hadn't seen guys drawn that way.

Have you seen the infamous heeled ice-skates?
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AlishmcMalish Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have... with increasing frequency...
And no I haven't... It sounds like a horrific idea. XD
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Lorien077 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Here they are on Eschergirls: [link]

...how?
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AlishmcMalish Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohmygod why. The girl in the background... I thought her leg ended in stumps. I was so confused for a moment...
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Lorien077 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
XD Eschergirls is way too much fun. Though it'll break your brain on a daily basis.
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AlishmcMalish Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I found it a while back and had to stop xD it's like yaoi hands...but worse....
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Lorien077 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ahahaha yaoi.... that's something I tend to hide from in general. XD
So what's with yaoi hands?
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AlishmcMalish Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yaoi manga apparently have a common theme of being really terribly drawn and the main common theme is the characters hands are about 5 times bigger than they should be. It's hilarious on tumblr.
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BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Well, when you think about it, the whole heels thing really has nothing to do with the laws of physics. They're symbols not only of female sexuality, but of badassery in general. Let's face it. If you can not only run in heels pretty fast, but fight in them, too, you must be pretty hardcore! They can't be so high that it gets distracting, though. Or so short that they lose their appeal. They gotta be just right, just to get the point across: that your hero looks awesome, but fights awesome, too. Don't mess...with this hero. I say 'hero' rather than 'heroine' because even males are kicking ass in heels nowadays. It's not nearly as common, but they're out there. And they're just as badass.

If we're talking about design as an aesthetic visual, heels aren't necessarily a flaw unless you just don't like the look of them, or if they're really clashing with the rest of the design of the character wearing them. According to physics, nobody, no matter how skilled, can fight in heels for as long as the action heroes in comics and movies do, but that's not really the point of the design. They're an easy way to convey the personality and skills of your character without having to visually or verbally list every single one. All you have to do is just look at the heels...and you know. You know.
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AlishmcMalish Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But the point is no one CAN fight in heels. Unless they can fight in a way that requires them to never ever have to land on the heel part of their foot but that means the toe part better have some hardcore grip, which would make the heel look unsexy.
It's not even badass, it's just mysogeny. They cover it up all SEE A WOMAN IS BETTER COS SHE CAN DO ALL OF THAT WHILE WEARING CRIPPLING DEVIL SHOES but the point is her apperance is more important than her functionality and that's all she's good for.
It bothers me even more when the character has no special powers, is just a normal kung fu chick and still does that shit in slippery 6 inch stilhettos. It's just ridiculous.
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BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I see your point. From that stand point, they can definitely be a bad thing. But nobody knows how to make an interesting female that's going to sell. The sexy ones do. We're still kind of reeling from the effects of the sexual revolution and the women's rights movement and now we're in a time period where we're trying really hard to be politically correct while also making a buck. And it's soooo hard to make a 'strong independent woman' without coming into some kind of political confrontation. She's either a sex object, or a sweet demure housewife. At this point it's really hard to make or find a stand alone female character that gets the best of both worlds. I think the problem is that for a lot of people, especially those in the entertainment industry, it's really hard to just...depict a woman as a regular human being. They can't even do that right. Once they get that handled, then female characters will start becoming less political and more relatable. They'll start being actual people you can relate to and analyze.

I know what would help. People need to stop with the sexual dimorphism shit. The sexes are different enough as it is. You can't have complete equality if the line between genders is still extremely thick. Once it's thinned down, people will start to see men and women as virtually the same thing despite obvious differences. And THEN it wouldn't matter who's wearing high heels or not. It would be the character's own personality that makes them strong and not those six inch heels or skin tight pants they're wearing.
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AlishmcMalish Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the best representation of a strong woman that is actually a WOMAN is Peggy in Captain America.
She looks and acts rather femininely to fit her time, but at the same time she kicks ass without being a super macho fighting bitch in skintight leather. Personally, I like her more than blackwidow, but because she has a classy, understated pretty look, no one even knows who I'm talking about when I mention her. They get blackwidow right away. So yes. Unfortunately, women are only valued in hollywood based on their sexual appeal
And to be honest, I doubt it will ever change.
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BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Now that you mention it, it probably never will. That's why the differences between the sexes can't be dumbed down or blurred at all, because then the sexuality of the sexes (particularly women) would go away. And then what would Hollywood do? How would it makes its money? Nobody's thought that far ahead yet and few people ever will because money is more important than social change, apparently.
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AlishmcMalish Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think instead of desexualizing women, just start sexualizing men more. If people are gunna be sexualized, at least make it even. I feel like the Avengers was a good step in that direction.
C8.
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BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
XDD I agree! And see? Men can be hot in movies and heterosexual men still like them. It's a win-win.
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Lyrasan Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So true :I what also annoys me is when female "warriors" have the most skimpiest armour ever... .___. I mean how can they NOT end up dead in a fight with their bellies,legs and other vital points free from protection? :iconthatsimpossibleplz:
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AlishmcMalish Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The entire vital region is always bared open. 5 minutes and their guts would be all over the place, tripping them up in their stupid shoes.
It pisses me off.
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Lyrasan Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YES!!! it's all so completely ridiculous! Most of these characters are designed by men who only cares about looks and sexiness. :I No thoughts about how this would actually work out in "real life".
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AlishmcMalish Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually had to stop and stare at my game for a few moments the other day when I realized most of the women in Mass effect actually wear real combat armor.
Other than Jack, EDI and Miranda, but that's cos Jack is just Jack, EDI is a robot and Miranda sucks ass and is there for me to hope she takes a bullet in the face.
Either way, it's so rare for women to wear armor that is on par cover wise with men that I was legitimately shocked when I realized it.
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Lyrasan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha i know what you mean X'D I was playing skyrim the other day when i noticed the same thing. All the women were dressed the way they should. If they were guards then they had heavy armour. you actually couldnt see if they were male of female until you got close or heard them speak.

Final Fantasy is one of my favourite game series....but the girls there... even the boys have ridiculous outfits. One of my fav characters is Fran from FF 12 but that armour woudnt protect her for shit really... it's so bad... AND she has high heels as well :I *hmpf*
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Undercurrent-32 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
do you mean this cyborg ninja from the metal gear series when you say men in heels :iconiseewhatyoudidthere:
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AlishmcMalish Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are those too. >n>
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