2015’s TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World

April 16, 2015

Anita Sarkeesian TIME 100

TIME magazine has named Feminist Frequency’s Anita Sarkeesian to the 2015 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

“I appreciate the honor of being included in the TIME 100. It’s gratifying to see Feminist Frequency’s educational media criticism work recognized in this way,” Sarkeesian said of the distinction. “I’m encouraged that our video series on the portrayal of women in video games is starting to have a tangible impact on the gaming industry at large. This honor also highlights the importance of cultural and media criticism in promoting gender equity.”

Feminist Frequency is a not-for-profit, educational organization providing comprehensive analyses of modern media from a critical perspective on societal issues such as race, gender, and sexuality. Creating publicly available and ad-free videos, Feminist Frequency encourages viewers to critically engage with mass media and provides resources for media makers to improve their works of fiction.

The full list and related tributes appear in the April 27 issue of TIME, available on newsstands and tablets on Friday, April 17, and now at time.com/time100.

For high resolution photos of Anita Sarkeesian see: https://www.flickr.com/photos/femfreq

The Scythian – Sword & Sworcery

March 31, 2015

In the debut episode of our series on Positive Female Characters, we celebrate the Scythian, the protagonist of Capybara Games’ 2011 release Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. This episode examines how Sword & Sworcery employs widely recognizable action adventure game tropes to make the Scythian’s quest feel like the stuff of video game legend, and how in doing so, it asserts that women can fill the role of the mythic hero as effectively as men can.

For more information on the game visit their website: http://www.swordandsworcery.com/

Full transcript below.

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‘How to be a Feminist’ Panel at All About Women

March 24, 2015

I was invited to speak on several panels about feminism and the impacts of online harassment at the 2015 All About Women conference taking place annually at the Sydney Opera House. Here is a video excerpt of my short opening speech on the panel, “How to be a feminist”.

The full panel with Clementine Ford, Roxane Gay, Germaine Greer, Celeste Liddle, and Tara Moss is available here.

You can also see my speech on the “What I Couldn’t Say” panel.

Full transcript below.

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‘What I Couldn’t Say’ Panel at All About Women

March 21, 2015

I was invited to speak on several panels about feminism and the impacts of online harassment at the 2015 All About Women conference taking place annually at the Sydney Opera House. Here is a video of my speech for the panel entitled, “What I Couldn’t Say.”

Full transcript below.

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Feminist Frequency’s 2014 Annual Report

January 23, 2015

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The Feminist Frequency team is proud to present our inaugural annual report. The Feminist Frequency 2014 Annual Report features our new mission statement, statement of purpose, media highlights from the year, our social media data summary, along with our audited financial status and plans for the remainder of 2015.

This was a tumultuous year for the games industry as a whole and a challenging year for all of us at Feminist Frequency. We believe that this report underscores the obstacles we faced and highlights all that we’ve accomplished in 2014.

Big thank you to Katie Batterman and Rachelle Abellar for their hard work putting this document together.

Download the Feminist Frequency 2014 Annual Report [PDF].

Five Feminist Moments in Video Games

December 17, 2014

This week, the web magazine Matter is hosting the New York Review of Video Games. I was asked to think about some of my favourite feminist moments in games, so I reached out to Carolyn Petit and we put together this short list of Five Feminist Moments in Video Games.

 

 

25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming While Male

December 2, 2014

This video is based on the article “Playing with privilege: the invisible benefits of gaming while male” written by Tropes vs Women in Video Games producer Jonathan McIntosh.

Many women have courageously spoken out about how they experience alienation and harassment in gaming. Despite this fact, too many male gamers still dismiss the issue as “no big deal” and insist that there isn’t really a problem. One of the luxuries of being a member of a privileged group is that the benefits afforded often remain invisible. This blindness allows many men, even well meaning men, to remain blissfully unaware of what roughly half of all gamers experience on a fairly regular basis. With that in mind the following is a checklist of some of the concrete benefits that male gamers automatically receive simply for being male gamers.

Please note: This list is referring primarily to straight men who are not transgender but similar lists could be created for white, straight, cis, or able-bodied privilege and there would certainly be some overlap with the conditions identified in this video.

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Anita Sarkeesian on The Colbert Report

November 2, 2014

On October 30, 2014, Anita Sarkeesian was invited to be a guest on The Colbert Report to discuss online harassment and the sexist representations of women in video games. You can watch the opening segment outlining what GamerGate is and how it’s connected to sexist harassment here.

Media Interview Link Round up for October 2014

October 23, 2014

I was invited to speak at Utah State University on Wednesday October 15th, 2014 about women’s representations in video games. Sadly, the university received a series of emails threatening to commit “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if I was allowed to speak on campus. When USU and Utah police refused to screen attendees for firearms, citing the state’s concealed carry laws, I was forced to cancel the event. Below is a round up of media interviews I have done recently speaking about the threats in Utah, the epidemic of gendered harassment online, and the larger problem of sexism within the games industry as a whole.

Print & Web

Radio

Television

 

Anita Sarkeesian speaking at XOXO Conference

October 7, 2014

In September 2014, I was invited to speak at the XOXO conference & festival in Portland. I used the opportunity to talk about two subtle forms of harassment that are commonly used to try and defame, discredit and ultimately silence women online: conspiracy theories and impersonation. (Note: trigger warning early on for examples of rape and death threats as well as blurred images of weaponized pornography).

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