Here’s an annotated list of links to galleries, sites, and articles that I’ve found discussing intelligent armor and other adventuring attire for fantasy heroines. Categorized, but not in any particular order. I’ll be sure to add more as the blog progresses.
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Articles on the topic of smart women’s armor:
- “Why do you hate the shape of breasts in plate armor so much?”
This was the blog post that first gave me pause in regards to the dangers of sculpted women’s breastplates. Boob-plate was something I’d seen in fantasy art and video games before, but not something I’d given any real thought to one way or another. But since then it’s something I’ve made a point of watching for in women’s adventuring gear.
- “Because It Would Kill You.”
Another excellent article I found in regards to women’s boob plate. This one offers commentary on the misogyny inherent in a lot of the assumptions behind objections to boob-shaped armor. I like, however, the author’s willingness to compromise, offering boob-plate as acceptable in costuming and decorative armors.
- Natural Selection 2, women’s armor
An article by Wired about Unknown World’s Natural Selection 2 and their decision to give their women characters the same armor as the men. It’s a fairly brief discussion, but it offers insight into their rationale for shunning boob plate and other forms of women’s armor designed for titillation rather than protection.
- Drawing Women, part 1
Part one of a five-part series on some of the inherent problems with how women are drawn and portrayed in comic book and similar art. This first part deals specifically with women’s armor and adventuring attire.
- Repair Her Armor
A well-conceived Tumblr where readers submit examples of “broken” (sexualized) women’s armor, largely from comics and video games, for other users to repair digitally or in their own artwork and resubmit. The author also posts reader’s submissions of unbroken armor, as well as discussions and links to pertinent articles.
- Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor
Though sadly now defunct, Women Fighters was what initially opened my thinking up to the countless bad attire choices found so often in art, comics, games, movies, and others. The Tumblr featured many examples of smart, practical attire, assuring readers that reasonable armor isn’t as hard to find if you know where to look.
- Armored Women
A Reddit of art and photos of women in armor. Largely Medieval and fantasy, but there are also some excellent designs of women in modern and sci-fi armor. All in all, far sexier than any pornography.
- Women’s Armor: Done Right
A smart Tumblr full of artwork of women in practical armor. Focuses mainly on artwork from popular media, such as from Paizo and Wizards of the Coast.
- Fuck Yeah! Women in Armor
Another excellent image Tumblr featuring assorted images of smart warrior women in practical armor. (Yes, I realize there’s a pattern here.)
- Shield Maidens
A Pinterest gallery of women warriors from movies and artwork, mainly medieval fantasy. While much of the attire is smart and practical, the blog’s focus is more on empowerment than on sartorial intelligence, and thus not all of the outfits are ideal.
- Character Portraits
An image Tumblr of artistic visualizations of people’s RPG heroines. Also focuses mainly on medieval fantasy.
Satire and parodies:
- Clothes I’m forced to wear in MMORPGs
A light, humorous take on some of the costuming in so many popular MMOs.