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.
Clothing for characters will often be impractically sexy for its chosen application. Especially common in fantastic or exotic settings, where wardrobe rules are made up on the spot.
Spies will dress in a Spy Catsuit, even when the mission explicitly calls for them to not draw attention to themselves. Female warriors will charge into battle wearing a Chainmail Bikini. Bridge Bunnies on a military starship will be issued go-go boots and miniskirts with their uniforms.
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.
The only skin-tight outfits I intend these ladies to showcase are those meant for clandestine seaborne incursion.
The Ranger Kickstarter is planned to launch on March 8th, 2014, International Women's Day. Stay up to date with this blog for updates and developments until then. Coming up next Wednesday is a character bio for Reggie Honda, the "Bulletproof Bgirl" (from the banner!). See you all then!
"Mariya Gozen, Nipponese Special Skills Consultant"
"Sergeant Major Tressie Barrett, Unit Commander of SAWG Team 7"