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Feminist Frequency

  1. Zelda Williams Returns To Social Media While YouTube’s PewDiePie Turns Off Comments Forever

    If you think you're seeing more stories about people being jerks or otherwise getting up to criminal mischief online, you'd be right. But it's not because it's happening more often, it's because more people are taking a stand against it.

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  2. Hundreds of Game Developers Sign an Open Letter to End Hate in the Gaming Community

    Be excellent to each other.

    It hasn't exactly been a great time to be a gamer lately—except for huge, gross gaming trolls, who seem to be having a blast taunting people, making threats, and generally being the worst. But those trolls are now the target of an open letter from the gaming community's creators to its fans, asking them to end intolerance for the good of everyone.

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  3. [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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  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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