a forum post I read recently, trying to give a solid example of what ‘male objectification in gaming ’ would actually look like if it was anything equivalent to current female objectification in gaming. (via nothingbutsurrender)
I think I reblogged this before, but I’m just gonna reblog it again.
This. So much
Jimquisition: I’m Going to Murder Your Children
If your first response to a game creator doing something you dislike is to get personal with them and threaten their families, you waive any righteousness you might have had. Seems like a no-brainer … yet so few of us seem to have brains.
It’s sad this episode had to be made, but here’s a Jimquisition about how you’re a total piece of shit if you threaten to murder somebody’s child. Yes … this had to be pointed out.
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 Distress role reversal and then take a look at the use of “ironic sexism” in retro inspired indie and mobile games. We conclude with an investigation of some titles that attempt to subvert or deconstruct the traditional damsel narrative.
Watch The Damsel in Distress Part 1
Watch The Damsel in Distress Part 2
Links, resources and a full transcript is available at
You can also watch and share the stand alone “The Legend of the Last Princess" animation on YouTube.
Captions and Subtitles coming soon!
INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM, video game style
"My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit." — Flavia Dzodan
Male privilege is telling me that girls only play video games for their boyfriends. It’s about hearing that the sequel of one of my favorite games, Borderlands, a role-playing first person shooter, is going to have something called “girlfriend” mode which will make it easier for the player to hit their targets.
Male privilege is making a skill tree intended to helping noobs and calling it “girlfriend mode.”
Male privilege is telling your customers that if you let a girl beat you in your video game, she’ll give you oral.
Male privilege is also assuming that all of your customers for said video game are male.
In this New Statesman article, Helen Lewis discusses some of the hate & harassment I have faced since launching my Tropes vs Women in Video Games Kickstarter including a flash game where players are invited to “Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian”.
Here are a few follow up posts by various bloggers about the “game” and its creator:
- Man Disagrees With Woman, Makes Game About Punching Her
- The “wit” and “wisdom” of the guy who created that “beat up Anita Sarkeesian” game
- Storify: Why is this conversation necessary?
Note: I think its important to keep in mind that this domestic violence “game” and its creator are only a symptom of the much larger cultural problem called misogyny. The problem is a society-wide epidemic that reaches far beyond the vile actions of one individual.