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We're all constantly told to ignore the trolls—a nice idea, but pretty ineffective in execution. The trolls are packing peanuts that exploded via opening a box on your living room floor. They're not going anywhere. Thankfully, it looks as though responding to sexist numbskulls on Twitter invites others to do the same, and effectively benefits women's mental health. Anyone who has grown up female, a person of color, LGBTQ, or otherwise marginalized knows the Internet can be a personal hell. Read More

 Well, #GamerGate has reared its ugly head once again: Five feminist editors are reportedly being banned from making corrections on the GamerGate Controversy wiki page—and on any Wikipedia page having to do with gender and sexuality. Wikipedia’s arbitration committee made the decision to sanction them as part of an effort to curb an edit war on the GamerGate entry, but all of the editors were just trying to keep the page from being written in a way that made victims look like the bad guys (or girls, in this case). Read More
  This week the gaming community received national attention as the heated debate known as “Gamergate” exploded with explicit threats of rape and murder to various feminist critics. What is Gamergate? Essentially, it is an online debate concerning journalistic ethnics, the gaming press and the social responsibility that games may or may not have, but it is also deeply ingrained with issues of sexism, misogyny and threats of violence. Read More
Anita Sarkeesian, an academic, video game critic and outspoken feminist, has chosen to cancel a speaking event at Utah State University (USU). Sarkeesian is the founder of a popular Youtube series and website called Feminist Frequency, a video web series that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Though Sarkeesian is no stranger to graphic and violent threats, she did not feel safe going to this event. Earlier this year, she had to leave her home for safety reasons. Read More
  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 following (again, on her Twitter feed): "I’m safe. Authorities have been notified. Staying with friends tonight. Read More
In addition to the sexism that real women face everyday, it seems like virtual women have their fair share of misogyny to contend with. Anita Sarkeesian, creator of the awesome new Youtube project Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, has just released Damsel in Distress: Part 1. This video explores “how the Damsel in Distress became one of the most widely used gendered clichés in the history of gaming,” and applies a critical eye to a number of beloved games. Read More
[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 relatively early bustiness. Read More
A few weeks back, pop culture critic Anita Sarkeesian launched a kickstarter campaign in an attempt to raise $6000 to fund a web-video series for her website Feminist Frequency. In the video series, Sarkeesian wanted to discuss the sexist and stereotypical representations of women in video games, to which I say, “well, duh,” as well as, “get it, girl!” Unfortunately, it would be an understatement to say that not everyone shared my same opinion. Read More