Listening to the CNN-News today I stumbled upon a media researcher, Anita Sarkeesian. Her field of interest is mostly female stereotypes in video games and also other kind of media.
She casts pretty fun to watch (at least from my perspective) videos on her website www.feministfrequency.com and also on her YouTube Channel, that give a serious analysis on male and female characters and stereotypes in video games. There are equally interesting for social scientists and the general public.
Sadly though, she hasn’t discussed some of my favourites (Tron: Uprising and Ghost in the Shell) but maybe they are too far away from her research topic or too less problematic (in Ghost of the Shell the main character is a sexy woman in a cybernetic body that not only kicks a lot of ass but is also deeply philosophical about human existence etc. On the other hand we still have the sexy female stereotype – she’s walking half naked all the time – which makes it interesting to analyse). Or what about the last Star Craft expansion? Sarah Kerrigan definitely doesn’t need to be rescued this time :) (But is also walking around half naked…)
Anyway, Sarkeesian seems to be not very popular among some representatives of one particular part of Earth’s population (we all know which one) who tried to intimidate her in the most boring, mediocre and foreseeable way – by mobbing her online. Well, this didn’t work :D. You can watch the CNN-Interview for details.
In conclusion: Anita Sarkeesian’s website and podcast are definitely worth taking a look at, especially if you are interested in gender stereotypes, pop culture and/or video games:)