‘Tropes vs. Women’ reveals staggering number of video games that treat women as sex objects

After a seven-month break, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian and Feminist Frequency have released the latest Tropes vs. Women in Video Games video. This new video, following up on previous episodes about damsels in distress and the so-called “Ms. Male Character,” analyzes gaming’s time-honored tendency to treat non-playable female characters as decoration and sex objects. Given how the male gaze is culturally embedded in Western society, video games, Sarkeesian argues, ratchet the issue up by giving the player the ability to act out this imperative — which is unfortunate when you consider how powerful games are at communicating ideas. “Interactive media has the potential to be a perfect medium to genuinely explore sex and sexuality,” she…

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