The Sketchy Feminist

Staring down the male gaze, or: Looking at looking at women in popular culture

Tag: like Bill Nye for feminism

Something Like a Timeline: Feminist Frequency Stuff

March 2014: Anita Sarkeesian awarded the 2014 Game Developers Choice Ambassador Award (link to video and transcript).

Also March 2014: Sarkeesian and the award ceremony organizers receive bomb threat at the Game Developers Choice Awards. A quote from the Newsweek.com article:

In a statement, the award ceremony’s organizers confirmed that 25 staffers received the following anonymous email early on March 19: “A bomb will be detonated at the Game Developers Choice award ceremony tonight unless Anita Sarkeesian’s Ambassador Award is revoked. We estimate the bomb will kill at least a dozen people and injure dozens more. It would be in your best interest to accept our simple request. This is not a joke. You have been warned.”

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek.

June 2014:Women as Background Decoration (Part 1)” released.

August 2014:Women as Background Decoration (Part 2)” released. (Yay!) This video comes with a special, super-strong content warning on account of its content. And I recommend heeding said warning.

Also August 2014: Sarkeesian shares some truly disturbing, stalkerish tweets that she has received with her followers, because “it’s important for folks to know how bad it gets”: Here is the scary stuff. CONTENT WARNING for threats of rape and other forms of sexualized violence, including blood drinking.

Still August 2014: Jezebel publishes “Misogynistic Trolls Drive Feminist Video Game Critic From Her Home” (article by Callie Beusman)

Still, still August 2014:Saints Row Dev Responds to Feminist Frequency Critique” (GameSpot article by Emanuel Maiberg)

September 2014: The FBI investigates the scary, stalkerish threats against Sarkeesian and her family: “FBI Investigating Death Threats Made Against Anita Sarkeesian” (GameSpot article by Zorine Te)

Also September 2014: Sarkeesian makes appearance at Portland XOXO Festival: This Feminist Gamer’s Brave Fight Against Online Misogyny Just Earned Her a Standing Ovation (Identities.Mic article by Marcie Blanco)

In other words, Anita Sarkeesian continues to earn her epic badass cred. Props to her, her family and the cool, game-loving people who continue to support her at events like XOXO and the Game Developers Choice Awards.

Hey, A New Feminist Frequency!

Hey, there’s a new Feminist Frequency video! And it’s been up for like, over a week (but I didn’t notice it until now)! Whee!

This is part of Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series. Today’s (er, June 16’s) trope: “Women as Background Decoration.”

::Skips off to watch::