Watch: Feminist Frequency’s Damsel in Distress episode, Part 2

Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency has debuted the second part of her “Tropes vs Women in Video Games” episode on damsels in distress.

The script’s use of repetitive language is particularly powerful, exposing the unoriginality of misogynistic plots. Sarkeesian also does a good job of explaining how this violence affects our analog world for those disinclined to believe any connection. It’s disappointingly easy to recognize what points she makes in response to sexist critics, promising them they can still enjoy their games and professing confidence in designers’ motives, and I hate that Sarkeesian has to soothe them to get her point across: even if game creators just haven’t put a lot of thought into gender, as she suggests, I still think they’re culpable. At the same time, though, she makes the video emotionally accessible for skeptics, allowing them to abandon their defensiveness, without substantively compromising her position. That’s a remarkable feat.

Unsurprisingly, the video was briefly removed by YouTube due to user complaints–Sarkeesian has faced harassment for challenging sexism within gaming culture since she started fundraising–but it’s back online now. You can watch the video below and read the transcript on Feminist Frequency. For background, make sure to catch up on our coverage of the first episode and our Feministing Five with Sarkeesian.

Trigger warning for violence against women.

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Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a national legal education campaign against campus gender-based violence. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. Through Know Your IX, she has organized with students across the country to build campuses free from discrimination and violence, developed federal policy on Title IX enforcement, and has testified at the Senate. At Yale Law, Alexandra focuses on antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Alexandra is committed to developing and strengthening responses to gender-based violence outside the criminal justice system through writing, organizing, and the law. Keep an eye out for The Feminist Utopia Project, co-edited by Alexandra and forthcoming from the Feminist Press (2015).

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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