June 4, 2013 by Kira Lyn Blue
You may or may not have noticed all the hubub over the recent cover of the SFWA published The Bulletin which depicted a loincloth and bra-clad “warrior woman” in a snow scape.
Now, I’m not fundamentally opposed to depictions of warrior women in skimpy armor. I am violently opposed to the justifications for the cover that Resnick and Malzberg provided when confronted with opposition to the cover. They failed to recognize a call for change and and stomped all over dissenting opinions, only succeeding in proving they’re sexist assholes. (Incidentally, John Scalzi the SFWA President recently posted this apology on the issue.)
That doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate provocatively cut armor. For those of you who don’t know, I play World of Warcraft and I have redressed my characters in what are sometimes called “armorkinis” just because I can.
Allow me to introduce, Lunemental, my Pandaren restoration shaman in her vibrant gear:
You may not be able to tell, but the silly pose is because she’s dancing. Because her top, while showing some serious panda cleavage is sooooo much better than what her actual gear looks like:
BA-CAWK! I’m a friggin’ chicken!
Oh, but lest we let the Pandaren have all the fun, my Death Knight has an even better get up. Presenting Pipskweek!
Yep, that’s a gnome in a plate armor bikini. I totally did it just to freak out my raiding buddies. If this isn’t an argument for how ludicrous armorkinis are, I don’t know what is. Be glad I decided against including a picture of the rear view of this ensemble.
And here we have the Pipster in traditional Death Knight Garb.
Now, that’s a gnome you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley!