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{May 01, 2015}   Sexualized depiction of women in SuperTuxKart 0.9

It has been recently discussed in Debian-Women and Debian-Games mailing lists, but for all of you who don’t read those mailing lists and might have kids or use free games with kids in the classroom, or stuff like that, I thought it might be good to talk about it here.

SuperTuxKart is a free 3D kart racing game, similar to Mario Kart, with a focus on having fun over realism. The characters in the game are the mascots of free and open source projects, except for Nolok, who does not represent a particular open source project, but was created by the SuperTux Game Team as the enemy of Tux.

On April 21, 2015, version 0.9 (not yet in Debian) was released which used the Antarctica graphics engine (a derivative of Irrlicht) and enabled better graphics appearance and features such as dynamic lighting, ambient occlusion, depth of field, and global illumination.

Along with this new engine comes a poster with a sexualized white woman is wearing an outfit that can be depicted as a mix of Native american clothes from different nation and a halo of feathers, as well as many models of her in a bikini swim suit, all along the game, even in the hall of the airport.

They say an image is worth more than a thousand words, don’t they?


Joeyh says:

So they’ve even sexualized the token female character “sarah”.

Who, even in past versions, has been a very strange choice. If that character didn’t exist, it would be easy to see most any of the other characters as female; none of them seem paricularly gendered. But with that token female character inserted, the message seems to be “all the others are male (so it’s a male sport), and oh, they’re cooler than this girl”.

Kete says:

Thanks for sharing

Lesse says:

@joeyh here you can read the explanation from the developers https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-games/2015/05/msg00029.html

For everyone else, please play the game and don’t judge from a couple of screenshot taken with malice.

Jon says:

Those excuses in the end are actually terrible.
Just a heads up, if ppl can’t understand then not my prob.
But don’t say others didn’t warn you.

Miry says:

You can find the patches to remove Sara pants animation, the monkeys in Cocoa Temple and the women in bikini in Gran Paradisio Island at https://lists.debian.org/debian-women/2015/05/msg00033.html

Miry says:

Some more links:

“Sara our new kart [final version]” – http://forum.freegamedev.net/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=4627

“Sara first attempt to make an animation for the dress” – http://forum.freegamedev.net/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=4669

Jo Shields says:








“Oh for FUCK’S SAKE”

In that order.

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