A Feminist Reading of Halo 4

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I finally got around to finishing Halo 4 last night and the ending troubled me. Not because I thought it was incoherent or unsatisfying, but rather I didn't know what to make of its attitude towards women--or, rather, what assumptions it seems to make about the player's attitude towards them. One thing really stood out to me: clothing and the lack thereof. I looked around the net to see what others had written about Cortana, and quickly discovered I'm far from the only one who has some issues with it. As Jon W of Gamasutra puts it: "It doesn't seem particularly fair to permaban pumped-up teenage boys from acting like immature sexists when that is exactly what the game has trained them to be." Warning: there are some spoilers here.

Master Chief: The armor and mask protect ego as well as body.Master Chief: The armor and mask protect ego as well as body.Let's start with Master Chief. Like many super heroes, you never see this guy's face (or any of the rest of his body). He's well protected by the equivalent of a wearable tank. Arguably, not showing the hero's face is an important part of the identification process; since we can't see him, it's easier to imagine ourselves in that suit. I do think this is part of his appeal, but I think it also taps into something more profound than that. Perhaps it's getting at a deep-seated anxiety about having our emotions exposed; characters like Master Chief strike us (and the other characters in the game, actually) as emotionally withdrawn and guarded. Like Batman and countless similar types, the Chief is strictly focused on what he perceives as his duty as a man. While the mask is ostensibly there to protect his identity, it also, and perhaps more importantly, protects his male ego. In much the same way that a prison guard gains some emotional distance by donning a pair of dark sunglasses--so the convicts cannot see his eyes--characters like Batman and Master Chief's identity-masking erases those elements unique to an individual. After all, a "real man" shuns special treatment and consideration; the macho ethos is always about "doing what any man would have done," not what only someone with a deep emotional attachment would do. If we want to indulge in stereotypes for a moment, it's easy enough to see how Master Chief represents a very common fantasy for boys, particularly those who don't have much confidence. Being in a suit like Master Chief's makes you incredibly strong, tough, and, most importantly, concealed, so that you are protected physically as well as from those discouraging stares or dismissive glances (whether real or imagined).

Cortana: By contrast, Cortana is exposed and dependent.Cortana: By contrast, Cortana is exposed and dependent.Fine. But what's perhaps more disturbing is the game's treatment of Cortana. Here we have the game's only real female character, and she's almost the total opposite of the male image of Master Chief. Instead of being almost totally concealed behind heavy armor and an opaque visor, she's practically naked, and when she's on screen, the camera pays close attention to her rich facial expressions and exaggerated curves. Whereas the Chief is a highly physical being of great strength, one who really makes an impact wherever he goes--Cortana is not even granted a body, but exists only as a hologram. She is completely and utterly dependent on the Chief for protection as well as mobility--he literally picks her up and plugs her into his suit. In perhaps the final insult to females in this game, it's emphasized that even her individuality is an illusion; she can be copied again and again when the need arises. Finally, she is even denied rationality, and becomes increasingly less coherent and more dependent on Master Chief until the closing credits (and a poignant moment I won't spoil here).

Cortana's lack of a physical body also protects Master Chief from the need to be physically intimate with her; by her very nature, her being and his affection for her can only be conceptualized, not consummated. In a way this seems a return to chivalric traditions of the aloof, "untainted" romance, where sexuality is expressed in poetry rather than prurience. While the Chief never waxes poetically, the music in the game certainly suggests such themes, and it's easy enough to read whatever longing we experience ourselves under his visor. While chivalric traditions might seem to celebrate and protect women by placing them on a pedestal, it also denies them the right to their body and sexuality. It's as though their corporeal existence beneath all the claptrap is simply so reviling that it's better to deny oneself the pleasures of sex than to destroy the illusion.

Is the game sexist? I wouldn't talk about it in those terms. I think it's simply more symptomatic of the latent sexual anxieties experienced by the young men who tend to buy these games more than any conspiracy or sexist attitudes on the part of the studio. I do wonder, though, if games that indulge and immerse us so deeply in these pubescent fantasies might in some way retard our emotional and sexual development. Halo 4 presents the ideal woman as, literally just an idea, whose very identity, individuality, and physicality, are all either denied or rendered suspect--all the while protecting the male ego behind a near-indestructible and opaque set of body armor--well, it can't be good, now, can it? There's a telling (if not touching) moment at the end of the game where the Chief is talking to a much less intimidating man, one who's face is not obscured behind a helmet but is in fact quite animated. It becomes obvious from the man's questions, attitude, and height compared to the Chief makes it clear he's not nearly as rugged and self-contained as the hero. His remark that soldiers makes him seem weak and barely worthy to be in the same room. The Chief is taciturn, as a man ought to be; this guy talks too much about his feelings. Indeed, the Chief's last words before the credits point out that Cortana, the Female, had said the same thing.

It seems that this type of hero doesn't seem to thrive well in other media, such as comics. Iron Man might seem to have a lot in common with the Chief--after all, they wear similar suits. But Iron Man has an alter ego, like Batman and countless other characters. We thus get to see their weaker, more emotional side. Games like Halo 4 seem better able to get away with this lack of emotional development, perhaps substituting the thrill of controlling the character to that of identifying with a character. While many of us have often fantasized about wearing Iron Man's suit, I imagine relatively fewer of us have fantasized about being Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne. While some of us as boys might have resisted either of these characters--"Just get back to crime fighting, Batman!" or whatever, they did provide some wholesome balance. What a game like Halo 4 might be imparting to the boys and young men, though, I shudder to think.

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Eric Wittbrodt
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Good Article

Good article Matt. Also received "Dungeons and Desktops" for Christmas and have been enjoying it thus far. Cortana seems to be just another pin up used to give the "boys" a little something before heading off to war.

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Hehe...I'm sure there are

Hehe...I'm sure there are plenty of ways to "read" it all, particularly if you're more familiar with all the comics and novels and such. The main thing that stuck out to me about this was the nice dichotomy they had going there:

Master Chief
Masked/Full Body Armor
Super strong and Physically Powerful
Autonomous
Emotionally Distant
In control

Cortana
Practically naked
Can't even touch the physical world
Emotionally vulnerable (despite being an AI!)
Depends on MC for mobility
Barely rational; has to have MC's help to stay sane.

This is like a Victorian fantasy or something. Basically, anything sexist you want to say about women is represented in Cortana.

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Matt Barton wrote:

Hehe...I'm sure there are plenty of ways to "read" it all, particularly if you're more familiar with all the comics and novels and such. The main thing that stuck out to me about this was the nice dichotomy they had going there:

Master Chief
Masked/Full Body Armor
Super strong and Physically Powerful
Autonomous
Emotionally Distant
In control

Cortana
Practically naked
Can't even touch the physical world
Emotionally vulnerable (despite being an AI!)
Depends on MC for mobility
Barely rational; has to have MC's help to stay sane.

This is like a Victorian fantasy or something. Basically, anything sexist you want to say about women is represented in Cortana.

again i have to point out.. Cortana is much more powerfull then MC.. just not in the HALO story.

Cortana
Practically naked-
no argument- but.. I think that will be the natural evoloution of bots.. they currenlty emulate and look like us as much as design will allow (not much) but none have cloths.. think about it.. some have the shape down quite well, but look boxy. Some simple sweat pants would hide that, yet its never been bothered with.. its a robot.. While Cortana is not a Robot, she is a EMULATION of humanity.. so she looks as close to us as possible.. a Barbie doll.. not real sexual ... hmm anatomy except boobs i guess. Yes the shape is female.. and yes I will say the "ideal" female (to some).. but every representation we (humans) make of oursleves is often much better then the actual thing.. again.. dolls.. sculptures, movie stars, hereos in books.. why wouldn't just natural evolution keep it the same? AND last.. she was clad in a HUGE WARSHIP.. far more Armour, firepower, ability then MC will ever have. She has been stripped of her Armour.. take it off MC and he is just soft squishy too.

Can't even touch the physical world
NO robot can.. touch is something only us humans can do.. but if you mean manipulate .. she can.. she controls robots, heck, she can command humans.. she could (ability) change many things.. but as a AI she has no reason too.. she has no goal except to keep MC and her AI alive.

Emotionally vulnerable (despite being an AI!)
this is where we stat making her a living thing.. and YES halo does that for those who have some attachment to her.. And i wont argue the game wants us to think of her as Human.. or a have empathy for her.. would that matter if she was puppy, a child, a buddy? Yes makeing her female for a predomintly male player base is the easy way out.. but it would be easy to have the emotonial attachment to sister, grandma, etc..

Depends on MC for mobility
ONLY after she has been stripped of here ship... again she had much more mobility (universe) wise then MC.. up to the HALO story..

Barely rational; has to have MC's help to stay sane.
This one is odd.. purely a story device.. and yes, a way to get empathy for Cortana.. wont argue this one.

I do agree with you, I think they where following your idea on her far more then my reasoning.. But thats part of how we all see things.. the "half full or half empty" thing.. A female with a flat tire beside the road.. is she a Damsel in Distress, or just another person with a flat tire? What do we see? ME.. I hate to say, would depend on the day.. LAZY.. I wouldn't notice, male/female/grandma/handicapped. Day when im up.., I WOULD notice if she was attractive or not.. BUT I CAN SAY with all honesty I would stop and help if it appeared help was needed ( male or female, attractive or not). I can alos say I would only see "person in need" not Female in need. Of course I wont mistake life with fantasy.. And I wont say I dont want to rescue the damsel in distress.. I want her to need me.. even if it goes against grain..

dang so I guess Im agreeing with you.. she is portrayed "needy" but I still found her far more powerfull then MC (me).. hmm.. there might be something behind that too? I guess its just how you see it.

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Some additional points

I think Both Matt's and the gamasutra article treat Halo 4 and Cortana's characterization in it as an isolated narrative, which is a bit unfair.
The AI was never less powerful than MC, she was only handicapped whenever MC had to transfer her from one computer system to another. The situation is similar to Spartans being cooped up in a spaceship between missions where they can't utilize their physical strengths.

Whenever Cortana enters a computer system she becomes at least as powerful as MC. In every Halo including part 4 it is Cortana who controls where MC can and cannot go by opening doors, portals etc. Halo 4 does make it a plot point that Cortana is losing her ability do do all this due to her rampancy but in my mind this only serves to show how dependend MC is on her abilites - all he can actually do is shoot stuff but he's screwed the moment he encounters a locked door or some other piece of uncooperative hardware.

One final point regarding the gamasutra article and it's description of how the new spartan leader Srah Palmer is characterized: The game explicitly shows that Palmer is not at all cowed by the MC. When they first meet she doesn't seem at all impressed ("I thought he would be taller"). Only focusing on one scene in the ending sequence and saying that she is somehow submissive to MC is a very flawed argument in my mindC.

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Artist Intent

The intent of the artist is not, and never is, important. The visual metaphor is there regardless of what the backstory is, or what Bungie intended with the character.

The nice thing about art is that even if the artist doesn't intend what ends up being deciphered, it usually makes the art stronger rather than weaker.

Halo unintentionally (or intentionally, who knows) is making a statement about the broader relationship between men and women. There is no positive or negative way to interpret that. You digest the info and acknowledge the statement. I don't view Matt's assessment as a "negative review", I view it as him pointing out an allegory that definitely exists in the game for further conversation.

Lord of Admirals (not verified)
So wrong on so many levels...

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I finally got around to finishing Halo 4 last night and the ending troubled me. Not because I thought it was incoherent or unsatisfying,
Oh good. So you didn't pay attention to what was going on in the game. =/

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Let's start with Master Chief. Like many super heroes, you never see this guy's face (or any of the rest of his body). He's well protected by the equivalent of a wearable tank. Arguably, not showing the hero's face is an important part of the identification process; since we can't see him, it's easier to imagine ourselves in that suit. I do think this is part of his appeal, but I think it also taps into something more profound than that. Perhaps it's getting at a deep-seated anxiety about having our emotions exposed; characters like Master Chief strike us (and the other characters in the game, actually) as emotionally withdrawn and guarded. Like Batman and countless similar types, the Chief is strictly focused on what he perceives as his duty as a man. While the mask is ostensibly there to protect his identity, it also, and perhaps more importantly, protects his male ego. In much the same way that a prison guard gains some emotional distance by donning a pair of dark sunglasses--so the convicts cannot see his eyes--characters like Batman and Master Chief's identity-masking erases those elements unique to an individual. After all, a "real man" shuns special treatment and consideration; the macho ethos is always about "doing what any man would have done," not what only someone with a deep emotional attachment would do. If we want to indulge in stereotypes for a moment, it's easy enough to see how Master Chief represents a very common fantasy for boys, particularly those who don't have much confidence. Being in a suit like Master Chief's makes you incredibly strong, tough, and, most importantly, concealed, so that you are protected physically as well as from those discouraging stares or dismissive glances (whether real or imagined).
I'm starting to wonder if you even played the game at all. Maybe you didn't notice that Master Chief was breaking emotionally at the fact that he failed to protect humanity and his greatest ally and friend Cortana.

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Fine. But what's perhaps more disturbing is the game's treatment of Cortana. Here we have the game's only real female character,
Now I'm thinking you typed this up after watching a trailer for Halo 4.

What about Dr. Halsey?
What about Commander Palmer?

They're in the game to you know...

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and she's almost the total opposite of the male image of Master Chief. Instead of being almost totally concealed behind heavy armor and an opaque visor, she's practically naked, and when she's on screen, the camera pays close attention to her rich facial expressions and exaggerated curves.
How is this a problem? That's the beauty of Halo 4's 'Man vis-a-vis Machine' theme.

They are entirely opposite of each other.

One is brain, one is brawn.
One is flesh and logic, the other is machine and emotion.

They both are two halves of one character.

Before I move on, when in the heck does the camera focus on Cortana's curves?

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Whereas the Chief is a highly physical being of great strength, one who really makes an impact wherever he goes--Cortana is not even granted a body, but exists only as a hologram. She is completely and utterly dependent on the Chief for protection as well as mobility--he literally picks her up and plugs her into his suit.
This is utterly ridiculous and ignorant.

You're completely forgetting about the fact that Master Chief would be getting no where without her. THEY BOTH NEED EACH OTHER TO COMPLETE THEIR OBJECTIVES.

Cortana requires transportation, and Chief requires guidance and assistance with technology.

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In perhaps the final insult to females in this game, it's emphasized that even her individuality is an illusion; she can be copied again and again when the need arises.
Excuse me? Where in the hell did the game say she copied herself, if I recall...

"What did you just do?"
"I ejected my rampant personalities."
-Gameplay, Midnight, Halo 4

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Finally, she is even denied rationality, and becomes increasingly less coherent and more dependent on Master Chief until the closing credits (and a poignant moment I won't spoil here).
I'm going to tear my hair out...

Screw me... If Cortana was replaced with a male AI, that AI would be undergoing literally the exact same thing! Why? I don't know, maybe because Smart AIs going rampant after 7 years was a significant plot detail introduced back in 2001 before Halo CE was released.

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Cortana's lack of a physical body also protects Master Chief from the need to be physically intimate with her; by her very nature, her being and his affection for her can only be conceptualized, not consummated. In a way this seems a return to chivalric traditions of the aloof, "untainted" romance, where sexuality is expressed in poetry rather than prurience. While the Chief never waxes poetically, the music in the game certainly suggests such themes, and it's easy enough to read whatever longing we experience ourselves under his visor. While chivalric traditions might seem to celebrate and protect women by placing them on a pedestal, it also denies them the right to their body and sexuality. It's as though their corporeal existence beneath all the claptrap is simply so reviling that it's better to deny oneself the pleasures of sex than to destroy the illusion.
I swear... You've have better had this view since CE because Cortana has not changed, and I'd even go as far to argue she's more of a sexual object in Halo 3 than she is in Halo 4.

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There's a telling (if not touching) moment at the end of the game where the Chief is talking to a much less intimidating man, one who's face is not obscured behind a helmet but is in fact quite animated. It becomes obvious from the man's questions, attitude, and height compared to the Chief makes it clear he's not nearly as rugged and self-contained as the hero. His remark that soldiers makes him seem weak and barely worthy to be in the same room. The Chief is taciturn, as a man ought to be; this guy talks too much about his feelings. Indeed, the Chief's last words before the credits point out that Cortana, the Female, had said the same thing.
You didn't play this game at all, did you?

Dude, Chief is suffering emotionally and doesn't know how to express it. How in the hell is he the 'ideal man' if the prologue of Halo 4 literally says he's a broken human being? He's a borderline sociopath. Look at how much he talks to Cortana compared to other characters! Want to know why that is? It's because Cortana is the only character who truly understands him and knows who he is. She's been living in his brain after all, exploring his neural net and using it for her own processing power.

Heck, Lasky even acknowledges that Chief is impossibly upset beyond comprehension. And when he leaves the room to let him wallow in his own grief after Lasky reminds him that being a soldier is no different than being a human, Master Chief remembers what Cortana said to him, and realizes what she meant, and that she was right. He is more of a machine than her.

The great irony is that despite Cortana being a machine, she will have been more human than Chief. It is her who gets to joke and experience upset and sadness, not Chief. Sure, Chief has great strength and the ability to interact with his world, but he's practically a robot. Both Cortana and Chief are juxtapositions of how you'd expect their roles to be portrayed. They both bend the boundaries of how you'd expect them to an act. A machine that behaves like a human, and a human that behaves like a machine.

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It seems that this type of hero doesn't seem to thrive well in other media, such as comics. Iron Man might seem to have a lot in common with the Chief--after all, they wear similar suits. But Iron Man has an alter ego, like Batman and countless other characters. We thus get to see their weaker, more emotional side. Games like Halo 4 seem better able to get away with this lack of emotional development, perhaps substituting the thrill of controlling the character to that of identifying with a character. While many of us have often fantasized about wearing Iron Man's suit, I imagine relatively fewer of us have fantasized about being Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne. While some of us as boys might have resisted either of these characters--"Just get back to crime fighting, Batman!" or whatever, they did provide some wholesome balance. What a game like Halo 4 might be imparting to the boys and young men, though, I shudder to think.
Screw me... I'm sure you'll just be so happy to know that Halo 4 is beginning of the process that will break that sterotype of his.

Why do you think he's machine like? Cortana is always there to speak for him, taking away his oppurtunity to reveal who he is. Removing Cortana from the equation is going to bring about a new Chief, and we see the beginning of that at the end of Halo 4.

Oh, and one last thing: http://fandomsandfeminism.tumblr.com/post/36406203982/cortana-the-best-d...

Mendicant Bias (not verified)
Dumb wrong

This is the perfect example of Radical Feminism which makes the entire movement look crazy. If the writer even bothered to understand the context of the universe which she was writing about or looked at developer interviews prior to writing. This wouldn't exist.

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I didn't know what to make of its attitude towards women--or, rather, what assumptions it seems to make about the player's attitude towards them. One thing really stood out to me: clothing and the lack thereof.

Every player loves cortana in their own way which is why so many refuse to Believe she was killed off. Cortana is [b]the[/b] driving force behind chief's achievements and he would have died [b]several times[/b] if it wasn't for her and the plans she makes. Why doesn't she wear clothes? [b]Because she is a AI, a computer program[/b]. [b]She chooses[/b] not to wear clothes [b]unlike[/b] the few other Female AIs we know of,all of which [b]wear clothing[/b]. Of my 10+ years as a fan i haven't see anybody faun after cortana and her body. Everything is about her and the connection she shares with John.

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It doesn't seem particularly fair to permaban pumped-up teenage boys from acting like immature sexists when that is exactly what the game has trained them to be

I started playing the game when i was in middle school. Where in the world does it "train you" to act like a sexist? I would expect to see that said about Grand Theft Auto or the way parents raise their children. Not Halo. In Halo CE a Female polite by the callsign "FoeHammer" has near legendary status with the community. Doctor Halsey is central to everything in the universe because [b]she is the smartest human alive and saved humanity from extinction twice[/b]. So where in the game is it "training" you to be a sexist? If so they failed because The game/universe inherently portrays women to be superior than men. I suggest you read an [i]actual[/i] article on cortana [url=http://haruspis.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/halo-4-cortana-feminism/]here[/url].

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Let's start with Master Chief. Like many super heroes, you never see this guy's face (or any of the rest of his body). He's well protected by the equivalent of a wearable tank.....the Chief is strictly focused on what he perceives as his duty as a man.

Um. John is a part of a Super Soldier program that was Lead by a [b]woman[/b] known as Catherine Halsey to stop a massive rebellion within the colonies. The Spartan Program was created,The rebels (Innies) were stopped, and the armor was only given decades later when the covenant showed up. Plenty of women were in the program as well and [b]have the same armor[/b]. So that was completely stupid and incorrect. The armor is worn [b]to protect him[/b] nothing to do with "his manhood" which he has no concept of because he has been fighting since the age of 6.

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In much the same way that a prison guard gains some emotional distance by donning a pair of dark sunglasses--so the convicts cannot see his eyes--characters like Batman and Master Chief's identity-masking erases those elements unique to an individual.

The Novels describe his looks in great detail and you even see him as a child in the comics "The fall of reach". Also,several of the Avengers know who batman is and have seen him break down several times. Again, you have no idea what you are talking about.

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After all, a "real man" shuns special treatment and consideration; the macho ethos is always about "doing what any man would have done," not what only someone with a deep emotional attachment would do. If we want to indulge in stereotypes for a moment, it's easy enough to see how Master Chief represents a very common fantasy for boys, particularly those who don't have much confidence. Being in a suit like Master Chief's makes you incredibly strong, tough, and, most importantly, concealed, so that you are protected physically as well as from those discouraging stares or dismissive glances (whether real or imagined).

This are super soldiers that hardly grasp the concept of humanity. You are forcing all of this crap on their characters without any context of universal support. The Spartans Hardly lose battles so when they do a reaction is just silence. When John though he lost all of his brothers and sisters on reach he was hurt,deeply. But he didn't break down crying because they were trained to accept losses. He showed more [b]clear[/b] emotion with cortana's death than his own kin and he has only known her for a few months. Why is that? because cortana has saved his ass several times and he is well aware of that. The whole sub-plot with halo 4 (which you failed to comprehend) is that a machine is more human than a actual man. Cortana displays emotions during situations that you would expect from chief. Such has expressing not knowing what to do next,being phased when humans just combust in front of him, or even worrying if he'll lose. Cortana displayed all of that,and more while the chief did not. There was even a cinematic with her commenting on him being a machine,which he is. The emotion isn't displayed because of how the military brought him up not because he is a "macho man".

I would love to see how you explain the several dozen (and now hundred with the S-IVs) women that wear the MJOLNIR armor as he. They sure aren't doing it to be "manly".

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Here we have the game's only real female character, and she's almost the total opposite of the male image of Master Chief.

Do you have any knowledge about the series whatsoever? This is the FIRST GAME of the new saga. Halsey has a major role in the game but it wasn't critical to the campaign because that was about John and Cortana. If you want to talk about "real" Female characters look at the roles women played in the last few games and write about that. Specifically Foehammer,Anders,Halsey,Kat, and Miranda.
Do you know why cortana is opposite of chief? because she is more human than he is despite being a machine. That can't even be called "Sub-text" because that is literally what the game is about.

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she's practically naked, and when she's on screen, the camera pays close attention to her rich facial expressions and exaggerated curves.

WTF? She is a computer screen and is only a female because it choses to be such. Rich curves? Have you even met any women in "real life" or seen them in other games? Halo does a perfect job of NOT portraying women as sex idols the examples being those i just stated. Cortana looks like the AVERAGE women with the richness being in her character,not her body. if you truly found her curves to be "rich" then i assume you must not spend a lot of time around women,at all.

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She is completely and utterly dependent on the Chief for protection as well as mobility--he literally picks her up and plugs her into his suit. In perhaps the final insult to females in this game, it's emphasized that even her individuality is an illusion; she can be copied again and again when the need arises. Finally, she is even denied rationality, and becomes increasingly less coherent and more dependent on Master Chief until the closing credits (and a poignant moment I won't spoil here).

Um, you seem to be fully incapable of grasping that she is a computer program. The reason cortana is plugged in inside of wirelessly hacking everything is so you and chief can see her face. Though you wouldn't know, she actually Likes being outside of his suit where she feels limited. No she cannot copy herself, doing so causes great risks which is why she said "chief,you aren't going to like what i am about to do". It clearly did not feel good and she explained that by ejecting her RAMPANT PERSONALITY CORES she could overload the Didact's shields. Which worked and is the reason she ended up dying. I don't understand why you are writing an article in the "name of feminism" when you have no fucking clue as to what you are talking about. You are wrong from a universe and ethical standpoint. The only people that would agree with any of this nonsense are people that say yes to anything they read without understanding. which is the mindset you more or less had as this article contains no universe knowledge or context. I can't even believe you played the game.

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Cortana's lack of a physical body also protects Master Chief from the need to be physically intimate with her; by her very nature, her being and his affection for her can only be conceptualized, not consummated.

My mind is blown by this train of thought as it was when i saw "her". So when a person likes a women for her body they are "X" and "Y" ignoring the fact that biologically we are to be attracted to certain sets more than others. but again, ignoring actual logic. So when you like a person for just their mind you are still a negative "X" and "Y"? i can't comprehend this. I thought by having a connection with cortana,despite not having a body, showed how irrlevent that all was. Chief likes cortana because of cortana. He isn't looking at her "Rich curves" because she is literally in his head most of the time.

So how are we suppose to like people? You can't like them for biological reasons and you can't like them for their mentality. should we like them for the clothes they wear or how much money they have? Maybe, we should all stop talking and wear spongebob suits over our bodies! That way we don't know what anybody looks like or what they think like. We can base our love purely off the chances of meeting each other by being at the right place,at the right time. Jesus i could go on about how stupid this is.

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While chivalric traditions might seem to celebrate and protect women by placing them on a pedestal, it also denies them the right to their body and sexuality.

She is a computer. She literally cannot nor has she a body. Therefore she is placed on a pedestal based on mental wit, not physical prowess, which i thought was something to be supported.

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Is the game sexist? I wouldn't talk about it in those terms.

You shouldn't even be talking about the game. You'd do a better job of explaining the Two old people in the pornhub commercial than acting like a pseudo-intellectual.

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I think it's simply more symptomatic of the latent sexual anxieties experienced by the young men who tend to buy these games more than any conspiracy or sexist attitudes on the part of the studio.I do wonder, though, if games that indulge and immerse us so deeply in these pubescent fantasies might in some way retard our emotional and sexual development.

You aren't even a women nor a Fan of the universe. Therefore, you have no concrete reasoning to even assume the Fanbase is sexist. Which,if it were, They wouldn't want cortana back so desperately because "Her and Chief are the plot". The only "Fantasy" i could think of is me fucking a Dell while staring at an image of Kim Kardashin. That is the only "fantasy" to come out of cortana.

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Halo 4 presents the ideal woman as, literally just an idea, whose very identity, individuality, and physicality, are all either denied or rendered suspect--all the while protecting the male ego behind a near-indestructible and opaque set of body armor--well, it can't be good, now, can it?

Would you elaborate the fate of the humans NOT wearing the Armor John is? I expect to see a far lot more of them dead.

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His remark that soldiers makes him seem weak and barely worthy to be in the same room.

Complete BS and that was never ever stated anywhere. He said it was his duty to serve humanity.

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but Iron Man has an alter ego- We thus get to see their weaker, more emotional side

Yes, Where stark goes around fucking every women he can find before his next meeting,aliens included.

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I imagine relatively fewer of us have fantasized about being Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne. While some of us as boys might have resisted either of these characters--"Just get back to crime fighting, Batman!" or whatever, they did provide some wholesome balance. What a game like Halo 4 might be imparting to the boys and young men, though, I shudder to think.

What lifestyle to you have to live to seriously think that more kids want to be the Master chief than Batman or Iron man? You do understand they have halloween costumes that are worn by thousands EVERY YEAR right? There isn't even a mock-up chief suit on the mass market. Halo 4 actually shows that you are suppose to have emotions and show them. I think you probably wrote this nonsense article to impress your dell, i wonder if your Floppy disk made it into the Hard-drive that night.

Mendicant Bias (not verified)
A Horrible "analysis"

This is the perfect example of Radical Feminism which makes the entire movement look crazy. If the writer even bothered to understand the context of the universe which she was writing about or looked at developer interviews prior to writing. This wouldn't exist.

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I didn't know what to make of its attitude towards women--or, rather, what assumptions it seems to make about the player's attitude towards them. One thing really stood out to me: clothing and the lack thereof.

Every player loves cortana in their own way which is why so many refuse to Believe she was killed off. Cortana is [b]the[/b] driving force behind chief's achievements and he would have died [b]several times[/b] if it wasn't for her and the plans she makes. Why doesn't she wear clothes? [b]Because she is a AI, a computer program[/b]. [b]She chooses[/b] not to wear clothes [b]unlike[/b] the few other Female AIs we know of,all of which [b]wear clothing[/b]. Of my 10+ years as a fan i haven't see anybody faun after cortana and her body. Everything is about her and the connection she shares with John.

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It doesn't seem particularly fair to permaban pumped-up teenage boys from acting like immature sexists when that is exactly what the game has trained them to be

I started playing the game when i was in middle school. Where in the world does it "train you" to act like a sexist? I would expect to see that said about Grand Theft Auto or the way parents raise their children. Not Halo. In Halo CE a Female polite by the callsign "FoeHammer" has near legendary status with the community. Doctor Halsey is central to everything in the universe because [b]she is the smartest human alive and saved humanity from extinction twice[/b]. So where in the game is it "training" you to be a sexist? If so they failed because The game/universe inherently portrays women to be superior than men. I suggest you read an [i]actual[/i] article on cortana [url=http://haruspis.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/halo-4-cortana-feminism/]here[/url].

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Let's start with Master Chief. Like many super heroes, you never see this guy's face (or any of the rest of his body). He's well protected by the equivalent of a wearable tank.....the Chief is strictly focused on what he perceives as his duty as a man.

Um. John is a part of a Super Soldier program that was Lead by a [b]woman[/b] known as Catherine Halsey to stop a massive rebellion within the colonies. The Spartan Program was created,The rebels (Innies) were stopped, and the armor was only given decades later when the covenant showed up. Plenty of women were in the program as well and [b]have the same armor[/b]. So that was completely stupid and incorrect. The armor is worn [b]to protect him[/b] nothing to do with "his manhood" which he has no concept of because he has been fighting since the age of 6.

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In much the same way that a prison guard gains some emotional distance by donning a pair of dark sunglasses--so the convicts cannot see his eyes--characters like Batman and Master Chief's identity-masking erases those elements unique to an individual.

The Novels describe his looks in great detail and you even see him as a child in the comics "The fall of reach". Also,several of the Avengers know who batman is and have seen him break down several times. Again, you have no idea what you are talking about.

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After all, a "real man" shuns special treatment and consideration; the macho ethos is always about "doing what any man would have done," not what only someone with a deep emotional attachment would do. If we want to indulge in stereotypes for a moment, it's easy enough to see how Master Chief represents a very common fantasy for boys, particularly those who don't have much confidence. Being in a suit like Master Chief's makes you incredibly strong, tough, and, most importantly, concealed, so that you are protected physically as well as from those discouraging stares or dismissive glances (whether real or imagined).

This are super soldiers that hardly grasp the concept of humanity. You are forcing all of this crap on their characters without any context of universal support. The Spartans Hardly lose battles so when they do a reaction is just silence. When John though he lost all of his brothers and sisters on reach he was hurt,deeply. But he didn't break down crying because they were trained to accept losses. He showed more [b]clear[/b] emotion with cortana's death than his own kin and he has only known her for a few months. Why is that? because cortana has saved his ass several times and he is well aware of that. The whole sub-plot with halo 4 (which you failed to comprehend) is that a machine is more human than a actual man. Cortana displays emotions during situations that you would expect from chief. Such has expressing not knowing what to do next,being phased when humans just combust in front of him, or even worrying if he'll lose. Cortana displayed all of that,and more while the chief did not. There was even a cinematic with her commenting on him being a machine,which he is. The emotion isn't displayed because of how the military brought him up not because he is a "macho man".

I would love to see how you explain the several dozen (and now hundred with the S-IVs) women that wear the MJOLNIR armor as he. They sure aren't doing it to be "manly".

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Here we have the game's only real female character, and she's almost the total opposite of the male image of Master Chief.

Do you have any knowledge about the series whatsoever? This is the FIRST GAME of the new saga. Halsey has a major role in the game but it wasn't critical to the campaign because that was about John and Cortana. If you want to talk about "real" Female characters look at the roles women played in the last few games and write about that. Specifically Foehammer,Anders,Halsey,Kat, and Miranda.
Do you know why cortana is opposite of chief? because she is more human than he is despite being a machine. That can't even be called "Sub-text" because that is literally what the game is about.

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she's practically naked, and when she's on screen, the camera pays close attention to her rich facial expressions and exaggerated curves.

WTF? She is a computer screen and is only a female because it choses to be such. Rich curves? Have you even met any women in "real life" or seen them in other games? Halo does a perfect job of NOT portraying women as sex idols the examples being those i just stated. Cortana looks like the AVERAGE women with the richness being in her character,not her body. if you truly found her curves to be "rich" then i assume you must not spend a lot of time around women,at all.

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She is completely and utterly dependent on the Chief for protection as well as mobility--he literally picks her up and plugs her into his suit. In perhaps the final insult to females in this game, it's emphasized that even her individuality is an illusion; she can be copied again and again when the need arises. Finally, she is even denied rationality, and becomes increasingly less coherent and more dependent on Master Chief until the closing credits (and a poignant moment I won't spoil here).

Um, you seem to be fully incapable of grasping that she is a computer program. The reason cortana is plugged in inside of wirelessly hacking everything is so you and chief can see her face. Though you wouldn't know, she actually Likes being outside of his suit where she feels limited. No she cannot copy herself, doing so causes great risks which is why she said "chief,you aren't going to like what i am about to do". It clearly did not feel good and she explained that by ejecting her RAMPANT PERSONALITY CORES she could overload the Didact's shields. Which worked and is the reason she ended up dying. I don't understand why you are writing an article in the "name of feminism" when you have no fucking clue as to what you are talking about. You are wrong from a universe and ethical standpoint. The only people that would agree with any of this nonsense are people that say yes to anything they read without understanding. which is the mindset you more or less had as this article contains no universe knowledge or context. I can't even believe you played the game.

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Cortana's lack of a physical body also protects Master Chief from the need to be physically intimate with her; by her very nature, her being and his affection for her can only be conceptualized, not consummated.

My mind is blown by this train of thought as it was when i saw "her". So when a person likes a women for her body they are "X" and "Y" ignoring the fact that biologically we are to be attracted to certain sets more than others. but again, ignoring actual logic. So when you like a person for just their mind you are still a negative "X" and "Y"? i can't comprehend this. I thought by having a connection with cortana,despite not having a body, showed how irrlevent that all was. Chief likes cortana because of cortana. He isn't looking at her "Rich curves" because she is literally in his head most of the time.

So how are we suppose to like people? You can't like them for biological reasons and you can't like them for their mentality. should we like them for the clothes they wear or how much money they have? Maybe, we should all stop talking and wear spongebob suits over our bodies! That way we don't know what anybody looks like or what they think like. We can base our love purely off the chances of meeting each other by being at the right place,at the right time. Jesus i could go on about how stupid this is.

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While chivalric traditions might seem to celebrate and protect women by placing them on a pedestal, it also denies them the right to their body and sexuality.

She is a computer. She literally cannot nor has she a body. Therefore she is placed on a pedestal based on mental wit, not physical prowess, which i thought was something to be supported.

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Is the game sexist? I wouldn't talk about it in those terms.

You shouldn't even be talking about the game. You'd do a better job of explaining the Two old people in the pornhub commercial than acting like a pseudo-intellectual.

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I think it's simply more symptomatic of the latent sexual anxieties experienced by the young men who tend to buy these games more than any conspiracy or sexist attitudes on the part of the studio.I do wonder, though, if games that indulge and immerse us so deeply in these pubescent fantasies might in some way retard our emotional and sexual development.

You aren't even a women nor a Fan of the universe. Therefore, you have no concrete reasoning to even assume the Fanbase is sexist. Which,if it were, They wouldn't want cortana back so desperately because "Her and Chief are the plot". The only "Fantasy" i could think of is me fucking a Dell while staring at an image of Kim Kardashin. That is the only "fantasy" to come out of cortana.

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Halo 4 presents the ideal woman as, literally just an idea, whose very identity, individuality, and physicality, are all either denied or rendered suspect--all the while protecting the male ego behind a near-indestructible and opaque set of body armor--well, it can't be good, now, can it?

Would you elaborate the fate of the humans NOT wearing the Armor John is? I expect to see a far lot more of them dead.

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His remark that soldiers makes him seem weak and barely worthy to be in the same room.

Complete BS and that was never ever stated anywhere. He said it was his duty to serve humanity.

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but Iron Man has an alter ego- We thus get to see their weaker, more emotional side

Yes, Where stark goes around fucking every women he can find before his next meeting,aliens included.

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I imagine relatively fewer of us have fantasized about being Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne. While some of us as boys might have resisted either of these characters--"Just get back to crime fighting, Batman!" or whatever, they did provide some wholesome balance. What a game like Halo 4 might be imparting to the boys and young men, though, I shudder to think.

What lifestyle to you have to live to seriously think that more kids want to be the Master chief than Batman or Iron man? You do understand they have halloween costumes that are worn by thousands EVERY YEAR right? There isn't even a mock-up chief suit on the mass market. Halo 4 actually shows that you are suppose to have emotions and show them. I think you probably wrote this nonsense article to impress your dell, i wonder if your Flobby disk made it into the Hard-drive that night.

Mendicant Bias (not verified)
A Horrible "analysis"

This is the perfect example of Radical Feminism which makes the entire movement look crazy. If the writer even bothered to understand the context of the universe which she was writing about or looked at developer interviews prior to writing. This wouldn't exist.

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I didn't know what to make of its attitude towards women--or, rather, what assumptions it seems to make about the player's attitude towards them. One thing really stood out to me: clothing and the lack thereof.

Every player loves cortana in their own way which is why so many refuse to Believe she was killed off. Cortana is [b]the[/b] driving force behind chief's achievements and he would have died [b]several times[/b] if it wasn't for her and the plans she makes. Why doesn't she wear clothes? [b]Because she is a AI, a computer program[/b]. [b]She chooses[/b] not to wear clothes [b]unlike[/b] the few other Female AIs we know of,all of which [b]wear clothing[/b]. Of my 10+ years as a fan i haven't see anybody faun after cortana and her body. Everything is about her and the connection she shares with John.

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It doesn't seem particularly fair to permaban pumped-up teenage boys from acting like immature sexists when that is exactly what the game has trained them to be

I started playing the game when i was in middle school. Where in the world does it "train you" to act like a sexist? I would expect to see that said about Grand Theft Auto or the way parents raise their children. Not Halo. In Halo CE a Female polite by the callsign "FoeHammer" has near legendary status with the community. Doctor Halsey is central to everything in the universe because [b]she is the smartest human alive and saved humanity from extinction twice[/b]. So where in the game is it "training" you to be a sexist? If so they failed because The game/universe inherently portrays women to be superior than men. I suggest you read an [i]actual[/i] article on cortana [url=http://haruspis.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/halo-4-cortana-feminism/]here[/url].

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Let's start with Master Chief. Like many super heroes, you never see this guy's face (or any of the rest of his body). He's well protected by the equivalent of a wearable tank.....the Chief is strictly focused on what he perceives as his duty as a man.

Um. John is a part of a Super Soldier program that was Lead by a [b]woman[/b] known as Catherine Halsey to stop a massive rebellion within the colonies. The Spartan Program was created,The rebels (Innies) were stopped, and the armor was only given decades later when the covenant showed up. Plenty of women were in the program as well and [b]have the same armor[/b]. So that was completely stupid and incorrect. The armor is worn [b]to protect him[/b] nothing to do with "his manhood" which he has no concept of because he has been fighting since the age of 6.

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In much the same way that a prison guard gains some emotional distance by donning a pair of dark sunglasses--so the convicts cannot see his eyes--characters like Batman and Master Chief's identity-masking erases those elements unique to an individual.

The Novels describe his looks in great detail and you even see him as a child in the comics "The fall of reach". Also,several of the Avengers know who batman is and have seen him break down several times. Again, you have no idea what you are talking about.

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After all, a "real man" shuns special treatment and consideration; the macho ethos is always about "doing what any man would have done," not what only someone with a deep emotional attachment would do. If we want to indulge in stereotypes for a moment, it's easy enough to see how Master Chief represents a very common fantasy for boys, particularly those who don't have much confidence. Being in a suit like Master Chief's makes you incredibly strong, tough, and, most importantly, concealed, so that you are protected physically as well as from those discouraging stares or dismissive glances (whether real or imagined).

This are super soldiers that hardly grasp the concept of humanity. You are forcing all of this crap on their characters without any context of universal support. The Spartans Hardly lose battles so when they do a reaction is just silence. When John though he lost all of his brothers and sisters on reach he was hurt,deeply. But he didn't break down crying because they were trained to accept losses. He showed more [b]clear[/b] emotion with cortana's death than his own kin and he has only known her for a few months. Why is that? because cortana has saved his ass several times and he is well aware of that. The whole sub-plot with halo 4 (which you failed to comprehend) is that a machine is more human than a actual man. Cortana displays emotions during situations that you would expect from chief. Such has expressing not knowing what to do next,being phased when humans just combust in front of him, or even worrying if he'll lose. Cortana displayed all of that,and more while the chief did not. There was even a cinematic with her commenting on him being a machine,which he is. The emotion isn't displayed because of how the military brought him up not because he is a "macho man".

I would love to see how you explain the several dozen (and now hundred with the S-IVs) women that wear the MJOLNIR armor as he. They sure aren't doing it to be "manly".

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Here we have the game's only real female character, and she's almost the total opposite of the male image of Master Chief.

Do you have any knowledge about the series whatsoever? This is the FIRST GAME of the new saga. Halsey has a major role in the game but it wasn't critical to the campaign because that was about John and Cortana. If you want to talk about "real" Female characters look at the roles women played in the last few games and write about that. Specifically Foehammer,Anders,Halsey,Kat, and Miranda.
Do you know why cortana is opposite of chief? because she is more human than he is despite being a machine. That can't even be called "Sub-text" because that is literally what the game is about.

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she's practically naked, and when she's on screen, the camera pays close attention to her rich facial expressions and exaggerated curves.

WTF? She is a computer screen and is only a female because it choses to be such. Rich curves? Have you even met any women in "real life" or seen them in other games? Halo does a perfect job of NOT portraying women as sex idols the examples being those i just stated. Cortana looks like the AVERAGE women with the richness being in her character,not her body. if you truly found her curves to be "rich" then i assume you must not spend a lot of time around women,at all.

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She is completely and utterly dependent on the Chief for protection as well as mobility--he literally picks her up and plugs her into his suit. In perhaps the final insult to females in this game, it's emphasized that even her individuality is an illusion; she can be copied again and again when the need arises. Finally, she is even denied rationality, and becomes increasingly less coherent and more dependent on Master Chief until the closing credits (and a poignant moment I won't spoil here).

Um, you seem to be fully incapable of grasping that she is a computer program. The reason cortana is plugged in inside of wirelessly hacking everything is so you and chief can see her face. Though you wouldn't know, she actually Likes being outside of his suit where she feels limited. No she cannot copy herself, doing so causes great risks which is why she said "chief,you aren't going to like what i am about to do". It clearly did not feel good and she explained that by ejecting her RAMPANT PERSONALITY CORES she could overload the Didact's shields. Which worked and is the reason she ended up dying. I don't understand why you are writing an article in the "name of feminism" when you have no fucking clue as to what you are talking about. You are wrong from a universe and ethical standpoint. The only people that would agree with any of this nonsense are people that say yes to anything they read without understanding. which is the mindset you more or less had as this article contains no universe knowledge or context. I can't even believe you played the game.

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Cortana's lack of a physical body also protects Master Chief from the need to be physically intimate with her; by her very nature, her being and his affection for her can only be conceptualized, not consummated.

My mind is blown by this train of thought as it was when i saw "her". So when a person likes a women for her body they are "X" and "Y" ignoring the fact that biologically we are to be attracted to certain sets more than others. but again, ignoring actual logic. So when you like a person for just their mind you are still a negative "X" and "Y"? i can't comprehend this. I thought by having a connection with cortana,despite not having a body, showed how irrlevent that all was. Chief likes cortana because of cortana. He isn't looking at her "Rich curves" because she is literally in his head most of the time.

So how are we suppose to like people? You can't like them for biological reasons and you can't like them for their mentality. should we like them for the clothes they wear or how much money they have? Maybe, we should all stop talking and wear spongebob suits over our bodies! That way we don't know what anybody looks like or what they think like. We can base our love purely off the chances of meeting each other by being at the right place,at the right time. Jesus i could go on about how stupid this is.

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While chivalric traditions might seem to celebrate and protect women by placing them on a pedestal, it also denies them the right to their body and sexuality.

She is a computer. She literally cannot nor has she a body. Therefore she is placed on a pedestal based on mental wit, not physical prowess, which i thought was something to be supported.

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Is the game sexist? I wouldn't talk about it in those terms.

You shouldn't even be talking about the game. You'd do a better job of explaining the Two old people in the pornhub commercial than acting like a pseudo-intellectual.

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I think it's simply more symptomatic of the latent sexual anxieties experienced by the young men who tend to buy these games more than any conspiracy or sexist attitudes on the part of the studio.I do wonder, though, if games that indulge and immerse us so deeply in these pubescent fantasies might in some way retard our emotional and sexual development.

You aren't even a women nor a Fan of the universe. Therefore, you have no concrete reasoning to even assume the Fanbase is sexist. Which,if it were, They wouldn't want cortana back so desperately because "Her and Chief are the plot". The only "Fantasy" i could think of is me fucking a Dell while staring at an image of Kim Kardashin. That is the only "fantasy" to come out of cortana.

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Halo 4 presents the ideal woman as, literally just an idea, whose very identity, individuality, and physicality, are all either denied or rendered suspect--all the while protecting the male ego behind a near-indestructible and opaque set of body armor--well, it can't be good, now, can it?

Would you elaborate the fate of the humans NOT wearing the Armor John is? I expect to see a far lot more of them dead.

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His remark that soldiers makes him seem weak and barely worthy to be in the same room.

Complete BS and that was never ever stated anywhere. He said it was his duty to serve humanity.

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but Iron Man has an alter ego- We thus get to see their weaker, more emotional side

Yes, Where stark goes around fucking every women he can find before his next meeting,aliens included.

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I imagine relatively fewer of us have fantasized about being Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne. While some of us as boys might have resisted either of these characters--"Just get back to crime fighting, Batman!" or whatever, they did provide some wholesome balance. What a game like Halo 4 might be imparting to the boys and young men, though, I shudder to think.

What lifestyle to you have to live to seriously think that more kids want to be the Master chief than Batman or Iron man? You do understand they have halloween costumes that are worn by thousands EVERY YEAR right? There isn't even a mock-up chief suit on the mass market. Halo 4 actually shows that you are suppose to have emotions and show them. I think you probably wrote this nonsense article to impress your dell, i wonder if your Flobby disk made it into the Hard-drive that night.

Mendicant Bias (not verified)
Dumb wrong

This is the perfect example of Radical Feminism which makes the entire movement look crazy. If the writer even bothered to understand the context of the universe which she was writing about or looked at developer interviews prior to writing. This wouldn't exist.

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I didn't know what to make of its attitude towards women--or, rather, what assumptions it seems to make about the player's attitude towards them. One thing really stood out to me: clothing and the lack thereof.

Every player loves cortana in their own way which is why so many refuse to Believe she was killed off. Cortana is [b]the[/b] driving force behind chief's achievements and he would have died [b]several times[/b] if it wasn't for her and the plans she makes. Why doesn't she wear clothes? [b]Because she is a AI, a computer program[/b]. [b]She chooses[/b] not to wear clothes [b]unlike[/b] the few other Female AIs we know of,all of which [b]wear clothing[/b]. Of my 10+ years as a fan i haven't see anybody faun after cortana and her body. Everything is about her and the connection she shares with John.

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It doesn't seem particularly fair to permaban pumped-up teenage boys from acting like immature sexists when that is exactly what the game has trained them to be

I started playing the game when i was in middle school. Where in the world does it "train you" to act like a sexist? I would expect to see that said about Grand Theft Auto or the way parents raise their children. Not Halo. In Halo CE a Female polite by the callsign "FoeHammer" has near legendary status with the community. Doctor Halsey is central to everything in the universe because [b]she is the smartest human alive and saved humanity from extinction twice[/b]. So where in the game is it "training" you to be a sexist? If so they failed because The game/universe inherently portrays women to be superior than men. I suggest you read an [i]actual[/i] article on cortana [url=http://haruspis.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/halo-4-cortana-feminism/]here[/url].

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Let's start with Master Chief. Like many super heroes, you never see this guy's face (or any of the rest of his body). He's well protected by the equivalent of a wearable tank.....the Chief is strictly focused on what he perceives as his duty as a man.

Um. John is a part of a Super Soldier program that was Lead by a [b]woman[/b] known as Catherine Halsey to stop a massive rebellion within the colonies. The Spartan Program was created,The rebels (Innies) were stopped, and the armor was only given decades later when the covenant showed up. Plenty of women were in the program as well and [b]have the same armor[/b]. So that was completely stupid and incorrect. The armor is worn [b]to protect him[/b] nothing to do with "his manhood" which he has no concept of because he has been fighting since the age of 6.

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In much the same way that a prison guard gains some emotional distance by donning a pair of dark sunglasses--so the convicts cannot see his eyes--characters like Batman and Master Chief's identity-masking erases those elements unique to an individual.

The Novels describe his looks in great detail and you even see him as a child in the comics "The fall of reach". Also,several of the Avengers know who batman is and have seen him break down several times. Again, you have no idea what you are talking about.

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After all, a "real man" shuns special treatment and consideration; the macho ethos is always about "doing what any man would have done," not what only someone with a deep emotional attachment would do. If we want to indulge in stereotypes for a moment, it's easy enough to see how Master Chief represents a very common fantasy for boys, particularly those who don't have much confidence. Being in a suit like Master Chief's makes you incredibly strong, tough, and, most importantly, concealed, so that you are protected physically as well as from those discouraging stares or dismissive glances (whether real or imagined).

This are super soldiers that hardly grasp the concept of humanity. You are forcing all of this crap on their characters without any context of universal support. The Spartans Hardly lose battles so when they do a reaction is just silence. When John though he lost all of his brothers and sisters on reach he was hurt,deeply. But he didn't break down crying because they were trained to accept losses. He showed more [b]clear[/b] emotion with cortana's death than his own kin and he has only known her for a few months. Why is that? because cortana has saved his ass several times and he is well aware of that. The whole sub-plot with halo 4 (which you failed to comprehend) is that a machine is more human than a actual man. Cortana displays emotions during situations that you would expect from chief. Such has expressing not knowing what to do next,being phased when humans just combust in front of him, or even worrying if he'll lose. Cortana displayed all of that,and more while the chief did not. There was even a cinematic with her commenting on him being a machine,which he is. The emotion isn't displayed because of how the military brought him up not because he is a "macho man".

I would love to see how you explain the several dozen (and now hundred with the S-IVs) women that wear the MJOLNIR armor as he. They sure aren't doing it to be "manly".

Quote:

Here we have the game's only real female character, and she's almost the total opposite of the male image of Master Chief.

Do you have any knowledge about the series whatsoever? This is the FIRST GAME of the new saga. Halsey has a major role in the game but it wasn't critical to the campaign because that was about John and Cortana. If you want to talk about "real" Female characters look at the roles women played in the last few games and write about that. Specifically Foehammer,Anders,Halsey,Kat, and Miranda.
Do you know why cortana is opposite of chief? because she is more human than he is despite being a machine. That can't even be called "Sub-text" because that is literally what the game is about.

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she's practically naked, and when she's on screen, the camera pays close attention to her rich facial expressions and exaggerated curves.

WTF? She is a computer screen and is only a female because it choses to be such. Rich curves? Have you even met any women in "real life" or seen them in other games? Halo does a perfect job of NOT portraying women as sex idols the examples being those i just stated. Cortana looks like the AVERAGE women with the richness being in her character,not her body. if you truly found her curves to be "rich" then i assume you must not spend a lot of time around women,at all.

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She is completely and utterly dependent on the Chief for protection as well as mobility--he literally picks her up and plugs her into his suit. In perhaps the final insult to females in this game, it's emphasized that even her individuality is an illusion; she can be copied again and again when the need arises. Finally, she is even denied rationality, and becomes increasingly less coherent and more dependent on Master Chief until the closing credits (and a poignant moment I won't spoil here).

Um, you seem to be fully incapable of grasping that she is a computer program. The reason cortana is plugged in inside of wirelessly hacking everything is so you and chief can see her face. Though you wouldn't know, she actually Likes being outside of his suit where she feels limited. No she cannot copy herself, doing so causes great risks which is why she said "chief,you aren't going to like what i am about to do". It clearly did not feel good and she explained that by ejecting her RAMPANT PERSONALITY CORES she could overload the Didact's shields. Which worked and is the reason she ended up dying. I don't understand why you are writing an article in the "name of feminism" when you have no fucking clue as to what you are talking about. You are wrong from a universe and ethical standpoint. The only people that would agree with any of this nonsense are people that say yes to anything they read without understanding. which is the mindset you more or less had as this article contains no universe knowledge or context. I can't even believe you played the game.

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Cortana's lack of a physical body also protects Master Chief from the need to be physically intimate with her; by her very nature, her being and his affection for her can only be conceptualized, not consummated.

My mind is blown by this train of thought as it was when i saw "her". So when a person likes a women for her body they are "X" and "Y" ignoring the fact that biologically we are to be attracted to certain sets more than others. but again, ignoring actual logic. So when you like a person for just their mind you are still a negative "X" and "Y"? i can't comprehend this. I thought by having a connection with cortana,despite not having a body, showed how irrlevent that all was. Chief likes cortana because of cortana. He isn't looking at her "Rich curves" because she is literally in his head most of the time.

So how are we suppose to like people? You can't like them for biological reasons and you can't like them for their mentality. should we like them for the clothes they wear or how much money they have? Maybe, we should all stop talking and wear spongebob suits over our bodies! That way we don't know what anybody looks like or what they think like. We can base our love purely off the chances of meeting each other by being at the right place,at the right time. Jesus i could go on about how stupid this is.

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While chivalric traditions might seem to celebrate and protect women by placing them on a pedestal, it also denies them the right to their body and sexuality.

She is a computer. She literally cannot nor has she a body. Therefore she is placed on a pedestal based on mental wit, not physical prowess, which i thought was something to be supported.

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Is the game sexist? I wouldn't talk about it in those terms.

You shouldn't even be talking about the game. You'd do a better job of explaining the Two old people in the pornhub commercial than acting like a pseudo-intellectual.

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I think it's simply more symptomatic of the latent sexual anxieties experienced by the young men who tend to buy these games more than any conspiracy or sexist attitudes on the part of the studio.I do wonder, though, if games that indulge and immerse us so deeply in these pubescent fantasies might in some way retard our emotional and sexual development.

You aren't even a women nor a Fan of the universe. Therefore, you have no concrete reasoning to even assume the Fanbase is sexist. Which,if it were, They wouldn't want cortana back so desperately because "Her and Chief are the plot". The only "Fantasy" i could think of is me fucking a Dell while staring at an image of Kim Kardashin. That is the only "fantasy" to come out of cortana.

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Halo 4 presents the ideal woman as, literally just an idea, whose very identity, individuality, and physicality, are all either denied or rendered suspect--all the while protecting the male ego behind a near-indestructible and opaque set of body armor--well, it can't be good, now, can it?

Would you elaborate the fate of the humans NOT wearing the Armor John is? I expect to see a far lot more of them dead.

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His remark that soldiers makes him seem weak and barely worthy to be in the same room.

Complete BS and that was never ever stated anywhere. He said it was his duty to serve humanity.

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but Iron Man has an alter ego- We thus get to see their weaker, more emotional side

Yes, Where stark goes around fucking every women he can find before his next meeting,aliens included.

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I imagine relatively fewer of us have fantasized about being Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne. While some of us as boys might have resisted either of these characters--"Just get back to crime fighting, Batman!" or whatever, they did provide some wholesome balance. What a game like Halo 4 might be imparting to the boys and young men, though, I shudder to think.

What lifestyle to you have to live to seriously think that more kids want to be the Master chief than Batman or Iron man? You do understand they have halloween costumes that are worn by thousands EVERY YEAR right? There isn't even a mock-up chief suit on the mass market. Halo 4 actually shows that you are suppose to have emotions and show them. I think you probably wrote this nonsense article to impress your dell, i wonder if your Floppy disk made it into the Hard-drive that night.

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