Actually, About Half Of Gamers Are Women

Warning: Some links contain offensive language. If you watched the Microsoft Xbox One E3 press conference this past week, you may have noticed not a single featured game had a woman protagonist. If someone you know argues the reason for this is that game makers are simply reflecting a womanless market, we’re here to prove them wrong. […]

The Femisphere: Bloggers From Canada

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Women, Action and the Media (WAM!) recently released “Exploring the Canadian Feminist Blogosphere,” informed by research conducted on behalf of WAM! Vancouver. The report delves into the distinction between blogs that explicitly identify as feminist and those that come from a feminist sensibility. While it paints an interesting picture of the developing feminist blogosphere in […]

CreepShots: Are You Being Creeped On?

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If you’re a woman who has recently taken the bus, gone to the gym or attended class, there’s a chance you’ve unknowingly entertained a number of creeps on CreepShots. Voyeurism has reached a whole new level of creepy thanks to an online community of peeping toms who post, collect and exchange what they call “CreepShots.” The […]

#FBrape Campaign Takes on Facebook Misogyny and Wins!

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Congrats to Women, Action, and the Media and The Everyday Sexism Project for harnessing the power of social media to bring about positive change in well, social media. More than 60,000 tweets and 5,000 emails later, the spirited campaign that revolved around the #FBrape hashtag resulted in Facebook admitting that it has failed to remove […]

Rape-splaining: 10 Examples of Victim Blaming

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TRIGGER WARNING: discussions of rape, abusive and offensive language. The tragic case in December of 2012 of a 12-year-old girl raped at gunpoint by three teenage boys in Chicago sparked outrage and horror. This month, after Cook County prosecutors announced the boys will face charges as adults, many in the public have spoken out in support of […]

Top of the Lake: A Non-Watered-Down Depiction of Rape Culture

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Water has a complicated history in feminist thought. Women have been sometimes positively, sometimes negatively equated with water, with fluidity, with that which is not solid or tangible or rational and thus has the ability to flow, submerge, purify, gush … but also drown, pollute or erode. TV miniseries Top of the Lake builds on […]

Forking, Dongles and Cyber Misogyny

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Last summer, Avital Norman Nathman wrote about feminist video blogger Anita Sarkeesian’s Kickstarter proposal for a web series, Tropes vs. Women, and briefly mentioned the alarming backlash aimed at Sarkeesian for venturing to dissect sexist trends in video games. After receiving vicious YouTube comments, including “I hope you get cancer” and just about every misogynistic slur in the book, […]

Women on Stage–and at the Margins–at the Game Developers Conference

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The Independent Game Developers Association party at this year’s Game Developers Conference sent a clear message to its members–one that has members resigning leadership positions. At the party, held March 26, attendees found networking opportunities, drinks–and provocatively dressed female dancers. For an organization that champions inclusivity and diversity among professional game developers, the choice was […]

Mad Men And The CLIO Awards: How Much Has Really Changed Since 1965?

While you prepare ingredients for an old-fashioned in anticipation of Mad Men‘s season premiere this Sunday, let’s take a quick look at how much the advertising industry has changed since the days of Mad Men. The CLIO Awards, arguably the world’s best-known advertising honors, will have its 54th annual ceremony on May 15. This year’s […]

“Half the Sky” Turns a Well-Known Book into Facebook Game

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, esteemed journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have announced the release of the most recent addition to their Half the Sky Movement—on Facebook. Half the Sky Movement: The Game is based off real-world situations that affect women and girls in developing countries, and each challenge that players unlock will […]