Are femme fatales a thing of the past?

Spy films are tiring of the old femme fatale. For the movie Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), apathy and demoralization may have extinguished sexual desire, making sexual tactics defunct. Or at least that’s what Samantha Hinds argues in the New Inquiry.

The new style in spy cinema has been one of a tactical sexuality that is corporatized and weaponized. […] Tinker in its new iteration can be read as a lament over the depletion of tactical sexuality. Libido, having been abused and corrupted, is finally drained.

Videogamers often cite a similar apathy towards sexualized imagery in games; being so prevalent, sexual imagery has been depleted of its excitement and “titillation.” It makes me a little sad to think that we’re like these spies in a way—so stimulated that even sex is banal. Perhaps to fight this desensitization, we need more games that focus on the quiet moments to resensitize ourselves. 


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