Both Zoë Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian have dealt with a lot of hot garbage at the hands of sexists on the Internet (and IRL) whose "solutions" to women having voices in online spaces are harassment and abuse. They would each have every right to complain and be angry about their own trials. Instead, they are each using their experiences to fuel projects that make serving other women the focus.Read More
During the Women Online panel at VidCon last week, Anita Sarkeesian was asked why we still need to talk about the harassment of women online. So she pointed to her longtime harasser sitting in the front row.Read More
We are in desperate need of an antidote to the times in which we live. Thankfully, the folks at Feminist Frequency are providing one with their all-new series (and follow-up to the recently-ended Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games) The FREQ Show. The first episode, "Whitewashing," was released this week, and you can check it out after the jump!Read More
Five years ago, back when Feminist Frequency was a simple YouTube show, and two years before "Gamergate," feminist pop culture critic, Anita Sarkeesian posted what she thought would be a modest crowdfund. She launched a Kickstarter campaign for a video series she called "Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games." Today, thanks to the campaign being anything but modest, she has posted the final video in the two-season series.Read More
[VIDEO]: Anita Sarkeesian Talks Bob’s Burgers, Feminist Frequency, and the Importance of Safe Geek Spaces
While still small when compared to cons like SDCC, in the past few years GeekGirlCon has gone from 2,500 attendees to over 11,000, which goes to show that this Seattle convention has become increasingly worth our time and attention. Another organization that has grown immensely in the past few years? Feminist Frequency, which has gone from labor of love started by Anita Sarkeesian on her own in her apartment to fully-fledged non-profit with a staff and several video projects in the works.Read More
In the newest Tropes vs. Women in Video Games video Feminist Frequency takes on the lack of body diversity we see in playable female characters.Read More
Dance your way through the trauma fields.
The first thing you notice about the new PlayStation 4 game Bound is just how mesmerizing and intriguing the animation is. Most of the game takes place in a constantly shifting psychological landscape which you navigate as a young dancer. It’s clear that the developers captured and studied the motions of a real dancer, and at times, the character’s movement might seem overly elaborate and even distracting.Read More
Two weeks ago, Feminist Frequency launched a crowdfunding campaign for Ordinary Women, our new video series about incredible, defiant women throughout history, and we're pleased to say that we’re on our way, having raised over $73,000 from more than 1,200 supporters so far.Read More
This episode focuses on the techniques that developers and designers often use to highlight women's butts in order to objectify and sexualize them.Read More
It's a shame that we even need a resource like this, but it's great that it exists. Feminist Frequency's Anita Sarkeesian, together with Women, Action & the Media founder Jaclyn Friedman and reproductive justice activist Renee Bracey Sherman have gotten together to create a thorough online resource for victims of online harassment.Read More
Wait, there are dudes over there? Yes. There are dudes over there.
When we think of Feminist Frequency, we think of Anita Sarkeesian, and while it's true that, in the beginning, this was pretty much a one-woman operation, as FemFreq has grown, it's become a team of people. Some of those people are even *gasp* DUDES!Read More
The UN released a lengthy report today about the types of online harassment and cyber crimes that are perpetrated primarily against women and girls, then hosted an event at which several speakers discussed the state of gendered violence online; Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian spoke at that meeting today, and their names also appear in the report, alongside the names of several other women who've had similar experiences.Read More
Add this to the other reasons store exclusives and DLC are often the worst.
In a supplemental add-on to the recent Tropes vs. Women in Video Games episode on women's bodies being treated as rewards, Anita Sarkeesian takes a (sometimes NSFW) look at store bonuses and DLC that offer players the chance to sex-up (read: objectification-up) their games.Read More
We all knew this one was coming.
"Content Warning: This educational episode contains game footage of a graphic sexual nature."Read More
You may recall Ian Danskin, the one-man videographer behind Innuendo Studios, from his short documentary This Is Phil Fish (a meditation on internet celebrity that's still worth a watch). Danskin has returned with another YouTube documentary called Why Are You So Angry, published in six parts on his channel.Read More
"This is a real person, and she deserves respect."
Last week, iTunes released Shannon Sun-Higginson's documentary GTFO: The Movie to the general public. In an interview with TIME, the director discussed her goals and the process of making the film about women in gaming.Read More
Overgrown Toddler Plasters E3 With Posters Calling Anita Sarkeesian a ‘Freak,’ Meanwhile She’s Having the Time of Her Life
This year's E3 in Los Angeles has been full of goodies. Feminst Frequency's Anita Sarkessian is there taking in the sights and probably having way too much fun to care about one silly goose.Read More
The death threat you're about to hear in this tape comes from Columbus, Ohio. The prosecuting attorney in that district is Ron O’Brien. If he wished, he could bring criminal charges against this man by the end of the day. I have an employee at my company whose entire job it is to research and catalogue these threats for law enforcement. And yet, terrifyingly, nothing has been done.Read More
New Feminist Frequency Video in “Positive Female Characters” Series Examines Ubisoft’s Beyond Good & Evil
The second episode of Feminist Frequency’s new Positive Female Characters series continues to showcase awesome representation in gaming by looking at the importance of Jade, the protagonist of Ubisoft's 2003 game Beyond Good & Evil.Read More
Twitter Harassment Is Not Just a Joss Whedon Problem: The Age of Ultron Director Explains Why He Deleted His Account
Buzzfeed has asked the Avengers: Age of Ultron director why he left Twitter, and "harassment from feminists" was not his answer.Read More