Batman and Its Use of the Term, “Bitch”
I read last week an interesting article on how liberally Batman: Arkham City slings the word “bitch” about. I don’t yet have the game myself–of course I’m itching to play it–and I’ll wait until I get my hands on it to pass judgment. The articles that have stood out most to me have been Kotaku’s own articles on Batman’s weird “bitch” fixation and the hypersexualization of female characters in game worlds. I thought these two to be well-written articles that certainly incited a lot of discussion in their comments. That is, of course, never a bad thing–discussion begets critical thinking. Hopefully.
Bitch is a female-only slight, one that is used to demean both men and women. It’s a gendered insult, one that “degrades” males to a lowly, powerless female status. Yet the insults for men place no emphasis on gender and power placement. Batman is often called a “freak”–hardly an extremely offensive term, and one not even close to being on par with “bitch.”
As I said, I’ve yet to play Arkham City. I mainly posted to direct everyone to the articles linked here. I am looking forward to both playing it and analyzing the rampant sexism that others are discussing right now.
EDIT: Unfortunately the links aren’t working too well right now, so I’ve put them below instead of integrating them within the post. For whatever reason, it doesn’t want to work.