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Harassment, Misogyny and Silencing on YouTube | Feminist Frequency

Feminist Frequency is a cool blog.

And misogyny in the video game culture is big problem.

Here is a very small sample of the harassment I deal with for daring to criticize sexism in video games. Keep in mind that all this is in response to my Kickstarter project for a video series called Tropes vs. Women in Video Games (which I have not even made yet). These are the types of silencing tactics often used against women on the internet who dare to speak up. But don’t worry it won’t stop me!

Harassment, Misogyny and Silencing on YouTube | Feminist Frequency.


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Unleash the Battle Nuns

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Perhaps you are one of the people who have seen, and become angry about, the latest trailer for the forthcoming Hitman Absolution. Hitman Absolution is a game in which you murder All The People, All The Time, but that’s not what people – predominately gamers rather than any other kind of pundit – are in a froth about. Here’s the offending trailer:

In case you’re wondering, it’s offensive because of sexism.

This article is written in reverse order. I’m going to explain why I think the trailer is bad. Then I’m going to review what some other pundits have said and explain where I think they’ve gone wrong. The trailer itself is almost a non-event: what’s far more interesting is the different ways parts of the blogosphere have responded to it, and what it reveals about geeks as a people.

The trailer – in case you decided not to watch…

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Uncharted territory


Warning: this post contains strong language, trigger phrases and a lot of fury

I know very little about gaming and what I do know is opinion. Mostly mine, although I do acknowledge that other people are entitled to their own.  However, I do know about sexism and it seems that on the great Venn diagram of the internet, recently the two have overlapped. And that makes it my business.

At the weekend my boyfriend showed me a delightful (that was my sarcastic font) trailer for a new game entitled Hitman Absolution. Not because he thought I might like to play it, but because of the rampantly sexist content. I won’t go into it now because my friend Tim does the job much better than I ever could here: http://unsuitableforadults.com  but it involves a posse of dominatrix nuns being beaten to a bloody pulp by the love child of Vin…

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