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Feminist Frequency

Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Willy Wonka as the Doctor

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

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This Exists... Because of A Lady

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

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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This Exists... Because of A Lady

Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games: Damsels in Distress Part 3

Welcome to the third installment of Feminist Frequency’s investigation of gendered tropes in video games, where we’re still, probably not surprisingly, covering all the bases of the Damsel in Distress: including the not-quite-equivalency of role reversals and the unhelpfulness “ironic” sexism. I know from personal experience that the latter is one of those concepts that still escapes a lot of folks. Enjoy!

Previously in Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games

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Consider the Following

Microsoft Comments On Xbox Rape Joke Controversy At E3

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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Things We Saw Today

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

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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This Exists... Because of A Lady

Anita Sarkeesian Presents: Damsels in Distress Part 2

From Anita Sarkeesian, the woman behind Feminist Frequency, comes Part 2 of her Kickstarter based series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games (get caught up with Part 1 here). There are tons of video games examined in this latest video (check out the description on the YouTube page for a very nice list showing which ones may be spoiled for you if you watch), from 1988′s Splatterhouse, to the more recent Borderlands 2.

Sarkeesian’s first entry in this series received over one million views on YouTube and like before, comments are wisely disabled on this latest installment. If you need a reason why, shortly after the video was uploaded, Sarkeesian tweeted this message, “Looks like my harassers abused YouTube’s flag function to get my new Tropes vs Women video removed. Not the first time it’s happened.” [Editor's note: We'd hoped the video would be back up already but it's not. We will update as soon as it is. In the meantime, you can read the transcript.] [Edit: The video is back up!]

Trigger warning: the video contains scenes of violence against women.

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We Can't Have Nice Things

Why Is Everyone On The Internet So Angry?


Everyone on the Internet is mean. Seriously, every single person who has ever booted up a computer is a total jerk, and that is the only plausible explanation for the vitriol of YouTube users, the violent comments hurled at feminist pop culture critic Anita Sarkeesian, and just the general garbage spewed on Twitter all of the time. At least, that would be the easy explanation behind our culture’s predisposition to online flame wars. As it turns out, the answer to what makes us all so mean on the Internet, and what to do about it, is fairly nuanced, and a difficult problem to fix.

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Jay Smooth Responds to the Nasty Responses to Feminist Frequency’s Kickstarter [Video]

We all know that the response to Anita Sarkeesian‘s online harassment over her Kickstarter campaign has been supportive, but sometimes, it’s just great to see someone say those words out loud and make some goshdamn sense for once. That is what Jay Smooth (aka John Randolph) did in his most recent installment of Ill Doctrine, his video blog. And we think it’s a reassuring and positive way to end a week of otherwise gnarly internet behavior — with someone with something good to say.

(via Ill Doctrine on Vimeo)

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The All-Too-Familiar Harassment Against Feminist Frequency, and What The Gaming Community Can Do About It

Over the past week, Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency has been subject to some truly vicious harassment, the kind that only the internet can deliver. Sarkeesian is currently running a Kickstarter project to fund a new video series called Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. The associated YouTube video has been flooded with thousands of hateful comments, a sampling of which can be found on the Feminist Frequency website (warning: graphic language).

Whether or not you like Sarkeesian’s work is utterly moot. You might disagree with some of her points. You might disagree with all of her points. You might even vehemently disagree. That’s not the issue here. The issue lies in this: A woman declared her intent to publicly voice her opinions about video games. For that, she was called a bitch, a whore, a slut, a cunt, a dyke, and a baffling assortment of racial slurs. She was threatened with violence, rape, and death. She was told to shut her mouth, get back in the kitchen, and die of cancer. Her video was repeatedly flagged for terrorism in an effort to get YouTube to pull it. Her Wikipedia page was defaced with pornography and profanity. All for the crime of being a woman talking about women in video games. No, not for being a woman talking about video games. For being a woman who had announced that she would, at some point in the future, be talking about video games.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Avengers Dresses

Robinade has back and front views of dresses for each Avenger (and Loki, Fury, and Coulson). I’d love to rock the Iron Man one. (Tumblr)

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