Editor’s note: Feminist vlogger Anita Sarkeesian recently made news with her Kickstarter.com proposal to raise money for a video project called “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games.” The project is a continuation of her popular series “Tropes vs. Women,” which explores potentially damaging female tropes, or common, overused themes, character types and plot elements in popular media. The controversy came from a slew of hateful comments made about the project on Kickstarter and across the Internet. The harassment galvanized supporters of the project into donating a total of $158,917, a number far exceeding Sarkeesian’s original $6,000 goal.
ROOT: Gaming culture bullies betray geek camaraderie, openness to new ideas
Geeks, nerds, others assorted misfits, lend me your ears!
The time has arrived for us to reflect on our collective behavior and look a little deeper at our culture. But instead of using this opportunity, many of us have squandered it and blamed the person who dared to shed a little light upon us…
column by Rhiannon Root
HUFF: Sole focus on problematic women’s representation misses the point
Forget “Tropes vs. Women,” Anita Sarkeesian should make “Tropes vs. The World.”
While it’s true that the “Tropes vs. Women” series is an informative and thought-provoking way to start a dialogue about the common tropes that plague women in popular culture, the limited scope of the series misses the bigger picture…
column by Bea Huff