Posts Tagged ‘sexism’


The Sad State of Facebook Gaming Ads

The advertisements that appear on the sidebars of Facebook pages are creepy. It’s true for a number of reasons. For instance I’ve heard stories passed around of people – specifically “edgy” looking girls – who have posted pictures on their personal social media pages only to have their faces wind up on ads from everything […]


Bringing #NotBuyingIt into Video Games

This past weekend during the Super Bowl thousands took to Twitter to address their concerns over representation in advertisements during the various commercial breaks that are arguably as watched as the game itself. Each tweet called out various offenses that a number of companies were guilty of – lack of representation, unhealthy representation, and over-sexualization […]


The Power in Pink?: Thinking About Princesses and Feminism

Let me start by saying something that anyone who has ever listened to our show already knows…I Hate Pink! I have hated pink for so long and with such passion that I can no longer remember if I have always hated pink or if I hate pink because of all that it has come to […]


We Are Not Welcome Here: The Continued Plight of Women in Geek and Gaming Culture

Possible triggers: sexual violence and assault. Game developer Brianna Wu of Giant Spacekat recently wrote a an essay that started as an examination of a game-of-the-year podcast and became a critique of gaming podcasts in general, an essay demonstrating how the dominant paradigm in gaming journalism — typically straight, white, male writers — reflects the […]


(Mis)Representations of Women: Losing Sight of the Real

Hideo Kojima issued a challenge to cosplayers everywhere when he said of Metal Gear Solid V’s sniper Quiet, “The initial target [of the character] is to make u want to do cosplay… [but] this one may not be cosplayable.” Challenge accepted and surmounted, Kojima, by one Kelly Jean, who is not only selling prints of […]


Power Hour Review: The Wolf Among Us (XBox 360)

This game really reminds me of why I hate fairytales and fables and why they don’t have a prominent place in my home. You play through this game as the sheriff of Fabletown Bigby Wolf who is in charge of keeping these rowdy assed fable characters out of trouble and making sure that they stay […]


Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine: On Race and Sex in Saints Row IV

So, this week I went against my better judgement and rented Saints Row IV. I got drawn into the hype. I heard a million other podcasters talk about how it was just plain, old “stupid fun”. And this was the kind of week that I needed some good old fashioned stupid fun. But I didn’t […]


Up Close and Bored: Killer is Dead and the Gigolo Missions

I went into Killer is Dead prepared to love it, to laugh, and to defend the silly gigolo missions as just part of the package. I’d seen the screenshots; I knew how ridiculous they were, how objectifying, but I told myself, it’s just Suda, it’s just Japan, you know how they do. So as soon […]


Episode 62: The 3 New R’s: Rape, Respect, and Responsibility in the Geek Community

Episode 62: The 3 New R’s: Rape, Respect, and Responsibility in the Geek Community  (“Save As” to download or head over to iTunes to subscribe) The episode that almost wasn’t. After trying for 3 weeks we finally got this week’s issue covered. This week we talk about objectification vs. idealization as indicative of a larger […]


The Continuing Saga of Jennifer Hepler

Writer Jennifer Hepler has been in the spotlight again recently, as she announced she was leaving BioWare. The minute the news hit, stories cropped up that she was leaving over the extreme harassment she suffered over a 2006 interview in which she said she didn’t actually enjoy, or was good at, many aspects of gameplay. […]