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As a man, my gender is overrepresented in in the world of video games. On those rare occasions when games offer up compelling, nuanced characters, they’re almost always male. Plus, when I venture into the online gaming world, no one is going to threaten to rape me or call me a slut.
Unfortunately, the opposite is true for female gamers. In short, there’s a pretty stark divide between the experiences of male and female gamers, and that’s why Anita Sarkeesian is an important pundit at the moment.
Sarkeesian runs a video blog called Feminist Frequency, and since 2011 she’s been publishing a series of YouTube videos called “Tropes vs. Women.” In them, she examines pop-culture tropes that she sees as perpetuating stale or offensive ideas about women.