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.