Monday, April 21, 2014

Flipping the Script

Dudes in Distress

The damsel in distress trope is one that has been ridden hard and often for hundreds of years. The common thought is a screaming woman being tied to railroad tracks by a mustached villain, awaiting her heroic male savior or the skilled male character overcoming a number of odds only to be told that his "princess is in another castle".

Luckily that trope has been turned upside down for a long time. There are still damsel, but there have been, and continue to be, men that need to be rescued by women both psychologically and physically. It's an interesting and great take on masculinity since the general belief is that a man doesn't need help, especially from a woman, It's great for men and women to see that saving someone isn't gender exclusive.

I'll recommend watching the video below detailing a few instances of the damsel in distress trope in gaming both old and new as well as explanations of the damsel in distress trope through history. (The video is simply a number of examples and explanations and every view is not necessarily my own)

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