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Desc:Sarkeesian continues to not run away to Bermuda with all her Kickstarter money
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Binro the Heretic
Jesus, fuck, am I glad I avoided nearly all of those games like the plague. Those clips were painful to watch.

I don't know if I agree with her about "Ico", though, but that could just be because I love that game so much. I can see her point, though, Yorda was, for the most part, a security card that had to be dragged from door to door. (except when she saved his ass at the very end)
Kid Fenris
Pandora's Tower is actually a rather interesting game. At the very least, the heroine's portrayal is a good deal more complex than the one-off plot twists seen in most of the games here.

Maru
Okay, but the thing is, Ico would've been either way worse, or a completely different game, if Yorda was an empowered individual.

poorwill
Ico is at least a *little* icky.

Adham Nu'man
Tropes involving women in videogames: exact same tropes used in literature and film, except usually more poorly written.
Spaceman Africa
Except with worse fans

Adham Nu'man
I totally lost it at "please Tommy, let me... go..."

Crab Mentality
That was something that I kept thinking during this video- sure, these are bad, but I never thought of 99% of video games having anything more than a B-movie plot at best. Really, Bionic commando?

Adham Nu'man
In fact, the "my partner has turned into a monster and I must kill him/her" trope is a long standing B horror movie trope, except in horror films more often than not it's a woman who kills her boyfriend/husband. Since the gaming market is still made up mostly by young men who generally don't like playing women characters the role is reversed.

Gommorrah
congratulations on independently discovering the field of feminist literary studies i guess.

"there tropes exist elsewhere!" gee.

TSR
I like that she includes a warning for young viewers, though the language she uses is probably completely incomprehensible to them.
Gallez
When the internet douchbags started to hate this woman so much I really wanted to like her, just to not be lumped in with them.
But, I think she's intolerable to watch in a media where charisma matters more than the warmed over content presented. I guess she fits right in on youtube though.
5 spite stars; didn't even watch it.
RocketBlender
It's one of those situations like anonymous vs. westboro baptist church. There's an actual issue in there somewhere, but both sides are just so fucking hateable you just can't stand to be on either.

Aelric
Is there a pronblem? Yes, though it's based on perception is many cases. Should it get better? I hope so, if for no other reason than to improve game writing. Will it get change any time soon? not likely, seeing as books, movies and cartoons all still use the trope liberally and unabashedly.

Did we need these barely insightful videos pointing out the most obvious shit imaginable? Meh. I don't hate them, though I still don't see how this adds up to the kickstarter total, now how it will. There are plenty of weekly shows with as much production values and decent amounts of research on youtube already and those are personally funded. I agree with enough of her opinion, disagree with a few point and am more concerned with the scam she pulled off on kickstarter.

Aelric
Not meant as a reply

Adham Nu'man
I like these videos, they show me ridiculous shit from ridiculous games I'll never play. I've played a few games with really really shitty themes in recent times (Far Cry 3), but generally nowadays you can at least find some decent titles (Journey, The Walking Dead, Portal 1 & 2).

But yeah, these tropes exist in every storytelling medium. In videogames they are more stupid because games are filled with more stupid. I don't really see what her point is, unless it's just pissing off game nerds then I'm ok with it.

EvilHomer
How does she feel about Portal? After all, Chell is just a brain damaged orphaned mute who, apparently, has a thing for boy bands and ponies, because that's what girls like, boy bands and ponies. And the villain of the series is a strong, intelligent woman, or rather, former woman. Woman before she was brutally murdered (by men!) and shoved inside a robot.

Don't even get me started on how Chell was all helpless in Level 17 and needed a big strong Companion Cube MAN to get her through the puzzles!!!

Adham Nu'man
To be fair, the vast majority of videogames ARE puerile and sexist. How would they not be? Seeing that the majority are made by puerile, sexist, socially awkward men for a market that is in great part made up of puerile, sexist, socially awkward baby-men and in great part of people who just want an experience that is rewarding from a gameplay perspective but don't give two shits about being told a story.

The main fallacy in her argument is that somehow game developers have an ethical responsibility to tell better stories because they don't "exist in a vacuum" and MUST take into account the society we live in and take liability for the stuff they portray.

While many children with no parental guidance are left alone to grow up with horrible media, it is not the media's responsibility to raise your stupid kids.

As an occasional consumer of them, I hope videogames evolve towards better storytelling (and I'll vote in that direction with my wallet by not buying shit like Devil May Cry 35), but I doubt her tautologies on age old tropes and how they are used in gaming will ever move beyond something that is "mildly entertaining".

Sarah Haskins (I know some people here hate her) with Target Women was more informative and more entertaining in displaying how advertising exploit female stereotypes to sell products.

RocketBlender
I fucking loved and miss Sarah Haskins.

Old_Zircon
I think these videos present the material at a level of complexity appropriate to the people who actually need to be told this stuff. Of course, I'm not holding my breath for many of those people to respond with anything but flailing and e-spittle but that's OK too.

Old_Zircon
Also thirding Sarah Haskins. If it had been her doing this I'd have donated.

Adham Nu'man
Exactly. Although, I think she's trying to engage people of that level and developers of shitty games into some serious discussion, whereas I think a better tactic would be to simply gradually ridicule them out of existence.

Old_Zircon
She flushes them out of their dens so people like us can ridicule them. It's a sy,biosis between people who take things too seriously and people who don't take them seriously enough, and I'm all for it.

memedumpster
Sarah Haskins and Charlie Brooker had the exact same schtick, but people hated her for being a woman.

Syd Midnight
I love smokeout threads. They're like a pop quiz on whose opinions you should probably ignore.

Cena_mark
She's made quite an accomplishment. Through Kickstarter she became the first person ever to make a lot of money off a degree in women's studies.

Caminante Nocturno
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!


Sudan no1
You know this video was a success when this is the best the local Threatened Masculinity Squad could come up with.

Caminante Nocturno
Sure thing, sweetheart.

Cena_mark
Her views don't threaten my masculinity. I don't hold anything against her. If she's ever kidnapped by a dragon or an evil wizard I'd save her just like anyone else.

Caminante Nocturno
Oh, please. What dragon would want her?

EvilHomer
Spike's an emasculated little boytoy who desperately craves the attention of powerful women, and thinks that feminizing himself is the right way to go about it. He'd be all over Anita, although knowing him and knowing her, their roles would soon switch, and you'd be left wondering, who kidnapped who?

Then he'd spend all his time on internet forums, white knighting her rants and proclaiming himself "a male feminist", while she sits on her ass back at the cave, cackling evilly as she paws through his hoard of gemstones.

sasazuka
Hey, women studies' grads have made money before her. Like, for example, someone has to write those women's studies textbooks. And then there are professors of women's studies. And, outside academia, there are a multitude of uses for a women's studies diploma. Like starting a fire in a fireplace if you have absolutely no other sheets of paper in the house.

Old_Zircon
Let's be fair here. Most college degrees earned in the last 30 years are worthless because most higher education in the last 30 years has been kind of worthless.

EvilHomer
I've heard a number of critiques of the Women in Refrigerators trope over the years, and they all fail to take into account two simple truths. First, violence against women is still very much a taboo in our society (one that's rooted in the sexist notion of women being "weaker" and thus more deserving of protection than men - Damsels in Distress, much?), let alone examples of violent acts against one-dimensional female characters where the violent acts merely serve as a motivating force to get the male conflict-resolvers butts in gear. While there has certainly been a rise in the number and severity of mass media depictions of violence against women, it's still far from common, and the examples have to be cherry picked and given undue weight in order for the narrative to hold up. They also fail to account for the fact that most violent acts are, were, and continue to be, directed against male characters. Brutally killing off secondary or tertiary male characters is so commonplace that I doubt any of us even notice when it happens. So why haven't MRAs started complaining about, I don't know, the "Boy Wonders in Bomb-rigged Warehouses" trope? So it's important to seperate whether we object to depicting violence against women in and of itself (which, ironically, is a sexist position), or whether we're merely objecting to the idea of women being used as a sacrificial plot object. We also have to examine whether we believe in the *uniqueness* of the female-refrigerator experience, and if not, then explain why we continue to focus our moral indignation on them and them alone.





I miss John Holmes Motherfucker.
frau_eva
I can't speak to all media and how its used, but the "Women in Refrigerators" was specifically talking about how comics liked to kill off or depower women and do so for male angst. The violence itself isn't the problem that isn't liked, its that the focus isn't on the person that it actually happened to.

EvilHomer
Oh, I know. My problem is that this isn't always clear, and very often the distinction gets blurred between whether we're supposed to be objecting to violence against women, or just to the use of violence against women as a motivating force for the male conflict-resolvers.

Bort
Here's how "Boondocks" treated this topic as applies to 24:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQvtPDz0YdU

Mother_Puncher
What happened to him? Is he dead?

Old_Zircon
Women get murdered in real life a lot more often than boy wonders get trapped in bomb rigged warehouses in real life you know.

Old_Zircon
By the way, what ever happened to JHM? Last I heard he had some kind of "porn is poisoning my view of women" epiphany, but he's been pretty quiet since then.

EvilHomer
Ah, but how many of those murdered women get stuffed in their boyfriend's fridge by a super villain intent on psyching the hero out? Only 5%, tops.

We've got to compare apples to apples if this thing is going to make any sense. I stand by the BWIBRWH Trope.

EvilHomer
I think JHMF left after a few of his Boxxy love videos surfaced here. He got real pissed off, threatened to murder a few people, then just vanished.

Poor guy. I hope he's doing OK.

Mother_Puncher
He knew the risk

Adham Nu'man
He was a bit foolish to link to his own video channel and not expect someone to link to one of his more embarrassing videos.

I turned out to be the one who did the latter and after the shitstorm of absue he got from it I ended up feeling like a real asshole.

I think he's a bit confused and nutty over the whole boxxy thing but I still appreciated most of his participation here and think he's generally and empathic, thoughtful person. I ended up apologizing to him, although I feel it ended up being a rather cosmetic gesture as it didn't really make up for the character damage I caused.

I hope he comes back and hopefully, he won't get treated like shit. I suggested he change username.

Old_Zircon
I agree that it's a shame he got chased off (at least for the time being) but on the other hand, don't do the crime if you can't do the time. I bet he'll be back in a few months.

John Holmes Motherfucker
I get the feeling that Anita is just interested in seeing more games that women like to play, but I don't know. i don't watch hervideos.

I have a lot of opinions about faggots using rape and violence as a rhetorical weapon against people on the internet (99.9999 per cent of these are women) , and calling 15 year old girls "camwhores" for posting on youtube. Some of this shit is inevitable, and most women stand up to it better than I would, but the issue is whether stupid, mean, conformist culture is to be equally tolerated everywhere in the communities of the future. I suppose the fact that I threatened to kill Adham Nu'man once makes me a hypocrite, but I apologized right away.

Adham Nu'man
Ah, that wasn't a real death threat; don't sweat it.

Welcome back, hope you stick around.

Rosebeekee
I thought this was a pretty good counter argument to Anita's first video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJihi5rB_Ek

Spaceman Africa
She really lost me at the end

Nominal
Yeah the whole "you're a woman hating privileged misogynist" counter argument to any criticism of her kind of falls apart when it's an inoffensive girl doing it.

I'm curious to see how the self loathing white knights discredit that one.

Old_Zircon
Leaving the current context aside for a moment, you do realize it's completely possible (and not even that uncommon) for women to be misogynists, right?


Hell, in college one of my roommates' girlfriend wrote a paper called "quit whining, at least you still have an ear" arguing that women have never contributed anything of lasting value to the arts in Western society because their position of social privilege means they never have to really suffer and without suffering you can't create good art blah blah blah.

Jane Error
It's refreshing to see a video that at least pretends to provide a rational counter-argument, and she makes some good points, particularly that, at least in the examples she provides, the princesses are not just "prizes" but also represent order and stability. I liked that point a lot.

But it's a flawed defense. She asserts that Princesses Toadstool and Zelda are highly valued characters who are very important to their particular franchises, and that they "deserve" better than what they're reduced to at the hands of critics like Sarkeesian who "don't value their worth." Sarkeesian's criticism of the trope has nothing to do with how the damsels are "valued" either by other characters in their universe or by gamers; she is calling out the fact that their roles are so limited, stereotyped, and disempowered. If these characters are as compelling as KiteTales claims they are, then why aren't *they* the protagonists, at least once in a while? (And don't you dare mention that abomination Super Princess Peach.) Also, that whole point about MarioKart and Super Smash Bros. really weakens her argument: Peach is obviously there just as the token girl.

Then she does a complete 180 and says that it's all about capitalism and we shouldn't blame companies for giving people what they want, which booooo, what a cop-out to the status quo. Companies and their bottom lines does not mean that we shouldn't try to aim higher, or call out this crap when we see it.

zerdzer
"If these characters are as compelling as KiteTales claims they are, then why aren't *they* the protagonists, at least once in a while?"

do you know these characters? do you know how they behave and their usual role in the story? can you say it would make total sense for them to take another role? do you want them to take another role so they can be the empowered one, or do you want them to take another role because it really would be more suiting to their character that way? it's very sexist to say that they're in that role just because they are a girl. they are in that role because that's the role that suits those characters specifically.

"Also, that whole point about MarioKart and Super Smash Bros. really weakens her argument: Peach is obviously there just as the token girl."

this assumes that the developers of those games gave any shits about what gender the characters are (they didn't, because they are decidedly not sexist). here, i'll tell you what the developers really cared about: they wanted their games to have characters that people love in them. peach isn't there as the token girl, peach is there because people like princess peach. and people don't like her because she's a girl, they like her because she's princess peach.

sorry, but people who really enjoy video games aren't constantly dissecting them to find sexist tropes, they're playing them and loving them. it's easy to defeat sexism, you just don't constantly worry about who's what gender in the first place.

Gommorrah
no it isn't you moron

"peach and zelda are empowered because they are princesses" no they aren't because they're rarely if ever shown to command any kind of power and certainly do not so do under player control. it's a meaningless title

zerdzer
"no it isn't you moron"

no what isn't?

""peach and zelda are empowered because they are princesses""

who are you quoting? because it isn't me. i didn't say anything about anybody being empowered, if you will kindly read my post.

"no they aren't because they're rarely if ever shown to command any kind of power..."

you haven't actually played any legend of zelda games have you? or maybe you did without reading completely or paying attention, kind of like you're doing right now.

"...and certainly do not so do under player control. it's a meaningless title"

peach and zelda are fictional characters in fictional worlds, and you're saying their title of "princess" is meaningless because they aren't the protagonist of the story. take another look at my post and then your post, and rebuild it from there please.

StanleyPain
I like what she's doing so far, but she has a really big problem with taking a handful of examples and clumsily lumping them all together in the same way which I think is really intellectually dishonest. I had this problem with the first video, and I have it now. You can't put all uses of a particular "trope" under the same umbrella. I don't like the little ways this is done. For example, in this video, you see a split second clip from Dishonored, but no further discussion about the game or anything about it (protip: the game is hardly some sort of "male power fantasy" where pussy waits for you at the end or something) And Ico is a very weird example of what she's talking about considering that the game really hardly qualifies as some "male power fantasy" and Ico just tries to save her because it's the nice thing to do rather than something else. Plus, it's a pretty cerebral game to qualify as a "power fantasy" in my opinion.

So, I support this, but I kinda wish there was some more informed critique here and there rather than just giving little tiny examples of things taken way out of context in some cases.
EvilHomer
It's not entirely her fault; the entire field of sociology and cultural studies operates like that.

My personal favorite example of this was Carol Adams's "The Sexual Politics of Meat". She's a vegan, and one of those batshit postmodernist feminists. Anyway, in the book, she argued that meat eating and sexism were intricately linked. As evidence, she cherry picked a bunch of "sexy" food advertisements - like a voluptuous anthro pig-girl selling bacon - and Japanese guro porn. Because, you know, that's a real valid way of gauging broad cultural trends. Sexy pig adverts and cannibal hentai.

Caminante Nocturno
Which guro hentai did she use?

I have to know.

Unmerciful Crushing Force
EvilHomer, you may just have encouraged Caminante to read Feminist theory.

Well played.

EvilHomer
It's been awhile, but IIRC it was mostly stuff from Kiyomi's Nightmare Room (the rest of you may remember that site from poe-red). She didn't source any of it, but it was stuff you've probably seen before.

Caminante Nocturno
She didn't source any of it? She didn't have a bibliography or a 'works cited' section?

That is very unprofessional.

EvilHomer
She had a bibliography, just not an imageriography. If you're really curious, you could try contacting her. She gave a guest lecture at my college once, complete with a slideshow of the aforementioned sexy meats and guro pics. Hathor the Cow Goddess came around with her, too. Yeah, THAT Hathor. Gives you a good idea of what you're in for.

Anyway, if you're interested:

www.caroljadams.com/schedule.html

Maru
Run away from what? She never promised to do anything except make more youtube videos.
zerdzer
sooo... none of you guys are taking this seriously, right? because i am going to cry if any of you are seriously taking this seriously
Spaceman Africa
Yes zerdzer, we all know you'll cry when women express their views on things.

EvilHomer
You'll cry LIKE A WOMAN.

zerdzer
that's right, if anybody thinks anything calling itself "feminism" is stupid, they're a misogynist. grade A logic there buddy. me disagreeing with anita has nothing to do with her gender or her ideology or anything. i am saying it is stupid.

as a person who actually plays video games, i am very disappointed in anybody who takes anita seriously. she doesn't actually play video games.

ico is a beautiful and romantic game. when i played it, i thought "these two characters are really cute" and i cared for their well being and felt happy when they overcame an obstacle together. if you play ico and you're constantly thinking "wow the way this female character is led around by this male character is so sexist!", then you are the one who is sexist. people like anita really need to just go away; she just inspires people to be sexist like this. it's disgusting.

Spaceman Africa
I'm not saying you hate women because you didn't like the video. I'm saying you hate women because you hate women.

zerdzer
baseless assumptions are pretty worthless, so you can save us all the trouble and just stop posting if you don't have anything of substance to say.

what if you knew i was a girl? would you still say such a stupid thing? probably not. i'm done here.

Spaceman Africa
Oh thank god

zerdzer
on ico: http://pu u.sh/34fq5/807e69538c.png

zerdzer
hopefully you people have actually played this game

Spaceman Africa
Thank god these videos are here to get people mad over video games

Spaceman Africa
That was not meant as a reply

Blue
I find it very difficult to believe you are a woman, zerdzer. Only a really shitty misogynist would accuse Anita Sarkeesian of not playing video games. You have to literally not apply your theory of mind to women in order to make an accusation like that. That alone pretty much makes it obvious you're a bigot.

What she's saying is pretty fucking true and obvious, you're just being a big crybaby. You can nitpick about a few things, but if your takeaway was that she was clutching her pearls about how sexist Ico was as she was playing it (I'm assuming it's not sexist in isolation, I didn't play it) then you don't understand what a fucking trope is or why it's important. Maybe you should figure that out before you decide to have an opinion on this video.

spikestoyiu
zerdzer plays a lot of video games and has very good taste in video games.

Sorry if I've missed any of these recently, zerdzer, as I've been travelling a bit.

zerdzer
"Only a really shitty misogynist would accuse Anita Sarkeesian of not playing video games." blue, do you think about the logic behind your statements? because that is one huge logical leap. i'm accusing anita of not playing video games, and this makes me a sexist? those are two completely unrelated things that have nothing to do with each other. i can see why you might think that way though, because everything bad i say about anita is because she's a woman and i'm just a misogynist, right? do you see how this is messed up?

and no, i don't believe anita plays video games. she SAMPLES them. she has a picture of herself next to a huge stack of xbox 360 video games. even if she had played 10 hours of each one of those games, that wouldn't clear her of being a casual gamer. if she instead took a picture of a small stack of video games that she played a lot, that would indicate she has certain tastes in video games, and that'd make her a lot more credible. i want to see anita playing video games. i want to see her make a let's play of a video game, and finish the whole thing while commenting on what she likes and dislikes the whole way through. i want to see anita love a video game. i want to play a video game with anita, or see other people playing with her. will she ever do these things? she probably won't, because she doesn't understand that people who love video games end up playing single titles for 1000+ hours, sometimes in isolation. anita doesn't love video games, she just wants to appear like she knows what she's talking about, and she messed up at that, too.

on a side note, you can respond to anything i say that isn't matching up to your opinion by just calling me a "misogynist". that's not how you make a point. you might as well call me a "nazi" too, because it's all just name calling, and it's a bad habit. nobody here is treating you like a child, so don't act like one.

zerdzer
not all of them are xbox 360 games. http://pu u.sh/34CuN/7ed77e3fed.jpg

point still stands. there's no way she finished all of those, and most of them aren't even good.

Old_Zircon
If I ever take anything on YouTube seriously I hope someone puts ME in a refrigerator.

I've enjoyed these videos despite their obvious, glaring flaws but I don't expect them to change many minds about anything.

Spaceman Africa
"because everything bad i say about anita is because she's a woman and i'm just a misogynist"
Exactly

The New Meat
I'm confused why this cost money to make.
zerdzer
she basically scammed people out of that money.

Scrimmjob
that money went to a lifetime supply of hoop earings.

The New Meat
NOW it makes sense!

5 stars for nerds getting their lunchmoney stolen!

Caminante Nocturno
Idiots overloaded her coffers with spite charity.

StanleyPain
No, actually, the scam was the folks who did the anti-Anita kickstarter who said they were going to prove how men were actually the poor, poor victims of tropes in games and then ACTUALLY made off with the money...

http://www.gameranx.com/features/id/13224/article/the-mystery- and-fraud-of-tropes-vs-men-in-videogames/

Sudan no1
It's awesome how the "scam" and "spite charity" accusations apply so much more accurately to that Misandry in Games thing.

Potrod
The anti-Anita kickstarter being the far dumber of the 2 doesn't mean her kickstarter wasn't really dumb to begin with. I'm guessing most kickstarters are just projects people would have happily done for free 5 years ago.

StanleyPain
I never said it automatically makes her kickstarter smarter, I just pointed out that the MRA-esque segment of the gamer crowd who decided to be all gross about her apparently DID scam people and then the people who backed didn't really seem to care about being scammed, which kinda says a lot about them, really.

That said, anyone who actually has a problem with her soliciting donations via kickstarter for her project is functionally retarded.

Gommorrah
how did she scam people? she created a kickstarter asking people for money so she could create videos examining women in videogames. people voluntarily gave her money and she is providing what she promised. it really shows how worthless and whiny internet males are and how much they spaz out when feminism is mentioned

Scrimmjob
5 stars for the shit storm these videos are capable of stirring up.
ecksudee
Well, I'm eagerly awaiting video responses ripping this to shreds once again.
Sudan no1
She's winning by making you give a fuck.

Caminante Nocturno
Dross.
candyheadrobot
Fiving for cancer ridden evil.

Prepare for tl;dr trouble, escape now because this one's goin double:

I didn't even watch the video, I don't need to. She's targeting a hobby of an extremely large swath of people, whom are all quite individuated from one another, and correlating the hobby as being directly responsible for why women are consistently oppressed in culture. It would be different if she was talking about something which wasn't so obvious, or relevant, like the way some gamers treat one another in general online, using racial epithets and other demeaning language, or perhaps how women aren't really working in nerd industries like comics or video games, but instead she just harps on games made in an entirely different culture, or from 30 years ago, which happen to meet the standards of her narrative. I can see from the preload image she's using Shadows of the Dammed as one of her examples, but if you look just a little further into the game, what she's arguing sorta falls apart. While Paula is certainly a damsel in distress, you're talking about a game where your gun is also a talking skull named Johnson, who get's longer when he listens to phone sex among other acts of ridiculousness. The director of the game, Suda51, is known for being ridiculously over the top with everything he does, but instead of looking at where, or who these works are coming from, she's just saying "what about the women" in which is a situation where every medium is guilty of an obtuse portrayal of that among other things, as exemplified constantly here with Hollywood and race, and you can even go as far as books like Of Human Bondage with the character of Mildred.

Heck, if she'd have actually looked into Suda51 at all, she'd have discovered Lollipop Chainsaw which features a whole family of badass girl zombie slayers, and the main character's boyfriend is a head attached to her hip who complains about how inadequate he is throughout the game. What she's "tackling" is entirely irrelevant to gaming culture in general, designed to illicit the less mature folks who happen to be involved in it to act like the adolecents they are, and freak out people who haven't played more than Angry Birds or Wii Sports for video game experience, on top of offering no solution or adding anything constructive to her commentary. Beyond that, the gaming community has been making a concerted effort for awhile now, to deal exactly what she's talking about, and some of the more relevant issues at hand:

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/05/06/rhianna-pratchetts- 1reasontobe/

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/04/23/watch-this-please-g dcs-1reasontobe-panel/

http://www.destructoid.com/sign-a-pledge-against-bigotry-in-th e-gaming-community-248823.phtml

http://www.destructoid.com/god-of-war-bros-before-hos-248381.p html

http://kotaku.com/5815846/the-supreme-courts-best-arguments-fo r-and-against-violent-video-games

http://www.gamefront.com/gdc-2013-tom-abernathy-says-women-are -the-new-core/

I could do this for days, but these were the easiest to find in my history. The gaming community needs an overhaul, and so does our culture, but Fem Freq isn't doing anything to make that happen, and therefore is irrelevant to the conversation. People who want to do something about this don't need to pay her any more attention than what she's got already, because she's not going to entertain anything more than what's going to support her relevance as a "feminist" in pop culture. Oh, and just to show what a special snowflake I am among the riff raff, I play almost exclusively with female characters in any game I can't make myself. Why? Typically stats, but even if that's not a factor, most games that feature female characters actually try to make a difference in that character that separates them from the rest, which just leads to a more interesting story to play imo. Heck, to be honest there are less minorities in games than there are women these days, but even that's something that's being dealt with currently, albeit more slowly.

O-kay, sorry for yet another beard, I know I'm probably echoing a bunch of people at this point, but I wanted to add my two cents too, considering that I tried having discussion about this elsewhere yesterday, only to be met with a wall of sheer ignorance and vitriol. At least here I know if someone disagrees with me, they'll dismantle me with logic, and not vapid high school insults.

Now to refresh the page to read the more enlightened discussion I'm undoubtedly preceding.
Nominal
Nah I'd say you're right.

I dunno, Anita's stuff always comes across as coming with the thesis before doing research then cherry picking the research to match the thesis. Her presentation takes the wikipedia article recital approach instead of making any kind of connect the dots or leaps of understanding that an insightful critic would make.

And what kind of person actually refers to themselves as a "pop culture critic" ?

candyheadrobot
On top of that, if she is a pop culture critic, aren't there more pressing matters to be discussed? Even from a Feminist perspective, why not call attention to the lack of female directors, or female minority leads, or which shows and books are doing a good job of representing women, or projects are in production that are being lead by females? Her biggest failing, is that she never really points anyone in the right direction, she just says "this is wrong" and finds another topic to say that about. I sincerely do not condone gamers reactions to her, but I can't defend someone who isn't offering anything more than a critique. Anyone can have an opinion of something, but a critic at the lowest tier knows how to fix what they don't like.

Sudan no1
"She's targeting a hobby of an extremely large swath of people, whom are all quite individuated from one another, and correlating the hobby as being directly responsible for why women are consistently oppressed in culture."

You seem to be saying your hobby is too fragile and precious to bear feminist criticism. How dare she misinterpret the brilliant mind behind the sexy cheerleader zombie game!

Don't get me wrong Killer 7's a masterpiece, but Suda's not a god. He does deserve to get called out for the misogyny in his gaems.

Caminante Nocturno
Her videos are high-minded, thinly-veiled moral masturbation labeled as criticism. I don't think someone like her is capable of giving valid criticism because she can't see past her own shallow perceptions.

candyheadrobot
You misunderstand Sudan, when I mention hobby and individuals, I'm trying to emphasize the difference between a soccer fan and a football hooligan.

Her criticism isn't reflective of being a benign look at the hobby itself, as she correlates it directly to the people who play it, which is funny because most of the games she mentions not only aren't played, but aren't even where real bad stuff happens like cyberbullying in COD or otherwise. I'm not saying that games are above feminist criticism, I'm just saying that she's terrible at it, and that if she's going to take on gaming from that perspective, she should either become a game journalist, join one of the many groups in gaming that are already trying to do something about these issues, or do anything instead of goading the public into believing that she's an authority on gaming culture when she seems to know next to nothing about it in general.

Hell, if she really wanted to do something relevant, she should start analyzing sports and correlation between the behaviors in the games, and how that carries into culture. Not only has that really not been touched upon by a feminist yet (as far as I know), but it has a lot more invasive and prevalent effect on our daily lives imo. Speaking to the topics of what you could call patriarchy at this point.

And you're right, Suda is but one part of the holy trinity, being Jesus. Rounded out by the father, Alan Moore, and the holy spirit of Guillermo Del Toro, he's just doing god's work :)

No I get it, I've got my gripes to Suda too, as NMH2 (which is the only American grasshopper game I haven't completed) had that awful scene with Nathan and those two girls with fro's, on top of possessing a way more emphasized sexuality as opposed to just Travis being a nerdy dork. I thought he jumped the shark with that one, but I realize that it's all purposeful, not unlike Tarantino directing Samuel L Jackson. Most of his games are built to reflect the fact that game design and narrative hasn't grown out of the 80's action film yet, it's like a meta critique/deconstruction of gaming and culture tropes each time actually, and not only do I find it extremely entertaining, but it's worth paying attention to as well.

Also yes, Killer7 is fucking art.

Jane Error
"Hell, if she really wanted to do something relevant, she should start analyzing sports and correlation between the behaviors in the games, and how that carries into culture ... it has a lot more invasive and prevalent effect on our daily lives imo."

Ugh, seriously? You do realize that this is a classic derailment tactic that idiots use against women-related issues all the time right? "Hey, why are you whining you only make 3/4 of what a man in the same position makes? Young girls are being murdered in honor killings in Pakistan RIGHT NOW and you're not doing anything about it!"

Yes, there are bigger problems in the world. Because of Sarkeesian's videos (which, for better or worse, have touched a nerve), people are discussing the issue of sexism in the game industry. It's okay, we can deal with multiple problems at once.

candyheadrobot
Okay Jane, bad additional content there, I'll avoid using as much in the future. Does the rest of argument hold up though?

I'll admit, the focus on the issue has reached a wider audience since last year, but gaming/nerd culture has been dealing with this on it's own for quite some time now, and more effectively. The trope in her last video was coined by comics writer Gail Simone many years ago, who became the head of Vertigo comics during the time of series like Y: The Last Man, who's influence has opened the industry a great deal more to women since. Rhianna Pratchett, who I cited above for her #reasontobe, has helped to stimulate not only general interest in working in gaming, but has helped to defeat these tropes by creating interesting female characters like Nariko in Heavenly Sword, Faith from Mirror's Edge, and most recently the latest incarnation of Tomb Raider.

Sarkeesian is working off of already well researched topics, and adding no additional content to the conversation, apart from having a megaphone and talking at people who have no idea what to be upset at. She got a huge sum of money and a massive amount of publicity to do these videos, so I expect to see some worthwhile research done, and I honestly can't see that from what I've been shown. I guess whenever she decides to change topics, we'll see how well she does as a critic. Overall you guys are right though, this is starting a massive conversation about something that needs to be addressed, and I'm grateful that it is, but I just prefer to be able to cheer on the people that do it, and not frown upon them for being unscrupulous.

Egads I've never talked this much on this site ever, I need to go back into lurk so I'm not making such an ass of myself :D

candyheadrobot
Oh right, I'm actually watching the thing as I type now >_

Jane Error
I don't agree entirely because I'm not sure why so many people insist that she is an "outsider" to gaming and outsiders have no right to critique its products. What does one have to do to prove one is part of that community, exactly? It ironically proves her point: that these games are alienating and unwelcoming to women.

But I get what you mean, and I have no doubt that this topics are well-worn in the gaming industry itself, but I think that people make a mistake when they think Sarkeesian's audience IS the gaming industry. It's not: her target is young people. There's a reason her approach can often come off as overly simplistic, and why she identifies broad tropes to the detriment of context: she's trying to give a vocabulary to an unsophisticated group of people who otherwise wouldn't have it so that they can identify them on their own. Her "straw feminist" trope, for instance, has caught on like wildfire because it so perfectly identified a pernicious TV-trope that might have gone unnoticed by anyone who doesn't have their head up their ass in an ivory-tower academy.

Is she the ideal speaker for dealing with this issue? Not really. I get that people find her overly strident sometimes, and she does over-simplify thing in order to give her points more "punch." (Her complaint about sci-fi shows turning pregnancy into a horrorshow, for instance, elides over the fact that a lot those plots accommodated the actress's RL pregnancies so that they could keep working). But maybe the conversation needed someone as contentious as her to expose the astonishingly misogynistic underbelly of the industry she's addressing. Because in all honesty, as a woman the mob hate-rage against her has been shit-my-pants terrifying.

Gommorrah
moron stumbles across field of critical studies, gets butthurt, doesn't watch video, writes 10 thousand words about it, has autism

candyheadrobot
Okay, I think I know what you're referring to when you say that I'm casting her as an outsider, but I'm not rejecting her presence, I'm saying that she doesn't know what she's talking about. Typically when a person engages a community, they share an interest with that community, and though you can't make a judgement whether or not the typical person has genuine interest, she makes her stance known by essentially poorly reviewing these games. If she had played them, I know for a fact that she wouldn't have included several on her list. Granted, after watching the video, I can say she provided some valid examples for her narrative, but again, she's got about 30 games there from a span of maybe 10 years give or take. Lots of games have come out between here and there, and I could pick many more that do the opposite of what she's saying, if you give me a little time. She's not an outsider because she's a woman, or because she's critiquing. She's an outsider because she has a cherry picked argument against a community of people, for things they aren't necessarily even involved in, or associated with. Other people have done the same for other mediums such as rap music, and were met with the same type of backlash, not saying that it makes it okay to be cruel to someone else, but it's a consistent pattern with people and their affinity toward media.

While I see what you're saying, I don't think I agree. Most young people play video games, and they aren't in anyway lacking critical thinking skills. The majority of games Anita cites here are moderately well reviewed, low sale games, and I would say that there would have to be forethought for the consumers in question to determine that they don't want to engage such narratives. It's my opinion, but I think that she's talking to an older demographic, one that doesn't have the time to sit down with games to understand them, and another which has come to her defense over what they've observed from the outside. Simplification of details isn't a bad thing, but a person has to have a firm grasp on that material, in order to communicate to others a base of the finer points contained within. Her simplification engineers the same problem we see in our schools, as it overreaches, becoming something that thought isn't required for, making the subject appear more toxic than it is. Then again, if she simplified correctly, her video series would likely be ignored in favor of the over arching problem which you already touched on, which is the behavior of the gaming community itself.

From what I'm able to observe, people aren't concerned with the content of her videos in the first place. Gamers don't want to be portrayed as sexist zealots, and the mainstream (can't come up with a better term sorry) wants to do something about them. I'm not going to defend the gamer community, because even though I'm a part of it via hobby, I can't control what people think, nor stop them from acting in ways that I consider harmful. What I will tell you is that I'm a poc, and though I've only been called a racial epithet once in my life, I couldn't tell you how many times I've encountered such words playing games online. It used to shock me how ready certain people were to just be verbally abusive, even more jarring when I would become the point of ire, but I've come to understand that if I want to continue enjoying online gaming, that it's something which comes with the territory. Just like I can't control the other aspects of being a gamer, I have to accept that I can't make a racist not play Anarchy Reigns, or League of Legends, or any other number of games I like. Do I think it's fair I have to encounter hate messages, even though these people don't even know I'm a minority? No. Considering that I'm not the only person who plays games and thinks like myself, it doesn't stop me from doing what I like to do. Misogynists watch films, read books, and listen to music too, but we can't make them stop doing that unless people take them on directly. I get it, Anita thinks she's found the hive and needs to kill it with fire, but just like she talks about other media influencing people unconsciously, her media is doing the same thing to the detriment of a person like myself, for as far as I can tell, no greater goal. I don't like the kids who threaten rape, or act antagonistically anymore than you do, but if Anita wants to do something to change gaming itself, she should work with gamers in positive initiatives which people can join, and be a part of. She could create an indie game contest to develop something that portrays women more positively, or partner with a developer to get gamers to design something with them, or join with the other groups that are already working towards such goals. Sitting back, judging, and creating new villains for other people to pursue through a bias lens, isn't going to do too much though. Gaming, like the internet, and life, is free space. Even though we share spaces with people who are backward, doesn't mean that we have to respond in the same fashion they subscribe to, a la, hating away hate. The only way our culture has ever changed is through positive reinforcement and inclusion, and how we're dealing with gaming right now, is just a microcosm of what will proceed in the future in other avenues of society. We can construct something else here, but that'll take more than just picking a side to stand on.

...okay just looking at that last line, didn't mean to turn this into a snowflake knight afterschool special, but I just thought it might have been necessary to illustrate the point.

Hooker
How come a vlog took this long to produce?
Jane Error
There's an impressive number of clips in these videos. If she's never played a lot of these games before (which she probably hasn't) and if she's doing all the research itself, I imagine that would have to take a while.

Given the gigantic windfall the kickstarter provided, though, you'd think she could just hire a few other people to do the research for her.

spikestoyiu
Is it sexist to hate her face? I hate a lot of faces, male and female.
Scrotum H. Vainglorious
So she got a bunch of money off of kickstarter for something that is essentially a crappy masters thesis. I guess she deserves 5 for that.
Riskbreaker
Video games are still in puberty regarding narrative, and they are choke full of sexist crap. On the other hand, this woman gives very simplistic arguments and i have yet to see her arrive at any other relevant point besides "look how sexist this is!".
Blue
Sooo, she should be analyzing tropes in video games that aren't sexist instead?

The God of Biscuits
Some of this commentary is valid in my opinion. There are a lot of crappy games that use cliched plot devices, many of which do rely on these tropes. And I actually think what Anita is doing is important; we need critics to voice their opinions. And if you look at gaming as a whole, there's no doubt that there is some degree of over-reliance on this sort of thing. But I disagree with her conclusions, that these video games reinforce real-life violence against women. To me, they reinforce the desperate need for game companies to hire better writers.

Also, 5 stars from the inevitable cloud of hate from the MRAs.
longwinded
jesus christ a 25 minute video and then several theses in the comments no fucking thank you
Adham Nu'man
Hahaha, curious username choice.

The New Meat
I hate how the word “trope” has gradually degenerated from an actual useful word that you can use in real things into a weird dog whistle for horrible nerds.
EvilHomer
The trope meme is the new meme meme.

EvilHomer
Rape is empowering.

EvilHomer
Woops, meant to be a reply to Caminante's rape threat comment below.

The spot I put it in makes that comment sound really creepy.

Old_Zircon
Thanks to TV Tropes I have a conditioned gut reaction against anyone who uses it.

EvilHomer
This troper thinks that's an example of "Periphery Hatedom". Contrast "Love Tropes".

p.s. nabiki tendo rulez!!!!!! follow this link to c my homestuck fanfiction: glarglebarglecocks.net

Potrod
Has there ever been a less successful backlash than the one against her? I feel like 90% of her popularity is based on people distancing themselves as much as possible from idiots calling her names and getting enraged over nothing. The first I'd ever heard of this was the reaction against it.
Caminante Nocturno
Those rape threats were the best thing that ever happened to her career.

Spaceman Africa
And sometimes I doubt the ability of Caminante to not be a creepy nerd

oswaldtheluckyrabbit
I wish there was some way to save this Caminante quote for posterity, like the way police keep evidence in Ziploc bags

John Holmes Motherfucker
I'm sure he's trying to imply something idiotic, but in terms of the facts, he's right.

Back in 1861, someone in the north described those who fired on Sumter as "the greatest practical abolitionists this country has known". It's true in a very real sense, but it doesn't make them liberating heroes.

In the 21st century, racists and misogynists have become obsessed with "equality", a concept which they apply with a compulsive and relentless literalness that borders on asperger's. Racists think it's racist that blacks can use the word Nigger with each other, and whites can't use the word with blacks. Now, black people calling each other niggers is not very classy, IMO, but context is a thing.

Like the N word, threatening a woman with rape is something that's been used to intimidate and degrade, and the internet has made it much more common. Threatening a man with rape is not classy. Threatening a woman with rape is deeply offensive, and it's usually directed at women who want to have a voice. It doesn't matter how credible the threat is. That's how much of a taboo there ought to be against this sort of thing.

NSFW
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http://www.mediafire.com/convkey/5ff7/b8vni1eyrooprrufg.jpg

Unless she's advocating government censorship, it's called criticism. As a genral principle, criticism of women in refrigerators is as a valid as women in refigerators. If you're acting like rape threats are valid and feminist criticism is invalid (and some guys really do that) you're not only a horrible human being, you are among the greatest practical feminists our nation has produced.


I don't think I'll be returning permanently. Catie turned me on to MLP, and you don't come back from something like that.

http://youtu.be/ArvcpJJZkAs

Jet Bin Fever
Hotline Miami shouldn't be lumped in there because it purposely adopts story and tropes from VHS action revenge movies. It's cartoonish and over the top, especially the cover art. She shows it without explaining that at all.
Old_Zircon
Critical analysis in general doesn't have a very good track record when it comes to parsing satire or irony.

Nominal
She reminds me of that woman critic who was on a show with Patrice O'Neal (I think it's called "Patrice explains humor" or something on youtube). She had made such a career out of "outrage" that it had become just an assembly line manufactured product to her: fine piece of media with superficially offensive trait, tout it up in all the circuits.

Anita started this back in her academic days. Her job was to crank out papers that made her thesis look correct so she just slapped on any surface sexism she could find in TV shows; it's all about filling those pages and not disproving your own thesis. Then she won the lottery and stumbled on this cash cow. Just another continuation of cutting each example short as soon as it "proves" her point; no need to dig past the surface at that point as it can only weaken her stance.

Just like the woman critic didn't get the actual meaning behind Patrice's "angry pirate" routine before cranking out another outrage product (basically, anyone who has ever laughed at a donkey punch joke is a violent woman beater), Anita only looks as far as she needs to prove herself right.

I mean, how else could anyone think Ico as malicious? What well adjusted person who actually played the game walked away with any impression other than "two kids need each other and work together to get out of a bad situation"?

Old_Zircon
I like this series a lot so far, but the painfully awkward and wholly unnecessaery staged reaction at 12:22-12:27 is enough for me to deduct a star from this one. Seriously, why do that?
Scrimmjob
I agree, we all know the bionic commando remake was dogshit.

poopy
Yeah, that was awful.

Architeuthis Tux
There can never be enough stars in the universe for the quantity of brain lather these videos cause to squirt out of maladjusted manboys.

And the best part is that in 15 years, half of those manboys will have adopted these views without remembering how much they used to hate them.
Old_Zircon
There aren't enough stars in the sky for that.

poopy
She may be distracting mainstream audiences from meaningful cultural criticism regarding women, but she is also inspiring awareness in those who lack the ability to recognize misogyny or hegemonic influence. Sure, those people may be too stupid to do anything about that awareness, but it's probably better than nothing. If parents watch these videos and become more cautious when purchasing video games for young girls, then I say Anita has made a positive impact.

I recently played through Resident Evil 5 for the first time. It's ridiculous that the female characters are all pieces of ass: Sheva, Jill, and the villain whose huge tits are always falling out of her dress. I felt ashamed that a character like Sheva (though hyper-sexualized in almost every way) seemed like an improvement upon the typical E cup/size 2 body we've all been constantly exposed to in video games.
FABIO
That's what struck me as weird about the Tomb Raider reboot. It didn't break away from that eye candy body type at yet everyone was hailing it as progressive. Because she's covered in blood and filth? Because we see her scream and cry in pain a lot?

Whereas most games present an action game upfront with the T&A as eye candy distractions, Tomb Raider seemed like an excuse to parade around really disturbing fetishes.

PegLegPete
Good video. It's obvious most of the people railing against this haven't watched the video or are so blinded by their dissatisfaction - or whatever ails them - they forget parts of her expose, simplify, misrepresent and don't really present decent arguments of their own to explain their grievances. Wish I could add a star for all the lurkers who came out on this one.
Sudan no1
NO YOU ARE WRONG BECAUSE

1. [manboy thesis on videogames]

2. [joke about women's studies]

Mother_Puncher
Pretty much everything here has been said already. I don't like her but she makes some good points, there are a lot of flaws but the message makes sense and there are some points that kind of reinforce some stereotypes.

I'm friends with some gamer nerds and one guy was bitching about her. I looked her up and found out he didnt like being told his passion was flawed or sexist or he just doesnt like being challenged by women. I think its ridiculous that she needed money to make youtube videos but whatever. Also calling herself a "pop culture critic" is almost like that homeless guy who filmed people at Starbucks because they turned on music and calls himself a "consumer activist" but it's whatever.

I don't really get the hate other than people just not liking to be told that what they like is sexist by women. The same gamer nerd brought up these small points about characters who were male being one dimensional, super buff blah blah blah which are small issues based on bad character development rather than a staple in stories.

Also the crotch punch in the part about games using women "empowerment" after the fact and as a novelty is kind of direct reaction to some idiot's youtube video using one example of a woman being not weak and he used pretty much every point that my friend brought up. If that video isnt here, I'll try to find it again and upload it.

Maybe it's because i don't play many video games outside of parties, Minecraft or getting frustrated with trying to make genetically perfect Pokemon. Maybe it's because I have a pretty vibrant social life and have many female friends who I'm just as much of a jerk to as my male friends. Or maybe it's because I've been brainwashed by the liberal agenda into thinking women aren't second class citizens raised to be free range livestock that are there to serve me. Either way this doesnt anger me.
Old_Zircon
I assume that budget mostly went to paying for food and rent while she spent months playing Through the games as a full time job. I mean, it doesn't take much money to write a novel because all you need is laptop and a chair, right?

Mother_Puncher
I've never read a novel in my entire life. How should I know what it takes to write one?

Old_Zircon
My point is that just because production costs are low doesn't mean a person's time is free if they have to actually, you know, provide for their basic necessities for living. 00 isn't that much to ask for her time and effort. Just because people have been convinced that their time and effort isn't worth money if it's expended on something that happens on line doesn't mean that's actually the case.

LetsFistAgain
Im as oppossed to sexism as any sane person, but i want to know what is being proposed here? Im getting an awful Tipper Gore/Jack Thompson vibe from these videos.
If our culture is said to cause moral rot then we basically have two choices: educate or censor.
If she is proposing the first then the market will decide, and if it is the second then i cannot get behind it no matter how noble the cause may be.
Adham Nu'man
Fair point. Still, as others have pointed out, this kind of thing will gradually lead younger people to demand more from videogames, and that in and of itself constitutes education for a certain segment of the internet.

It may not do much for you and me (besides showing us some embarrassingly hilarious videogame clips) and I think this kind of thing could be much much better. But I am glad it exists.

EvilHomer
More what, though?

Tipper Gore may raise some valid points about the moral and social irresponsibility of video games and rock music, but do we really want to see people demand more of the stuff *she'd* like to see?

sosage
Christ. She earned every cent just by getting POETV to jabber a mile long page scroll worth of comments.

Adham Nu'man
I wonder why people don't write 6000 word essays on "why this cow is such a beauty?"

Meerkat
Five stars for when she said "just the tip" huh huh, huh huh.
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