Anita Sarkeesian is a media critic, blogger, public speaker and is known as the founder of the organisation Feminist Frequency which is a website that stores videos and provides commentary exploring representations of women from a feminist viewpoint. Feminist Frequency is a not-for-profit company that also examines the media’s relationship to gender, race, and sexuality. It was funded initially by a Kickstarter fund that allowed Sarkeesian to challenge negative representations of women within the world of computer games, most famously creating the ‘Tropes vs Women’ series of films on YouTube that created a furore and a flurry of abuse by trolls gathering under the hashtag GamerGate.
Sarkeesian told the Guardian in an interview that GamerGate ‘”existed for years before it had a name. It was the same core players, the same harassment, the same abuse.” She likens GamerGate to a “childish, temper tantrum.” But a tantrum that abuses women. Feministfrequency.com is also an educational website that provides a feminist analysis of the media from computer games and film to TV programmes. They believe in intersectionality, activism, justice, accessibility and see themselves as advocates of modern women all over the world today.
Today, Feminist Frequency is a not-for-profit educational organization that analyzes the media’s relationship to societal issues such as gender, race, and sexuality. Our videos encourage viewers to critically engage with mass media. We also provide resources for media makers to improve their works of fiction, and we’re producing a new series focused on the lives and accomplishments of trailblazing women in history that’s intended to inspire creators to think beyond the limited, marginalized depictions of women we so often see in historical media. Their goal is to encourage male-dominated media outlets to re-configuretheir often tired and cliched views and to stop the abuse of women online and in the real world too.
Sarkeesian, A. (2009 – 2017) Feminist Frequency, https://feministfrequency.com/about/ (January 17 2017).