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Anita Sarkeesian ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in the face of online discrimination in order to produce a series of videos examining the representation of women in video games. Today, the second part of her series appeared online.
This is the second part of Sarkeesian's Damsel in Distress series where she looks at the trope of female characters in video games consistently appearing in the role of the helpless prisoner. Here's part one.
Sarkeesian and her Kickstarter campaign have both been subject to online harassment from a dedicated group of gamers who question Sarkeesian's expertise. Shortly after the video below appeared online, it was wrongly flagged and blocked for containing inappropriate material. This was a product of Sarkeesian's opponents reporting the video to YouTube. The video did not remain blocked for long, however, as Sarkeesian was able to appeal to YouTube's "bogus terms of service violation takedown," Sarkeesian said on Twitter.
You can check out the video below. The video does contain spoilers for a number of video games. You can see the full list of games in the description of the video.
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This has been a problem in the gaming industry for ages and does not have an easy answer to correct it. I hope that one day respect and equality will be more common that it has been in the past.
She should make her own game then.
The Green Lanter but makes me face palm. When a woman is killed to further a male characters plot line Sarkeesian is there getting offended. But when Jason Todd is murdered by the joker making Batman a more dark character Sarkeesian is fine with it.
And shameless spoilers for Dishonoured.... thanks a lot Sarkeesian.
I don't think a person who disables comments on their videos deserves coverage because it makes her opinions less valid when she presents them in a way that makes them immune from any criticism. Her ideas aren't infallible and from reading the comments they are obviously flawed, not that that's a bad thing. Maybe once I've played Dishonored and she enables comments I'll listen to her seemingly biased and fearful opinion.
I agree with everything, pretty much. Only thing I'd say was a weak example was Dishonored, and that's only when Anita referenced it in terms of the journey to regain masculinity through violence. And that's pretty much because you can go through the entire game without killing anyone.
Though I guess you could also say subduing someone by knocking them unconscious is still violent... But I'm just less inclined to include that when it's standing next to the other games where people are obviously being brutally murdered.
Can you guys please not promote this garbage? There do need to people people speaking out about the treatment women get in video games, but Anita Sarkeesian is not that person. Her videos are extremely poorly researched.
Meh, the video responses some have linked are frankly better researched and presented. Also don't really see the point in using Kickstarter to fund a YouTube video. That being said, falsely flagging Youtube videos to be taken down is wrong.
I feel sorry for the people who pledged for this. what a waste of money. the woman is a hack and a fear monger who is so out of touch with the medium she's trying to "save" it's not even funny. People paid thousands of dollars to hear an untalented b*tch fling *** at others and decry some perceived patriarchy. And inb4 a shitload of whiteknight retards attack me and call me misogynistic; I do believe that women's role in vidya is in need of improvement, but this is not the way. Change needs to come from the inside, not from an outside meddler.
I don't get the reactions to these videos.
From the comments here and on other websites that have carried this story, I was expecting a raving, man-hating lunatic with frazzled hair and murderous eyes.
Sarkeesian is nothing of the sort.
I think that, like many feminists, she has approached the issue not from one of equality, but feminine superiority. I can't agree with that sentiment at all. But I don't think she deserves the kind of bizarre vitriol she's received.
And I really don't understand the argument about her fundraising. Who cares how much money she got on Kickstarter? That's what it's there for!
Argue the merits (or lack thereof) in her thesis, not the piddly side issues.
I agree that the trope is definitely overused, but I feel Anita's approach to bring attention to it is overall wrong. Rather than offer a profound criticism of the damsel in distress cliche, she verbally attacks the gaming community in its entirety. Often referring to the problem as "male driven ego" or something just as equally chauvinistic. Does she realize how many women work in the industry? Hell, even one of Naughty Dog's founders is a woman, and the Uncharted series uses that same old trope. I'm all for equality in games, and the death of cliches, but Anita's views on our gaming community are both perverted, and condescending.