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The dilemma for Anna May Wong was increasingly obvious. Despite her triumph in The Thief of Bagdad and continued good reviews in mediocre productions, her career was stalled in Hollywood. True, she was now a staple in movie magazines, with full-page spreads appearing regularly. But her chances of moving up from supporting or featured player to star were improbable. Production codes against interracial kissing meant that she could not graduate to star billing, even in films with Orientalist themes. Rather, she had to watch as less talented white women took the roles that might have given her more fame, and at least more sympathetic parts. Despite her great beauty, she was cast as a prostitute, an opium dealer, or simply as insignificant color. Her final scenes featured suicide by knife or death by overdose of opium.
Anna May Wong: From Laundryman’s Daughter to Hollywood Legend (Graham Russell Gao Hodges)

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The dilemma for Anna May Wong was increasingly obvious. Despite her triumph in The Thief of Bagdad and continued good reviews in mediocre productions, her career was stalled in Hollywood. True, she was now a staple in movie magazines, with full-page spreads appearing regularly. But her chances of moving up from supporting or featured player to star were improbable. Production codes against interracial kissing meant that she could not graduate to star billing, even in films with Orientalist themes. Rather, she had to watch as less talented white women took the roles that might have given her more fame, and at least more sympathetic parts. Despite her great beauty, she was cast as a prostitute, an opium dealer, or simply as insignificant color. Her final scenes featured suicide by knife or death by overdose of opium.

Anna May Wong: From Laundryman’s Daughter to Hollywood Legend (Graham Russell Gao Hodges)

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derekhetrickart replied to your post:The one thing that makes me laugh most about…

I still love this breakdown from the Super Metroid strategy guide that makes the power suit look plausible: tinyurl.com/oqkdgqv Also I think one of the games mentioned suit liquefying her when in morph ball mode which is horrifying

I’ve seen this, and I love it.
Man, I just. I love old video game art so much.

She wa sa FUCKING BEAST and this is the only legit canon of her I will accept.

Best Samus. This Samus is why I react so negatively to Zero Suit Samus. Keep your sexualized man fantasies AWAY from her!

But, what about her Justin Bailey Suit?

She has always been a pretty lady under that power suit! Wouldn’t she have to be a bit more humanized before sexualized? She doesn’t have much of a personality. So since she happens to not be unnatractive, she’s sexualized?
I guess we could say as soon as we found out Samus was a female she was sexualized.

That’s only really been a very recent thing officially speaking. Her pin ups in Brawl were in the classic boob butt pose, and more recently seen with Other M and the new Smash Bros.
We knew she was a woman since the first game, and here’s a wonderful collection of official samus artwork in the early days. And another, and another. Nintendo seemingly went out of their way until brawl make sure Samus was a strong character who happened to be a woman rather than a sex object.
Once upon a time, Samus was broad shouldered, 6 foot 3, and was built muscular and her being a woman was something that was discovered rather than advertised.
Fast forward towards Metroid Prime and Smash Bros Brawl. Metroid has always been successful in the west, but never a big hit in the east. A likely theory? Nintendo takes their leading lady and dolls her up to use her sexuality to appeal to the the east.
Now she’s gotten her breasts enlarged twice, her physique has been redone entirely from the muscular specimen we see above to the slim super model physique we are now recently accustomed to, then she was given impractical high heels, and some one thought she also needed a little beauty mark on her chin (which was not there until after Prime).
Now, of course you can be a beautiful person and be strong, and beauty does not automatically equate to being a sex object, that’d be silly to say, but you can’t ignore all of Samus’ very recent design direction changes, which again, only started with Brawl, and say it’s been this way from the beginning because it really hasn’t.
The above picture from yesterday shows a woman who is taller, more muscular, and heavier than I am, and Zero Suit Samus from Smash Bros simply isn’t that. With high heels.

^ This, sums up my thoughts perfectly

ally-gator-animator:

krudman:

terminalmontage:

paperwaspnest:

dicksweredinner:

krudman:

I still love this breakdown from the Super Metroid strategy guide that makes the power suit look plausible: tinyurl.com/oqkdgqv Also I think one of the games mentioned suit liquefying her when in morph ball mode which is horrifying

I’ve seen this, and I love it.

Man, I just. I love old video game art so much.

She wa sa FUCKING BEAST and this is the only legit canon of her I will accept.

Best Samus. This Samus is why I react so negatively to Zero Suit Samus. Keep your sexualized man fantasies AWAY from her!

But, what about her Justin Bailey Suit?

She has always been a pretty lady under that power suit! Wouldn’t she have to be a bit more humanized before sexualized? She doesn’t have much of a personality. So since she happens to not be unnatractive, she’s sexualized?

I guess we could say as soon as we found out Samus was a female she was sexualized.

That’s only really been a very recent thing officially speaking. Her pin ups in Brawl were in the classic boob butt pose, and more recently seen with Other M and the new Smash Bros.

We knew she was a woman since the first game, and here’s a wonderful collection of official samus artwork in the early days. And another, and another. Nintendo seemingly went out of their way until brawl make sure Samus was a strong character who happened to be a woman rather than a sex object.

Once upon a time, Samus was broad shouldered, 6 foot 3, and was built muscular and her being a woman was something that was discovered rather than advertised.

Fast forward towards Metroid Prime and Smash Bros Brawl. Metroid has always been successful in the west, but never a big hit in the east. A likely theory? Nintendo takes their leading lady and dolls her up to use her sexuality to appeal to the the east.

Now she’s gotten her breasts enlarged twice, her physique has been redone entirely from the muscular specimen we see above to the slim super model physique we are now recently accustomed to, then she was given impractical high heels, and some one thought she also needed a little beauty mark on her chin (which was not there until after Prime).

Now, of course you can be a beautiful person and be strong, and beauty does not automatically equate to being a sex object, that’d be silly to say, but you can’t ignore all of Samus’ very recent design direction changes, which again, only started with Brawl, and say it’s been this way from the beginning because it really hasn’t.

The above picture from yesterday shows a woman who is taller, more muscular, and heavier than I am, and Zero Suit Samus from Smash Bros simply isn’t that. With high heels.

^ This, sums up my thoughts perfectly