Anita Sarkeesian and Feminist Frequency
In our post Anita Sarkeesian and Tropes vs. Women in Gaming, the discussion revolves around the first Kickstarter campaign for Anita's video series and the harassment of Anita that followed.
Feminist Frequency is both a video series and a non-profit organization founded in 2009 by Anita Sarkeesian. Seeing as the Tropes vs Women in Gaming series has concluded, this post will attempt to chronicle the current and future endeavors of Feminist Frequency as well as responses and commentary surrounding the organization.
On January 23, 2015, Feminist Frequency released their inaugural report, free to be viewed by the public in PDF format.
In April 2015, it was announced that Anita Sarkeesian made the Time 100 as "gaming's feminist advocate" under the Pioneers category.
Forbes summarizes the earnings of the organization in Anita Sarkeesian releases Kickstarter breakdown, raised $440,000 in 2014
In the following piece, Jef Rounder addresses the harassment endured by Anita Sarkeesian and critiques the lack of intersectionality within her Tropes Vs. Women videos (Jan 22, 2015): Here’s that valid criticism of Anita Sarkeesian you wanted
Two New Video Series Announced
However, as with previous projects, there has already been harassment and backlash targeted at Feminist Frequency in response to this.
Users have a heated discussion in the comments section of GamesIndustry.biz coverage (Jan. 27, 2015)
The Guardian breaks down the recent threats: When will gamers understand that criticism isn't censorship? (Jan. 30, 2015)
Positive Female Characters
Changing pace from her original series that discussed misrepresentation of women in video games, Anita has taken a more positive spin with the new series focusing on positive and strong female characters.
New Feminist Frequency video is the first in the new "Positive Female Characters series (Sam Maggs on TheMarySue Mar. 31, 2015)
New Feminist Frequency video in "Positive Female Characters" series examines Ubisoft's Beyond Good & Evil (Carolyn Cox, TheMarySue May 12, 2015)
Anita Sarkeesian named Harvard Humanist of the Year 2014 (GamePolitics Feb. 4, 2015)
TowerFall pays tribute to Anita Sarkeesian with new character (Megan Farokhmanesh on Polygon Feb. 10, 2015)
How Anita Sarkeesian wants video games to change (Stephen Totilo on Kotaku Feb. 26, 2015)
Anti-Feminist Frequency pamphlets appear on poles around E3 convention (Brian Crecente on Polygon June 18, 2015)
Feminism activist and gamer Anita Sarkeesian discusses online inclusivity in Vancouver (Anna Dimoff on CBC news April 21, 2017)