Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Feminist Frequency

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Last week in class we learned about Anita Sarkeesian. She started a video web series called “Feminist Frequency.” In this web series she discusses how women are portrayed in the media, and because of these videos she was harassed by many “gamers.” There was even a game produced that one could play that was call punch Anita Sarkeesian. This came as a shock to me because we watched one of her videos, Damsel in Distress (Part 1) and she even admits to playing video games since she was little. Also, she starts the video by saying something along the lines of I enjoy these video games; however, I am being critical of its problematic aspects. The fact that “gamers” attacked a fellow “gamer” is very interesting to me. Also, I saw that recently she was on The Colbert Report. In this interview he states that it is just women that are being attacked when they speak out against this issue, and that when men talk out about this same issue they are not harassed. I think it is sad that women are still being attacked for speaking out against an issue that is important to them.


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