A female friend recommended that i watch Damsels in Distress – Tropes vs Women in Video Games and now i’m suggesting it to you, especially if you’re a woman or a male…yep, i’m covering all bases and even more so to those of you that are parents or educators.
Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, presenter Anita Sarkeesian, a lover of gaming and women’s rights, criticizes women as icons of powerlessness, most often victims of kidnap and death spurring male characters to rescue or vengeance. It reduces women to plot motivators rather than plot heroes.
“Developers must hope that by exploiting sensationalized images of brutalized women it’ll be enough to fool games that their games are becoming more emotionally sophisticated. But the truth is that there is nothing mature about most of these stories. Many cross the line into blatant misogyny. What we’re really talking about here is violence against women…about women being victimized…or mercy killings… Continue reading