The first video in Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs. Women series is out.
I am proud to say I am one of the many people who helped fund the Kickstarter for this project. I'm happy to see Sarkeesian forge ahead despite the shocking personal and professional attacks she received. With the release of today's video, the misogynists were out in full force again. I got only a few comments in on Kotaku before I had to stop reading. I don't have the patience or the stomach for those tired old arguments about how women need to suck it up and stop whining. You can read for yourself, if you want.
Or for more intelligent discussion of these issues, Gamasutra:
I really don't understand why people have so much trouble with her analyzing games for these obvious tropes. If she was an academic writing a paper on this subject, would they get as riled up about it? Doubtful. From my perspective, she isn't saying anything particularly controversial, just pointing out the sexism in these tropes that permeate video games and other types of media, so I simply don't get the foam-flecked rage that she inpsires in some.
Twitter has been buzzing on the subject all day, with industry leaders weighing in on the issue. It's heartwarming to see the support this project is getting. I'll post tomorrow with some sample tweets.