Damsels In Distress: Women In Video Games

Prairie Dog’s annual equity report came out yesterday and in it I ran a piece called “Revenge of the Nerd Girls“. It starts with the story of Anita Sarkeesian and all the flack she got for funding a video series through Kickstarter.

That video series is called Tropes Vs Women in Video Games and the first episode launched today, International Women’s Day.

Even if you have no interest in video games, this is well worth watching.

A funny thing happened to Sarkeesian on the way to getting this first episode of TvWiVG out…

She was accused of buying shoes.

An image was posted to Reddit last month supposedly showing a screencap of her twitter feed in which she’s bragging about spending $1,000 on a pair of shoes. Internet trolls instantly seized on this as evidence that she was taking her Kickstarter money and using it to buy fancy clothes for herself.

The accusations against her elevated from “She’s a misandrist!” to “She’s a scammer!”

Except it turns out that the screencap was a photoshop job. She was framed. No shoes were bought with Kickstarter money. And she’s delivered the first episode of the series on International Women’s Day. Couldn’t be a more appropriate kickoff.

More on this at The Daily Dot and Gameranx.

Author: Paul Dechene

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