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Ranger Re: Feminism

Given the heavily feminine concept of the Ranger series, the leading roles are largely driven by empowered women of various ethnicity, shapes & sizes, and orientations, comprising over 60% of the cast.

As a creative with wide-ranging interests from civil rights & politics to science & health to bboying & fashion, Ranger is a dense world. The series is as focused on social commentary & history as it is speculative technology and action.

As a feminist, something I wanted to address was an issue that has always particularly perturbed me – the “stripperific” portrayal of women in popular, mainstream media and comic books. For those unfamiliar with the term, the concept is well-defined by the guys and gals over at tvtropes.org.

I mean to balance utilitarian and fashion-forward fare and create a setting where near-future functionality and radical silhouettes are as important as the historical accuracy of the side-arms and the cool-ness of the robot suits– I am not interested in unnecessary over-sexualization. The female commandos from my US military series Ranger: FORSEC are not an inexplicably garbed stripper squad, they dress in appropriate military clothing and the robes and armor of the samouryu are based on real-life designs.

Want to Learn Japanese History? Start with Sengoku

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

Hi Sebastian

Happy new year!

I am hoping you would share your resources for your reading on Japanese history. Book titles and/or urls would be very helpful.

K

I got that a week ago, and I kind of sat there staring at the email. Japanese history is some of the most confusing to start to learn, because different elements of Japanese history and culture all play on and influence each other. I could run you through the military history of Japan from The Battle of Okehazama to Sekigahara to the Boshin War, from there into Dai Nippon Tekoku Era, from there into defeat and the Occupation under McArthur, and then we could do a little post-war history.

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