Damsels in distress and the dearth of female characters

Bennett North

Today I watched Anita Sarkeesian’s threepartseries on the Damsel in Distress trope in video games. This was part of her series on Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, which was funded by a Kickstarter campaign that became infamous for its backlash against Anita. Some male gamers were so offended by the thought that a woman might talk about sexism in gaming that they threatened to rape and murder Anita, posted her home address online, made a video game where you could “beat the bitch up”, reported her online accounts as spam, etc. In other words, they were so horrified by the thought of a woman talking about sexism that they tried to be as cartoon-villain sexist as physically possible.

The Kickstarter campaign raised $158,922 out of the $6,000 it had been looking for, and that has resulted in some slickly edited, dazzlingly intelligent videos. Anita is a…

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"Everyday I am encouraged by the women who persevere, who continue to engage and who refuse to be silenced. I truly believe that if we work together, we can create a cultural shift where women, without fear of intimidation, without fear of threats or harassment, can be full and active participants in our digital world." [Anita Sarkeesian]

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