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Anita Sarkeesian

  1. [UPDATED] A Disheartening Account Of The Harassment Going On In Gaming Right Now (And How Adam Baldwin Is Involved)

    AKA, an actual depression quest.

    This month has been terrible in every concieveable sense of the word, in some part due to the rapidly escalating harassment of prominent feminists in gaming. Every time you think it's at its peak and things might start to cool down, jerks on the Internet ensure that it all ramps right back up again, to the point where we weren't sure how to cover the story because we didn't even know where to start. In case you haven't been following, here's what's been going on.

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  2. Joss Whedon: Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminist Frequency “Is Just Truth-Telling. Deal.”

    You've been Jossed. No, wait, that's something different.

    A new Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games installment hit the web on Monday, and with it came the requisite (in the oh-of-course sense, not the this-should-actually-happen sense) wave of backlash against creator Anita Sarkeesian. If you're one of those people who gives Sarkeesian hell because "she's just listing things you could find on Wikipedia!," Joss Whedon thinks you're missing the point.

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  3. Tropes vs. Women in Video Games: Woman as Background Decoration, Part 2

    In the sixth video of the Feminist Frequency Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games series, Anita Sarkeesian expands upon the ideas from her last video—"Woman as Background Decoration"—and remarks on how female bodies are often seen both as sexual objects and as victims of male violence. Please note the content warning for graphic sexual and violent game footage.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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