Despite the fact that women make up a significant and growing percentage of gamers, the virtual world remains dominated by men and women, when represented, are shown in some very stereotypical ways. In several provocative videos, Anita Sarkeesian examines the limited and frequently disturbing images of women in video games.
Several years ago, media critic Anita Sarkeesian launched Feminist Frequencies, a video web series examining the representation of women in popular culture, triggering an all-out misogynist attack by gamers. Watch the following videos for a examination of female characters in video games and the all-too frequent depiction of women as victims of men’s violence
To see all of her videos, check out her youtube page.
These videos elicited a massive online attack, which, as she interestingly explains in this next video, was structured as a game where she became the opponent to be destroyed.