Woman in game

I’m sure you’ve read this:

Spider-Man 2 star Kirsten Dunst ordered video game designers to tone down the animated version of her character Mary Jane – because they gave her over-inflated breasts.

The actress was asked to give her approval for the sequel’s new merchandise and had to chastise the game’s saucy creators.

She says: “I got to approve the video game, the way she looks. They made her boobs gigantic. I was like, ‘Tone down the boobs, please!” It was a little ridiculous.”

(That’s pretty much the whole article, but if you insist, I got it here.)

It can be seen as a blow against the rampant oversexualisation of women in games, but somehow I think that would be reading too much into this: it’s not as if Hollywood movies only ever focus on the nice personalities of young actresses. (I’d link to a picture of Ms. Dunst in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind if I could find one fast enough.) Maybe there’s less here than meets the eye.

This is the perfect opportunity to mention that Robin recently quoted something really interesting about oversexualisation of in-game characters.

(Alas, Jamie hasn’t mentioned the Kirsten Dunst story yet as far as I can see, but he did mention the undersexualisation of game developers.)