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Feminist Frequency

  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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games: Damsels in Distress Part 3

    This Exists... Because of A Lady

    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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Anita Sarkeesian Presents: Damsels in Distress Part 2

    This Exists... Because of A Lady

    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. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  10. Why Is Everyone On The Internet So Angry?

    We Can't Have Nice Things

    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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