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My Thoughts on Anita Sarkeesian's "Women as Background Decoration"

This was my first Anita Sarkeesian video, and I liked it a lot. I agree with 95 percent of what she’s saying here, particularly on the note that using abuse or sexualization of women to make the world seem “gritty” or to characterize the bad guy as “evil” is straight up lazy writing. 444 more words


Opinion - Women as Background Decoration Part 2


Part one of “Women as Background Decoration”, one of Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminist Frequency videos, had some serious problems, but an important message.  For this video, and its predecessors, the worst I can say of them is that they have value for asking questions that developers and critics have often ignore or poorly address.  942 more words

The Spider And The Girl

Okay, I somehow feel I have to weigh in on the Spider-Woman #1 cover thing, and the whole explosion of late about women in traditionally geeky genres. 761 more words


GamerGate: The Reason We Can't Have Nice Things...

Okay, so I wasn’t going to blog about this. Partially because I didn’t want to get internet hate for it, but also because the amount of complete and utter stupid involved in the whole scandal makes me want to hit my head against a wall. 1,135 more words


Violence and Victimization: Misogyny in Geek Culture (And Everywhere Else)

“Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them.” –Margaret Atwood

The GamerGate controversy has driven increased attention to the video game industry, while also highlighting the violent misogyny that can pervade geek culture. 3,660 more words


Sexism, Video Games, and Social Media

Yes, again, distracted.

So two things are problematic when it comes to the topic I am about to broach. The first is my affiliation with both ends of this argument. 1,496 more words

Video Games

Gamergate-related controversy reveals ugly side of gaming community


This column is usually dedicated to discussing video games, but in the past week and a half, you’d be forgiven for not having the stomach to play one. 1,148 more words