Boob armour: Sexist and deadly

Last updated 14:32 10/05/2013
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Wonder Woman and Alexstrasza from World of Warcraft are wearing death traps, not protection.

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Women's fashion in comic books and computer games has a tendency to veer towards the utterly ridiculous.

Artists and designers seem addicted to dressing their female characters in anything that highlights gravity-defying breasts.

Basically, the skimpier the better.

Boob-shaped armour is currently riding high in fantasy circles, barely covering every fierce warrior woman who takes up a sword.

Unfortunately for women, these shapely breast plates don't just encourage leering men, they could also kill them (the wearers not the pervs). 

Writer Emily Asher-Perrin has taken apart the concept with gusto, proving boob armour is as useful as a padded bra in battle.

She writes on Tor.com:

"Armour should be designed so that the blade glances off your body, away from your chest. If your armour is breast-shaped, you are in fact increasing the likelihood that a blade blow will slide inward, toward the centre of your chest, the very place you are trying to keep safe.

"But that's not all! Let's say you even fall onto your boob-conscious armour. The divet separating each breast will dig into your chest, doing you injury. It might even break your breastbone. With a strong enough blow to the chest, it could fracture your sternum entirely, destroying your heart and lungs, instantly killing you.

"It is literally a death trap - you are wearing armour that acts as a perpetual spear directed at some of your most vulnerable body parts. It's just not smart."

Artists and designers take note.

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