How Anita Sarkeesian Wants Video Games To Change

Minutes after I walked through a metal detector—and some time before she was flocked by well-wishers at the best-attended gaming lecture I've ever been to at New York University—I recently listened to the media critic Anita Sarkeesian describe eight things she'd like to see changed in video games. » 2/26/15 1:15pm 2/26/15 1:15pm

The Anita Sarkeesian Hater That Everyone Hates

In mid-October, I was approached by some Gamergaters who wanted to show me something important. They had bagged a big one, they said. They said they had tracked down one of the people who was sending death threats to feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian. » 11/13/14 4:00pm 11/13/14 4:00pm

Anita Sarkeesian on Colbert: Gamergate Is 'Terrorizing Women'

On Wednesday night, the Colbert Report became the first late-night show to really tackle the soupy pile of weeks-old vomit that is Gamergate, when Colbert hosted feminist video game critic and conquering badass Anita Sarkeesian. She talked briefly about the most recent death threat she received, and, more broadly,… » 10/30/14 9:50am 10/30/14 9:50am

​Anita Sarkeesian Cancels Speaking Event in Light of Shooting Threat

Video game critic, blogger, and founder of Feminist Frequency Anita Sarkeesian was supposed to give a speech about the role of women in video games Utah State University today. However, Sarkeesian, one of the prominent targets of #Gamergate, chose to cancel the event after the school received a threat of a mass… » 10/15/14 9:50am 10/15/14 9:50am

Bomb Threat Targeted Anita Sarkeesian, Gaming Awards Last March

An anonymous e-mailer threatened to blow up a bomb at the Game Developers Choice Awards this past March unless the hosts rescinded an award recognizing feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, the organizers of the event have confirmed to Kotaku. » 9/17/14 5:23pm 9/17/14 5:23pm

Misogynistic Trolls Drive Feminist Video Game Critic From Her Home

Here's your daily reminder that Internet misogynists are vile, horrible creatures and that women face threats and harassment on a daily basis just for having opinions and voicing them: feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian has been driven out of her own home after receiving an outpouring of death and rape threats on… » 8/28/14 4:05pm 8/28/14 4:05pm

The Problem With 'The Casual Cruelty' Against Women in Video Games

Violence against women is an ugly reality that's all too common, no matter what walk of life people come from. Yet, video games tend to portray it in only a few cliched ways, to create a sense of environment and tone and cheaply get a reaction out of players. That's a problem. » 8/27/14 12:30pm 8/27/14 12:30pm

Confirmed: Many, Many Female Gamers Exist. 50% of All Gamers, in Fact.

We've long heard tales about the fabled female gamer, but feared she was as mythical as Santa Claus. Come on: ladies?? Gaming?? But two new studies prove that women make up nearly half of today's gamers. D-U-H. » 6/12/13 6:30pm 6/12/13 6:30pm

New Anita Sarkeesian Video Calls Out Gaming's 'Women in Refrigerators'

Feminist Frequency blogger/video host Anita Sarkeesian is back with the second in her "Tropes vs. Women in Games" series, in which she analyzes sexist tropes in video games. The first video in the series looked back at the origins of the "Damsel in Distress" trope, focusing mostly on Nintendo games. The new video… » 5/28/13 4:15pm 5/28/13 4:15pm

Woman in Tech Tweets About Sexist Dudes in Tech. Dude Gets Fired.…

In case you're not familiar with this internet-shaking shit-show-in-progress, Adria Richards—a developer evangelist and former employee of a company called SendGrid—was minding her own business in the audience of a seminar at PyCon, a conference for people who work with the Python programming language. Sounds like a… » 3/21/13 7:00pm 3/21/13 7:00pm

Anita Sarkeesian’s New Tropes Vs. Women Series is Awesome

Anita Sarkeesian didn't let male gamer trolls deter her from successfully funding her Kickstarter on oversexualized tropes of women in video games — in fact, her project raised more than 26 times her original goal of $6,000 thanks to all the added publicity. Revenge is extra sweet when it's ironic, lucrative and… » 3/08/13 5:00pm 3/08/13 5:00pm

A More Positive Spin on 'Lady Geeks'

Still thinking about yesterday's booth babe debate? Genevieve Dempre wrote a rebuttal to that obnoxious CNN piece about how beauty-obsessed pseudo-geeks are taking over the gaming industry as we know it and brought up some great points, such as: » 7/26/12 6:40pm 7/26/12 6:40pm

The Myth of the 'Booth Babe'

There's been a lot of productive discourse on the topic of misogyny in the gaming world over the past few months, but there's also this frustratingly pervasive counter argument permeating the comments on stories about women like Anita Sarkeesian and Felicia Day: sure, gender equality is great, but shouldn't we admit… » 7/25/12 4:20pm 7/25/12 4:20pm

Hey, Let's Make a Video Game So We Can Beat Up a Female Critic of Video…

Anita Sarkeesian didn't set out to piss off an army of male gamers when she launched a Kickstarter to raise money for a project that aimed to examine cliched, oversexualized tropes of women in video games. But apparently, daring to say anything bad about video gamers being sexist is enough to amass an entire army of… » 7/06/12 6:10pm 7/06/12 6:10pm

When There's So Much Bullshit Online, You Forget How to Feel

If you've never seen Anita Sarkeesian's web show, Feminist Frequency, you should — it's smart and articulate pop-culture analysis from, you guessed it, a feminist perspective. In May, she launched a Kickstarter project to fund a series she wanted to do on lady tropes in video games. She received a lot of support; she… » 6/12/12 5:40pm 6/12/12 5:40pm