The latest episode of Feminist Frequency's ongoing Tropes vs Women in Video Games series is out today, presenting part two of the women as background decoration trope. This episode also comes with a pretty strong content warning, as it depicts a lot of very graphic violence against female characters. It's absolutely brutal and some viewers may want to skip this particular episode as a result, but it offers some very important critical commentary on the ways that violence against women is used in games.
Watch the full episode for yourself:
Remember that it's crucial to be critical of the media that you love; the only thing that passive consumption encourages is stagnation. Whether or not you agree with every point that Anita Sarkeesian presents in these videos, ultimately this kind of criticism is what pushes a medium to grow and improve.Tweet
Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart on Twitter, Iris Ophelia in Second Life) has been writing about virtual worlds and video games for nearly a decade, and has had her work featured on Paste, Kotaku, Jezebel and The Mary Sue.