To continue the “Blogs We Love” thread I’d like to introduce one of my new finds, Feminist Frequency and it’s accompanying YouTube channel.  Led by media critic Anita Sarkeesian, this site presents “a video webseries that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives.”

Well researched and well presented, the “Tropes vs Women” video series focuses particularly on video games and traditional media.  Videos exploring recurring “stories, themes and representations of women in Hollywood films and TV shows” include:

  1. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl
  2. Women in Refrigerators
  3. The Smurfette Principle
  4. The Evil Demon Seductress
  5. The Mystical Pregnancy
  6. The Straw Feminist

 

 

Video game related topics have included:

Sarkeesian does a wonderful job presenting well balanced and well organized evidence for each “trope” gathered from both media sources and academic research.  I found the identification and naming of specific “tropes” to be an empowering approach as it ultimately offers targeted avenues for change.

The site also links to Ms. Sarkeesian’s TEDxWomen talk regarding online harassment, a variety of other videos, and lists of games, TV shows, novels & comics, films, blogs, nonfiction books, etc. that might be of interest.  It’s definitely worth checking out!

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