And this time, I don’t mean Lara Croft.
Media critic and feminist extraordinaire Anita Sarkeesian first rose into the pop culture spotlight by starting a Kickstarter project to fund her “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games” series. She then began receiving death and rape threats by the dozen. One harasser even sent an email to a university where she was scheduled to speak, threatening to shoot up the entire school and “expose her feminist lies.”
While no doubt unnerving for Sarkeesian and incredibly depressing for the future moral integrity of the gaming population, the harassment she faced actually helped bring sexism in gaming to the forefront of media attention.
Her blog, “Feminist Frequency”, started in 2009, is a functional extension of her videos, providing descriptive content and information aimed at attacking and dissecting the various tropes women face in popular culture.
I first came across Sarkeesian’s name in a “Bloomberg Businessweek” article describing her epic struggle against the gaming industry. I used that article and her videos as inspiration for my English 105i research project and this blog.
Because if she can muster the courage to post videos even after receiving countless death threats from gaming trolls, I can definitely find it within myself to write a couple lines a week about a subject I care so much about.
Recipient of the 2014 Game Developers Choice Ambassador Award, honorary award winner of the 2013 National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, and 2014 nominee for Microsoft’s Women in Games Ambassador Award, Anita Sarkeesian is a true leader in her field and an outspoken feminist activist.
She is the Godmother of gaming and just an all around amazing person. So, Anita, this one is for you.
Game on, you goddess, and let the power of Lara Croft be with you.
P.S. If you want a taste of her awesomeness, here’s her latest video.