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  1. Tropes vs. Women in Video Games: Women as Background Decoration

    Who doesn't love being reduced to furniture?

    Anita Sarkeesian is back with another video in her Tropes vs Women In Video Games series. Here, she examines women as background decoration in games, as furniture or sex objects--but please do note the content warning, because this video contains footage of extreme violence against women.

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  2. Today in Indie Comics: Lady Knights and Action Princesses

    The tumblrverse tends to get into these creative-concept hiveminds every four-to-six weeks: early this winter it was adorably grotesque monster girls, last month was "murdermaids," and now, with Game of Thrones season 4 looming on the horizon, it appears the internet is going gaga for women warriors and kick-butt queens and princesses. I am very, very okay with this. Besides dogbomber's lady knight generator, which The Mary Sue's Rebecca Pahle has already covered, a slew of indie web- and short-comics featuring lady knights and action princesses have been going viral or been reintroduced into our collective consciousness. In between binge-watching old Xena: Warrior Princess episodes on Netflix and digging out your childhood copies of The Paper Bag Princess and The Song of the Lioness, here are three webcomics featuring heroic courtly women you should absolutely read and support.

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  3. Things We Saw Today: Willy Wonka as the Doctor

    Things We Saw Today

    This makes so much sense. (by James Hance, available in short form on Blue Box Tees.

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  4. The Mary Sue’s 10 Most Talked-About Stories of 2013

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    2013 has given us some good, some bad, and some ugly, same as every year. Also the same as every year: Some of the stories we’ve posted have struck a chord with our community of readers and gotten you talking to the tune of thousands of comments in the last 12 months. We love you guys, have we said? With the year drawing to a close, we present to you the stories that most got your metaphorical tongues metaphorically wagging.

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  5. Tropes Vs. Women In Video Games Explores The “Ms. Male Character”

    To be fair, though, bows are pretty great.

    It's been over half a year since we brought you one of Feminist Fequency's Tropes Vs. Women In Video Games episodes and Anita Sarkeesian has done a number of them since, but we figured this new one is important. She's finally moved onto a new topic: namely, the tendency of designers to just slap a bow on an existing design to make it a female character.

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  6. Tropes vs Women In Video Games: Ms. Male Character and the Smurfette Principle

    This Exists... Because of A Lady

    Anita Sarkeesian is back with the fourth video in her Tropes vs Women In Video Games series. We've moved on from Damsels in Distress to a pair of separate but related tropes: The Smurfette Principle and Ms. Male Character. Ms. Pac-Man, this one's for you. Previously in Tropes vs Women in Video Games

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  7. Do we need Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminist Gaming Perspective? PBS Game/Show Says We Do

    Well, this should be a fun comments section!

    Anita Sarkeesian is a social activist and feminist whose main focus happens to be the lack of diverse female characters ad tropes in mainstream video games. Naturally, a lot of gamers think she's trying to kill everything they love and hate her on sight. PBS Game/Show and Jamin Warren won't stand for that, of course.

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  8. Microsoft Comments On Xbox Rape Joke Controversy At E3

    Consider the Following

    Microsoft has responded to accusations one of their game producers used a rape joke in a recent presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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  9. Things We Saw Today: X-Men Poster Is As Dark And Brooding As The Wolverine Will Be

    Things We Saw Today

    Marko Manev's new X-Men print is very noir-- I half expected the title to be "The Maltese Phoenix." Check it out over at Slashfilm

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  10. Things We Saw Today: Thor Can Prance If He Wants To

    Things We Saw Today

      The mystery of Thor's workout routine has been revealed thanks to the YouTube channel Everyday Thor.

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