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Feminist Frequency

  1. New Feminist Frequency Video Is The First In Their New “Positive Female Characters” Series

    As much as it's important to call out the things that are wrong with representation in gaming, it's equally important to uplift the people who are doing things right. In this first episode of Feminist Frequency's new Positive Female Characters series, they look at the awesomeness of the Scythian, the protagonist of Capybara Games’ 2011 release Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.

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  2. TIME Names Anita Sarkeesian, Beyonce, J.K. Rowling and Other BAMFs the “30 Most Influential People on the Internet”

    A series of important tubes.

    TIME may not be down with Internet slang, but it did recently acknowledge a diverse and international group of people that are changing our world online and IRL as part of its "30 Most Influential People on the Internet" list.

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  3. Anita Sarkeesian’s “What I Couldn’t Say” About Harassment Starts With a Big F You. Literally.

    Years of harassment not only take a toll on a person, but the scrutiny you're forced to live under when an angry mob is just waiting for you to say something they can use against you can seriously alter the way you act in public. You have to be unreasonably careful about what you say, so Anita Sarkeesian made this speech at the "What I Couldn't Say" panel at the All About Women Festival in Sydney to give herself an outlet for everything she's been holding inside.

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  4. Indie Game TowerFall Bases Character On Anita Sarkeesian

    Also, you should just play TowerFall. It's great.

    Let's petition to make hoop earrings a growing trend in character design, because they are pretty awesome.

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  5. Why Pikachu Should Be President: A 10-Year-Old’s Very Important Essay

    "Super effective."

    [Editor's Note: The following was an essay written by Georgia Roberson, the daughter of Chris Roberson (iZombie) and his business partner/wife Allison Baker. It was originally posted on Roberson's tumblr and is republished here with permission. We think you're really, really going to love it.]

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  6. [UPDATED] Feminist Frequency Releases Its Annual Report, Sarkeesian Affirms Commitment to Fighting Online Harassment

    Mmmmm, numbers.

    Need a breath of hope for the video games industry, particularly the presence of women and women's voices within it and its community? Well, Feminist Frequency's 2014 backer report isn't all sunshine and rainbows... but it's got a few solid rays.

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  7. Watch Anita Sarkeesian and Brianna Wu Talk Misogyny in Gaming on Yesterday’s Nightline

    It's about ethics in late-night news journalism!

    First the Colbert Report. Now the world.

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  8. Joss Whedon & Anita Sarkeesian Meet, Have Laughs, Fight the Patriarchy

    Alternate title: Joss Whedon Casts Anita Sarkeesian in His Next Superhero Film "Feminism Force Five"

    Anita Sarkeesian is having a pretty good week. First she was featured in Intel's chief executive Brian M. Krzanich keynote speech as CES where the company took a strong stance against harassment in the industry and put forth a huge initiative towards diversity at their company. Now here she is chumming it up with our friend Joss Whedon! Where? Why? Who cares! This is awesome.

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  9. Intel Wants Diversity in the Workplace, Puts $300 Million Where Their Mouth Is

    "This isn't just good business, it's the right thing to do."

    What's the best way to help your image after accidentally taking sides in a gender-based smear campaign in the video game world? Put forth millions of dollars toward getting more women in the industry. Oh, and they promoted Feminist Frequency. I believe they call this a mic drop.

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  10. Feminist Frequency’s New Video Is “25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming While Male”

    Playing With Privilege.

    Anita Sarkeesian has released a new Feminist Frequency video—not in her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series, but under a new "Playing With Privilege" banner. The video, featuring DoubleFine's Tim Schafer and IGN's Greg Miller (among others), is based on Feminist Frequency producer Jonathan McIntosh's Polygon article about what it's like to game with male privilege.

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  11. Anita Sarkeesian Is Animated On The Cover Of Bloomberg As A “Video Game Avenger”

    Blastin' through tropes like the Kool-Aid Man.

    Ok, but what class of Social Justice Warrior is Video Game Avenger? Is that higher or lower than Feminist Mage? Plz advise.

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  12. [UPDATED] Did You Miss Anita Sarkeesian Talking Gamergate On Colbert? We’ve Got The Video For You.

    That happened.

    Creator of Feminist Frequency Anita Sarkeesian surprised us late Wednesday by tweeting this photo of herself sitting at the famous desk of The Colbert Report. Sure enough, just a few hours later she sat with Stephen Colbert himself to discuss the Gamergate movement and online harassment. And The Mary Sue has the video in case you missed it.

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  13. [UPDATED] HOLY FEMINIST FREQUENCY, BATMAN! Anita Sarkeesian is Going to Be On The Colbert Report TONIGHT!

    Anita Sarkeesian, the woman behind Feminist Frequency just tweeted this and I think I may cry I'm so happy.

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  14. You Can Watch Anita Sarkeesian’s XOXO Talk In Its Entirety Right Here

    Listen. Believe.

    "One of the most radical things you can do is to actually believe women when they talk about their experiences." [Trigger warning for rape threats and harassment.]  

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. [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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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