Lightning (FF XIII), alpha female and gender role (Part 1)

As the mid-year reached, it is a relatively calm period for me (just doing some paper reading, summarizing them and taking several machine learning courses) and I have a time to catch up with some update of Final Fantasy series. Last series I play is FF XII, which is quite some times ago. And hence these 1-2 weeks, I have a decent leisure time to watch all cutscenes from FF XIII, XIII-2 and XIII-3.

So, basically, at first, I was very disappointed with relatively dull gameplay at the first half of the game (in Cocoon) and extreme scenario (what a heck, you are a group of cursed people that being chased by entire world….how do you do buy and sell things in cities?). Also, lack of unique personality of the main heroine, Lightning, compared to previous FF series’ hero which I played (Cloud (FF VII), Zidane (FF IX) and Vaan (FF XII)). She do not display much emotion or interest or romance in anything or anyone…except that maybe she is the first FF main character who is female….She is a typical depiction of alpha female in game, without any visible weaknesses….which is freaking unreal.

However, as the game goes on, the story become more interesting as it involves demi gods, artificial intelligence and somehow Supreme God (who they called as Bhunivelze). I have to endure to nonsensical philosophical principles behind this story line as somehow Supreme God is unable to read (and even despise) human heart and emotion, possibility of humans and demigods to ‘kill’ (or freeze?) Supreme God, and a claim that humanity somehow can live without Supreme God (Yeah, I am sure 21 years old pinky-colored goddess, 18 years old time traveler, and 14 years old hockey player…who do not even old enough to possess national ID card somehow able to judge the world with their evil people fairly instead of Supreme Being who live forever).

Anyway, actually, despite all those nonsensical philosophy (which is a lot), I want to highlight and discuss its main character, Lightning. In real life, there is not a lot so-called alpha female like her. My definition of alpha female is a women who possess a lot of drive, dedication and talent in their chosen career. Of course, since 1960s, women have been entering workforce en masse and producing a lot of Lightning everywhere. This is also supported by the fact that most of the jobs which require great physical strength or dangerous jobs have been decreasing significantly because of continuous machinization and automation. Hence, there is not much gap between male and female workforce.

The other factor is the push for gender equality by ruling elites by various means, such as statistical propaganda (pay gap between male and female), negative campaign against default wife’s role as homemaker, unrealistic career expectation as ultimate life aspiration, promotion for egalitarianism in public school and policy, insane inflation rate (especially property) which necessitate both husband and wife working, and flawed ideology about human society.

And actually, religious organizations have already reacted and doing counter campaign for this domain. This is because most religious organization recognize family as fundamental building block of society. The Christian scripture has its most prominent passage about ideal homemaker in Proverbs 31. So, it seems that the war is set to categorize young women’s lifestyle into two paths – homemaker as prescribed by all societies since dawn of time and careerist women – taking a position of men in public institution like Lightning (by choice or by forcing circumstances).

Since I have already married, this is also personal life question for me. How should I react to this phenomena of emerging Lightnings in current society as Christian men and husband? I will continue the discussion on next article

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About edwinlt

I am currently Indonesian expatriate working in Singapore. I am currently working as security researcher in National University of Singapore. I write this blog to share to readers about my life principle on various aspects, like religion, politics, business, relationship, and technology. I am interested in alternative worldviews because I found that many things taught to us by establishments are not true and harmful. My dream is to become self-sufficient in food and energy. Hopefully, someday I can have my own fruit garden and my own power plant and able to sell my electricity to power company. I hope readers enjoy my blog.
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