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Anita Sarkeesian's gaming series opens with Damsel in Distress

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The first episode of Anita Sarkeesian's video series on gaming: Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games, has been published to her Youtube channel.

Damsel in Distress deals with the ubiquitous representation of women as imperilled victims, constantly in need of a dashing hero to rescue them from towers, dungeons and the arms of evildoers.

Sarkeesian has produced a number of video series covering various aspects of feminism and the representation of women in the media, but came to the attention of the games industry when she launched a Kickstarter campaign for her latest series.

Despite enduring tides of sexist, racist and generally horrendous threats and abuse, Sarkeesian refused to be intimidated, ending her campaign having soared past her initial funding target, using the invective flung at her to draw further attention to the attitudes displayed by many gamers towards females in both games and wider life.

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