Anita Sarkeesian, the vlogger responsible for FeministFrequency, is running a Kickstarter to create an in-depth video series on sexism in video games.
The videos she makes on her own budget are amazing, so I can't wait to see what she does with financial support. Her initial proposal was to make a set of five videos on gamer tropes that repeatedly depict women in a marginalized or objectified light:
- Damsel in Distress
- The Fighting F#@k Toy
- The Sexy Sidekick
- The Sexy Villainess
- Background Decoration
But her donors shot way past the initial $6,000 goal in the first 24 hours, and now the project is into stretch goals territory. The first one was achieved within the first week, the next one the following week, and the project is only about $1000 short of goal #3, creating a classroom curriculum using the materials of the series.
Thanks to the additional donations, we're also getting these videos:
- Voodoo Priestess/Tribal Sorceress
- Woman as Reward
- Mrs. Male Character
- Unattractive Equals Evil
- Man with Boobs
- Bonus Video - Positive Female Characters!
Content like this is important for a lot of reasons. Anita Sarkeesian's FeministFrequency videos offer a way into a dialogue about sexism in pop culture without requiring a prep course in postmodernism. The video game industry and nerd culture have some huge problems with sexism, and high-quality, easy to digest content addressing it, like the stuff Anita produces, make it a lot easier (a.) for fence-sitters to see what's wrong with the stuff that might have only made them a little uncomfortable, and (b.) for people in the industry who do want to make less sexist content to make the case for their artistic decisions. (It's hard to make genuinely progressive games if you're the only one on staff who cares about it and your boss insists that it'll be more marketable if the women are good wank material.)
I won't be able to contribute (I don't have any money) but I hope anyone reading this with some cash to spare pitches in. This is exactly the sort of media we need.