Monday, 3 June 2013

Miscellaneous Mondays: Tropes vs. Women in Video Games

Back in January, we recommended that you check out Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminist Frequency series on YouTube, specifically her analysis of the gender segregation of LEGO’s marketing. Today, we’re suggesting that you pay her channel another visit, in order to see the first two installments of her highly anticipated (and hotly debated) critique of sexist tropes in video games. Whether or not you entirely agree with Sarkeesian’s points, the videos make for interesting viewing and serve as excellent starting points for discussion (such as this commentary on the absence of women of colour in the damsel in distress role). Finally, if you’re wondering who Anita Sarkeesian is or why these videos are such a big deal, feel free to do a Google search, but prepare yourself to lose a significant amount of your faith in humanity.

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