BY Jackie Leahy
on Sep 05, 2014
Video game critic Anita Sarkeesian, who has tackled issues like the Damsel in Distress archetype, Manic Pixie Dream Girls and the Smurfette Principle in her series Tropes vs. Women, was driven out of her home last week by violent, sexual threats in which an internet troll named her parents and posted her address.
After publicizing the threats by reposting them in an image on her Twitter feed, @femfreq, she reassured fans by posting the ... Read More
BY Emma Tilden
in Boob Tube
on Jul 24, 2014
“Sarang” is the Korean word for “love.” It is also the name of the 3-month-old baby who died from malnutrition in 2010 while her parents were out on a 10 hour online gaming binge. The couple, a Mr. and Ms. Kim, spent 6-12 hours every day playing the online game Prius which, ironically, involves raising a virtual child named Anima. Unfortunately, Anima took precedent over Sarang, their real-world baby.
“The ... Read More
BY Kelly Maxwell
on Jun 03, 2013
This isn’t the first time we've written about Anita Sarkeesian, of Feminist Frequency and Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. And we have a feeling that it won’t be our last. She has some amazing stuff in the works and it's guaranteed to ruffle internet feathers. (Because of the overwhelmingly negative reaction to her videos and the incredible voice of her supporters, she's already become an expert feather rustler. Now anything she does automatically becomes a ... Read More
BY Kelly Maxwell
on Mar 11, 2013
I know I’m not the only lady who is tired of nerd culture being such a boys club. Video games, comics, and online-discussion forums are bogged down with testosterone. Just take a scroll through a 9gag page to see what I mean. Ladies want to get in on the action, and constantly playing the damsel in distress is just, well, distressing. We are kickass IRL!
Luckily, one awesome dad is changing things, at least for his daughter. Mike Mika hacked ... Read More
BY Megan Hinshaw
on Dec 20, 2012
[Trigger Warning: this post contains graphic images of simulated physical abuse and may be triggering to survivors of such treatment.]
It is news to no one that video games often rely on visual stereotypes when it comes to female characters. I can practically hear a collective “duh” resounding out there across the Web. Growing up, one of my nicknames in high school was Red Sonja (a character from the game Mortal Kombat), earned solely by virtue of my ... Read More