Farewell to “Tropes Vs. Women” | Vol. 4 / No. 29.1

A short and bittersweet post from Elle, as she’s traveling sans laptop this week.

I’m traveling this week, and going far outside my comfort zone while doing so: y’all, I’m leaving my laptop behind. I’m gonna feel so bereft. But thanks to my laptop-less travel, I’m only able to give you a short and bittersweet post. It’s the end of an era, and Anita Sarkeesian has posted her final “Tropes Vs. Women” video. The dark days of GamerGate and the initial kerfuffle over Sarkeesian’s videos seem both recent and long ago, but the core issues behind both (injured male ego and a need to examine problematic gender dynamics in gaming) remain vitally important today. Love them or hate them, Sarkeesian’s videos have prompted a much needed discussion about the role of women in games and gaming culture. Sarkeesian’s Feminist Frequency page remains, and it looks like she’ll be tackling a lot of other important issues, such as whitewashing in Hollywood, so we at least don’t have to say goodbye for good.

[Editor’s Note: I’m embedding the video below for convenience, but you should definitely still go to Feminist Frequency to check out the other videos if you haven’t yet.]

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Elle Irise is a regular contributor to This Week In Tomorrow. When she’s not travelling without her laptop, she studies gender in popular culture.

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