Tropes vs. Women in Video Games and the Responsibility of a Kickstarter

Okay, show of hands: who has heard of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games? Okay, great. You can put your hands down… did you just put your hand down the front of your pants? This is embarrassing, let’s move on. Last year, Anita Sarkeesian ran a Kickstarter to fund a series of videos exploring the role females have had in video games along with the cultural and critical implications. The Kickstarter was a huge success, and for good reason. How women are treated in video games is an important and interesting thing to talk about. But I have a problem with the series so far. No, it’s not the arguments or observations she’s making. It’s the way the series is being run that’s got me nervous.

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