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Old March 9 2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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Feminist Frequency's Tropes vs. Women

Anita Sarkeesian is the creator of the website Feminist Frequency. Feminist Frequency is a video webseries that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. In May 2012, she started a kickstarter campaign to raise money to create a new series looking into the roles that women play in video games. She asked for $6,000. She ended up receiving more than $150,000.

Unfortunately, despite overwhelming support for this project, gamers haven't responded very well to what they perceive as attacks on their hobby. She has received disgusting, misogynist abuse, had a flash game created where players get to beat the shit out of her, and had her Wikipedia page vandalized with pornographic images.

List of Episodes

Episode 01 - Damsel in Distress (March 2013)
Episode 02 - The Fighting Fuck Toy
Episode 03 - The Sexy Sidekick
Episode 04 - The Sexy Villainess
Episode 05 - Background Decoration
Episode 06 - Voodoo Priestess / Tribal Sorceress
Episode 07 - Women as Reward
Episode 08 - Mrs. Male Character
Episode 09 - Unattractive Equals Evil
Episode 10 - Man with Boobs
Episode 11 - Positive Female Characters
Episode 12 - Top 10 Common Defenses of Sexism in Games

I'll update this post as new episodes are released. I'll give my thoughts on the episode soon, but I wanted to get this up first.
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Old March 10 2013, 12:20 AM   #2
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I feel a kick-misogynist-ass crusade coming on...
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Old March 10 2013, 06:40 AM   #3
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Re: Feminist Frequency's Tropes vs. Women

I just watched the episode and it was as to be expected for a first episode. She describes the Damsel in Distress trope and then provides examples of this trope in many famous video games. Zelda, Pauline, and Peach get the most focus for obvious reasons.

She did her research and presented the information well, but seeing as how the episode was more or less a list of examples that I already knew about there isn't much for me to say about it. Regardless, it was a good episode and I look forward to the later episodes when she will most likely go more in-depth.
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Old March 10 2013, 04:22 PM   #4
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Color me shocked that male teenagers see girls/women as sex objects!

And that games companies intentionally support this by having female characters with overtly sexual aspects!!

Seriously.. this is nothing new, it will remain like that until we have achieved true Star Trek type human enlightenment (which is never) and see women as equals and not something to jerk off to.

I applaud her for putting in so much work and maybe she will reach a teenager or two and the occasional adult videogamer and get them to think but the vast majority will see her as that "dyke bitch who gets upset over nothing.. needs to get laid more often probably!!"

Some of those gamers will wisen up for themselves as they get older and will realize that girls are not just a set of boobs, legs and what's between them. It's a natural maturation process but unfortunately it will not happen for everybody so there will always be adults who are still mysogynistic and see women as objects to satisfy their desires.
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Old March 10 2013, 06:01 PM   #5
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I just watched the episode and it was as to be expected for a first episode. She describes the Damsel in Distress trope and then provides examples of this trope in many famous video games. Zelda, Pauline, and Peach get the most focus for obvious reasons.

She did her research and presented the information well, but seeing as how the episode was more or less a list of examples that I already knew about there isn't much for me to say about it. Regardless, it was a good episode and I look forward to the later episodes when she will most likely go more in-depth.
I would not expect a lot of depth from these. Her videos are generally Feminist 101 stuff, and they are directed at people who may know little or nothing of women's issues. If you expect them to get into, say, intersectionality and so forth, you will probably be disappointed. She is trying to reach people who either don't think about this stuff or know very little about it, not those already aware of the issues.

Of course, the response she gets from the people she's trying to reach might make her efforts seem futile.
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Old March 10 2013, 06:33 PM   #6
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I think essaying on pop-culture like this can get very dull because it's someone just getting on the soap-box and telling us this or that is bad. And obviously tons of people are going to disagree, which is why so many of her videos have comments disabled. She's got a right to express her opinion but I think the problem these days is that everybody's got a venue in which to spout off but nobody ever listens to each other. People come across either self-righteous or insensitive depending on whether they're issuing the rant or acting as the hater in the comments.
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Old March 10 2013, 06:45 PM   #7
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I think essaying on pop-culture like this can get very dull because it's someone just getting on the soap-box and telling us this or that is bad. And obviously tons of people are going to disagree, which is why so many of her videos have comments disabled. She's got a right to express her opinion but I think the problem these days is that everybody's got a venue in which to spout off but nobody ever listens to each other. People come across either self-righteous or insensitive depending on whether they're issuing the rant or acting as the hater in the comments.
That would be an interesting comment if it had anything to do with the subject at hand.
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Old March 13 2013, 11:14 AM   #8
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All of which is why I have a hard time considering myself a gamer, and feel as if I've outgrown gaming in general. I'm a huge fan of female characters in fiction, and will always create a female character when given a choice in a game. So I honestly consider the whole damsel and big-boobed babes in tiny outfits syndromes to be pretty tiresome.

I'm not one to rage about it, I just can't be bothered with these kinds of games anymore.
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Old March 13 2013, 11:55 AM   #9
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Color me shocked that male teenagers see girls/women as sex objects!

And that games companies intentionally support this by having female characters with overtly sexual aspects!!

Seriously.. this is nothing new, it will remain like that until we have achieved true Star Trek type human enlightenment (which is never) and see women as equals and not something to jerk off to.
Sexual attraction and equality are perfectly compatible and should not be seen as opposing propositions. Yes, lots of male teenagers seen girls/women as sex objects, and yes, it is a problem. They should see them as sex partners.
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Old March 16 2013, 11:35 AM   #10
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It all depends. I hardly ever play as a male in a video game if provided a choice. Especially if the game is 3rd person as I don't want or need to look at a guys butt for the duration of the game. I'd be a lier if I said boobs didn't matter either. Like my wife says, their pixels, their not real and real women don't look like that...

But many games for different age groups have strong female characters and not just pixel fodder. The new Tomb Raider is a good example of a female lead who is attractive, but not weak. You don't have to look long in the M category to find strong females.
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Old March 16 2013, 01:38 PM   #11
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i know it's wrong but i kept getting distracted by her eyebrows
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Old March 16 2013, 09:35 PM   #12
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In which category does Red Sonja from the movie fit in?
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Old March 16 2013, 11:15 PM   #13
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That would be an interesting comment if it had anything to do with the subject at hand.
Sure it does. People like to argue in comments and forums like a sport and not think. If you go out there looking for controversy, it doesn't take long to find some. The internet is fueled on it, and oftentimes those who scream the loudest are doing it just to get attention.
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That would be an interesting comment if it had anything to do with the subject at hand.
Sure it does. People like to argue in comments and forums like a sport and not think. If you go out there looking for controversy, it doesn't take long to find some. The internet is fueled on it, and oftentimes those who scream the loudest are doing it just to get attention.
Do you have anything other than tangential generalizations to offer here?
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Old March 17 2013, 02:01 AM   #15
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Not much to say about the series thus far except that the first episode was extremely well-produced. She provides a landslide of examples, many of which, as a casual gamer, I was unfamiliar with. Video games have a long way to go.
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