Joss Whedon Defends Tropes vs. Women in Video Games as Truth-Telling

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 1:23PM
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 1:23PM
Joss Whedon Defends Tropes vs. Women in Video Games as Truth-Telling

Our favorite Marvel bigwig/feminist came out to support Anita Sarkeesian and her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series with these tweets:

 

 

 

Sarkeesian began the series with Tropes vs. Women in a collaboration with Bitch magazine last year. These videos discussed tropes in films and television such as Manic Pixie Dream Girl, Evil Demon Seductress, and Straw Feminist. Her follow-up series, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, was crowdfunded by Kickstarter and has released six videos so far. The videos have been met with acclaim, but her efforts have also been met with ongoing sexual harassment that has reached horrifying proportions. Bloggers have created sexist memes with Sarkeesian's likeness and photoshopped images of her holding up degrading messages. Hackers have taken credit for taking down the server on her website. Some have gone so far as to post drawings of Sarkeesian being raped, often by video game characters. One harasser mocked her by creating the new trope "Feminist Fucktoy" with accompanying images, and an online video game was created that was called "Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian." It's exactly what it sounds like.

 

These compiled images are among the tamest examples:

 

[Credit: Anita Sarkeesian]

 

Many have cited this widespread response as an example of Lewis's Law, named after journalist Helen Lewis, who said, "The comments on any article about feminism justify feminism."

 

Damsels in Distress Pt 1: The woman whose sole purpose is to be saved by the man

 

[Credit: Feminist Frequency]

 

Damsels in Distress Pt 2: The edgy variations of the Damsels in Distress trope, including "the disposable woman," "mercy killing," and "woman in refrigerator"

 

[Credit: Feminist Frequency]

 

Damsels in Distress Pt 3: "Ironic sexism" and games that attempt to deconstruct the trope

 

[Credit: Feminist Frequency]

 

Ms. Male Character: In which a female version of a typically male character becomes defined by her relationship to the male characters and is nothing more than a token

 

[Credit: Feminist Frequency]

 

Woman as Background Decoration Pt 1: The non-playable sexually attractive woman who is victimized as a way to provide "edginess" and "environmental texture"

 

[Credit: Feminist Frequency]

 

Woman as Background Decoration Pt 2: Women's bodies as objects of male aggression and sexual violence

 

[Credit: Feminist Frequency]

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