Tropes vs Women in Video Games – Page 2 – Feminist Frequency

Funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign supported by 6,968 backers, the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series aims to examine limiting, sexist patterns associated with female representations in games, and to illuminate how these patterns reinforce and perpetuate harmful attitudes about women in our culture.

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The Scythian – Sword & Sworcery
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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 […]

Women as Background Decoration (Part 2)
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This is the second episode exploring the Women as Background Decoration trope in video games. In this installment we expand our discussion to examine how sexualized female bodies often occupy a dual role as both sexual playthings and the perpetual victims of male violence. The Women as […]

Women as Background Decoration (Part 1)
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In this episode we explore the Women as Background Decoration trope which is the subset of largely insignificant non-playable female characters whose sexuality or victimhood is exploited as […]

Ms. Male Character – Tropes vs Women
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In this episode we examine the Ms. Male Character trope and briefly discuss a related pattern called the Smurfette Principle. We’ve defined the Ms. Male Character Trope as: […]

Damsel in Distress (Part 3) Tropes vs Women
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This is the third installment in our three part mini-series exploring the Damsel in Distress trope in video games. In this episode we examine the rare Dude in […]

Damsel in Distress (Part 2) Tropes vs Women
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This is the second in a series of three videos exploring the Damsel in Distress trope in video games. In this installment we look at “dark and edgy” […]

Damsel in Distress (Part 1) Tropes vs Women
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This video explores how the Damsel in Distress became one of the most widely used gendered cliché in the history of gaming and why the trope  has been core […]

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