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Old March 17 2013, 02:09 AM   #16
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Re: Feminist Frequency's Tropes vs. Women

I agree that this video doesn't really cover any new ground and I would have liked her to highlight the few exceptions to the rule, but you know ... good on her. Sometimes it's necessary (and worthwhile) to state the obvious - kind of like acknowledging the elephant in the room. I don't see any real harm in the video (she seems rather reasonable and rational in her commentary - acknowledging that the trope, in isolation, isn't necessarily problematic but that its ubiquitous nature, is), so really, there's only an upside to having it out there to begin with.
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Old March 18 2013, 05:16 PM   #17
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Re: Feminist Frequency's Tropes vs. Women

I'm still surprised at how many gamers don't even know that the US version of Super Mario Bros. 2 is actually a re-skinned version of Doki Doki Panic, and the point she made about how she's a playable character was by chance and not intent.
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Old March 27 2013, 06:00 AM   #18
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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.

Yeah, I don't know who this is for. The guys who hate her because they don't want their hobby questioned won't listen to her and the people who would like this material aren't served by the fact that there's very little depth to her discussion (at least the first episode).

The fact that her Bayonetta video was poorly researched and used as "evidence" against her doesn't help matters either.
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