Tropes vs Women

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Tropes vs Women is a series published by Feminist Frequency on their web site and on YouTube.[1]

Tropes vs Women

As Tropes vs Women has not of high significance to Game Gate it we be some time before it is written up. There is no Wikipedia article, don't bother looking.

Tropes vs Women in Video Games

Tropes vs Women in Video Games is a series of 5 videos (later changed to 12 following achievement of stretch goals) produced by Feminist Frequency with the intention of "...[exploring], [analyzing] and [deconstructing] some of the most common tropes and stereotypes of female characters in games" due to Sarkeesian's disappointment with "...the limited and limiting ways women are represented [in video games]." The series is intended to broadly analyze recurring trends and themes common in the gaming industry rather than focusing on specific "offenders", and will eventually discuss 12 different topics: [2]

Kickstarter Video

Anita Sarkeesian's video for her Kickstarter campaign has been controversial in her legitimacy as a self-identified gamer. On March 20, 2014, a video was released on Anita presenting on the subject "Women and Pop Culture" at Santa Monica College on July 12, 2010. In the video, she explains to her audience that she is not a gamer nor is she a fan of video games. [3] In her Kickstarter video, she explains and illustrates that she is a gamer. Other signs from the Kickstarter video that made viewers question the legitimacy of her status as a gamer include her inability to show viewers what game she is playing, and holding the Xbox 360 controller while it was off. [4] [5]

Kickstarter and Video Series

Despite the Tropes vs Women in Video Games Kickstarter being successfully funded years ago, Feminist Frequency has been slow to release videos, that were originally planned over the 2 and a half (as of this writing) years since the Kickstarter was successfully funded, with said videos covering only 3 of the 12 originally planned topics. [6] The videos themselves also differ very little in both format and structure from the videos that were being produced prior to her successful Kickstarter, and notably do not require any sort of advanced special effects or editing technology, as the videos consist mainly of Sarkeesian talking in front of a blue screen with game play footage spliced in where needed.[cn] There have been reports of harassment being received.[7]

Stolen Content

Cubex55's responds to stolen footage


Once the videos were released, several people who followed the Let's Play community on youtube discovered that the video clips used throughout the series were ones pulled from some of their favorite Let's Plays without express permission having been obtained. The majority of the videos used at the time were taken from from Longplays by Youtube user Cubex55. This was detailed in a post on the Vicsor's Opinion blog. [8]

Intentional Misinterpretation of Game Plot and Mechanics

Example by video.

The most egregious example of this is located in Part 1 of her "Women as Background Decoration", in which she characterizes the game Hitman Absolution as encouraging the player to kill and desecrate the bodies of female strippers, while neglecting to mention that any killing of non-target NPCs is penalized heavily in-game and that doing so actually impedes the player's progress. In the same series, she also deliberately mischaracterizes a mission in the game Watch_Dogs set in a strip club, neglecting to mention that the player's goal in that mission is to break up an illegal prostitution ring. [9] [10]

  • proposal: mirror her videoseries and add annotations debunking each of her false claims.


Tropes vs Women in Video Games Season 1

Tropes vs Women in Video Games Season 1 Episodes Release Date Episode Links
Tropes vs Women in Video Games Season 1 Season Concluded YouTube Playlist
"Damsel in Distress Part 1" March 7, 2013 YouTube

Feminist Frequency


"Damsel in Distress Part 2" May 28, 2013 YouTube

Feminist Frequency


"Damsel in Distress Part 3" August 1, 2013 Youtube

Feminist Frequency


"Mrs. Male Character" November 18, 2013 YouTube

Feminist Frequency


"Women as Background Decoration Part 1" June 16, 2014 YouTube

Feminist Frequency


"Women as Background Decoration Part 2" August 25, 2014 Youtube

Feminist Frequency


"The Scythian - Positive Female Characters in Video Games" March 31, 2015 Youtube

Feminist Frequency


"Jade - Positive Female Characters in Video Games" May 12, 2015 Youtube

Feminist Frequency


"Women as Reward" August 31, 2015 Youtube

Feminist Frequency


"Women as Reward - Special DLC Mini-Episode" September 14, 2015 Youtube

Feminist Frequency


Tropes vs Women in Video Games Season 2

Tropes vs Women in Video Games Season 2 Release Date Episode Links Views
Tropes vs Women in Video Games Season 2 In Development YouTube Playlist
"Strategic Butt Coverings" January 19, 2016 Youtube

Feminist Frequency


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"Body Language & The Male Gaze" March 31, 2016 Youtube

Feminist Frequency


"Lingerie is not Armor" June 6, 2016 Youtube

Feminist Frequency


"Are Women Too Hard To Animate?" July 27, 2016 Youtube

Feminist Frequency (archive.fo)


"All the Slender Ladies: Body Diversity in Video Games" September 1, 2016 Youtube

Feminist Frequency (archive.fo)


"Sinister Seductress" September 28, 2016 Youtube

Feminist Frequency (archive.fo)


Reception

Criticisms and Rebuttals

See Also:Feminist Frequency Criticism

Articles

Articles Written About the Series Author Publication Date Archives
Dishonesty: "Feminist Frequency, Part 1" @cainejw on Medium Unknown (archive.fo)
"Female Gamers React to Feminist Frequency’s Latest Video" -Opinion article covering various responses from female gamers Georgina Young on TechRaptor Unknown (archive.fo)
"25 Visible Benefits of Gaming While Female" Liz f on her blog Feels and Reals Unknown (archive.fo)
20 Responses to “25 Benefits of Gaming While Female” -responding directly to the original video. Liz f on her blog Feels and Reals Unknown (archive.fo)

Video Responses

May need cleanup to meet standards This is not a comprehensive list

Video Responses to the Series Creator Publication Date Views
"8 Anita Sarkeesian FAILS | #FemFreq" NateTalksToYou Jan 28, 2016 356,731
"25 benefits of being a female while gaming." QueenyMartha Dec 11, 2014 38,068
"Re: 25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming While Male - Gamer Privilege" MrRepzion Unknown Unknown
Feminism versus FACTS - Playlist (must be parsed as some are unrelated) Thunderf00t Unknown Unknown
The responce to Anita Sarkeesian Playlist - Playlist Unknown Unknown Unknown
Anti Femenism, Pro-Equality - Playlist (Needs work) Unknown Unknown Unknown
Why Anita Sarkeesian Almost Made Me Quit - Playlist Unknown Unknown Unknown
Why Anita Sarkeesian is Cancer - Playlist Unknown Unknown Unknown
Anita Sarkeesian - Playlist Unknown Unknown Unknown
Women Who Criticize Anita Sarkeesian - Playlist Unknown Unknown Unknown
Anita SarKeesian Encourages Manspreading Unknown Unknown Unknown
Anita Sarkeesian vs Humanity Unknown Unknown Unknown
Responce to Anita Sarkeesian 'Games Hate Women' Comment Vipersword100 Unknown Unknown
Anita Sarkeesian Admitted She Was Not A Gamer in 2010 (Flying Turkeys video clip by itself) Unkonwn Unknown Unknown
Contreversial Games BEAT UP ANITA SARKEESIAN Sentient Fart Cloud of Doom Unknown Unknown

See Also

A significant amount of information is in these articles.

Anita Sarkeesian

Feminist Frequency

References

External links