Anita Sarkeesian, the controversial feminist critic whose plans to produce a crowdfunded video series about female tropes in video games led to someone creating a video game all about punching her in the face, is almost ready to show her work.
Sarkeesian tells Kotaku that she’s aiming to launch the project’s first video very soon.
“The new Tropes vs Women videos are currently in production and we are shooting for the first video to be released in February,” she said in an e-mail. “Due to all the unexpected extra Kickstarter funding we were able to greatly expand the scope, scale and production values of the project which is exciting but also means we’ve had to rework our timetable.”
She’s only “controversial” because she dared to look at a space, the gaming world, that a whole lot of men believe they own, for the record. She’s controversial because she asked for money, she instead got abuse from the entitled assholes, then when people saw the abuse they gave her way more money than she was asking for. Since then, people have called her a scammer repeatedly because no videos had then been produced. Never mind that she explained that, to meet the challenge presented by her being given $150,000 in response to a request for ~$1500, she has ramped up production values and the scope of the series, and that takes time to do.
So a video is about to be released. I’m going to guess it’ll be about 15 mins, like her others in previous series. I’m also guessing it will be very well-researched, given that she’s apparently set up a Tumblr showing well over a hundred video game screenshots over the past few days. And I’m guessing that’s where most of the pushback came from — entitled douchebros recognizing that the whole medium is rife with tropes that are worth criticizing.
And I’m further guessing that even if the entirety of the series were posted tomorrow and it had the budget of an action movie, I would still get a dozen hits to my blog a day from people Googling “anita sarkeesian scam”. Because people love that narrative for some reason. They love to question why people got donations when they asked for them. They love to try to catch people out on some kind of con, even when there’s zero evidence of wrongdoing, and zero requests for refunds by the donors.
Also, pro tip to media creators: use TV Tropes. Invert as many tropes as you can. Don’t fall into using tropes to replace actually having to write a character, especially not women who already get short shrift in media. It’s well possible to create fully realized, well-rounded characters without relying on tropes so damn much. And as a bonus, you’ll probably be considered the next Joss Whedon, if you catch a studio’s eye.