Anita Sarkeesian – Feminist Frequency

Anita Sarkeesian

Executive Director and Buffy the Vampire Slayer Enthusiast

Masculinity, Rage, and Racism: Some Thoughts on War for the Planet of the Apes
War for the Planet of the Apes may be the least subtle film I have ever seen. Of course, not every film has to be subtle, but at a certain point, enduring a movie that repeatedly bludgeons you with sledgehammers of obvious meaning becomes a numbing experience. War crosses that mark within its opening 15 minutes, […]
On VidCon, Harassment & Garbage Humans
To kick off the Women Online panel at VidCon last Thursday, the moderator posed the question: Why do we still have to talk about the harassment of women? I replied, “Because I think one of my biggest harassers is sitting in the front row.” He showed up with several others; together, his group took up the […]
Wonder Woman: The Hero We Need in a Film That Falls Short
After seeing Wonder Woman last Friday and having a chat on Facebook Live to share our immediate impressions, Anita and I exchanged emails this weekend to discuss the film in more detail once we’d had a little time to process their thoughts. Be aware that we talk about the ending in some detail, so… Anita: There’s […]
A Message from Anita on the End of Tropes
Well, here we are folks. I knew this day was coming but it always seemed so far away. After five long years, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games is over. This is one of the most emotionally complicated projects I’ve ever created. It has been simultaneously awful and wonderful, and the journey is one which I […]
Logan: A Film Fighting With Itself
It’s telling that Logan, Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine after playing the character for 17 years, heavily references a moment in Shane, the legendary 1953 Western. Specifically, it references the moment when gunfighter Shane tells Joey, the young son of some local ranchers, “Joey, there’s no living with, with a killing. There’s no going back […]
Resting and Reading: Thoughts on Self-Care and the Importance of Inspiration
Sometimes people will ask me for advice on how to maintain both creative work and social activism for the long haul, and every time, one of the most crucial suggestions I can offer is to take honest-to-goodness breaks. I’ll say, “You are no good to anyone if you are too tired or too burnt out.” The […]
Trump, GamerGate, and Online Mobs
After the election of Donald Trump, I was asked by numerous media outlets to speak about Trump and GamerGate in the same breath. Initially, part of me wanted to reject the comparison as trite and absurd, along with the very notion that something that happened in a comparatively small industry could be held up alongside an […]
FREQ #11: Teal Sherer Talks
Each month, FREQ will bring you the latest news and updates from Feminist Frequency, as well as interviews with some of the most inspiring women in media. Our latest issue features an interview with Teal Sherer. Teal Sherer’s acting resume, which includes roles in film, theater and television, also boasts several special skills that few actors […]
FemFreq Fave Five: Anita’s Picks for 2016
At FemFreq, despite being deeply concerned with media and with how representations in the media impact our culture, we don’t always get to talk about the media we love. Sometimes it’s because we just don’t have time to review a particular work, and sometimes it’s simply that it doesn’t fall within the scope of what we […]
Beyond the Safety Pin: The Work Begins Now
My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit. — Flavia Dzodan With Donald Trump winning the 2016 US presidential election, many people in the US have spent the past few days in shock, disbelief and fear. Trump’s racist, sexist rhetoric has had very real consequences, fanning the flames of hatred and white supremacy, and […]