Hey, so! Angry Birds? Couple things.
This new game of yours? Made “for ladies” because apparently vaginas get in the way of everything? It is not what you think it is. It is not some alternative option for girls that’s great because it’s just for them; it’s just-for-them-ness highlighted by the premise of “Stella, the game’s namesake protagonist, a feisty pink avian, leads her friends Willow, Dahlia, Poppy, and Luca in a quest to reclaim her precious scrapbook stolen by her former best friend Gale.”
It’s because this is basically the Nice Guys of games. Because it is so wildly and egregiously misunderstanding the point.
The point being that women do not want something “separate” for themselves. We just don’t want to be fucking maligned by the thing we want to enjoy! We don’t want to be made to feel as though we’re some weird outlier “other” thing that the powers-that-be can’t understand. And we certainly don’t want to feel exploited by said thing (either sexually via graphics or thanks to dumb stereotypes about what we are and like to do).
Which brings me to the premise of the game. REALLY? It was bad enough that all the girl birds were colored in more soothing pastels (complete with extra eyeliner?), but the plot is just offensive. Scrapbooking? Really?
And how about the embedded girl-on-girl hate in its premise?! A BFF clan goes on the hunt to take down Stella’s former BFF/scrapbook-stealer Gale??
Honestly, go fuck yourselves, Angry Birds. No, no really. You misguided, man-splain-y, part-of-the-problem motherfuckers. if you think this is what women want out of games; if you think that what’s been missing from games is some demented version of female priorities peppered with girl-on-girl hate for women to “relate to,” then I hope your only excuse is that you’ve never met a female human before in your life ‘cuz REALLY?!
What women want out of games is to get the sense that the people making them actually respect and regard women as human beings that just so happen to be female, rather than this weird alien subgroup of weirdos with magical vagina holes that make everyone go a-head scratch-y because MAN OH MAN LADY BITS MAKE EVERYTHING WEIRD.
Enough, you guys. ENOUGH! Just make good shit that isn’t offensive, that isn’t based on bad stereotypes and ill-informed perceptions. This is why feminists like me get angry because honestly WHY IS THIS SO HARD?