Video Games & Women, Part II


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What's it like for women who play video games, having to deal with gamer girl stereotypes, in-game harassment and a shortage of strong female characters to play? In part two of their series on video games, Cristen and Caroline take a look how video games and gaming culture treat women.

Episode sources:

"Candy Crush: You play, you're hooked. Now what?" by Jennifer Van Grove. Sept. 02, 2013. CNet. http://www.cnet.com/news/candy-crush-you-play-youre-hooked-now-what/

"Female Protagonists." Giant Bomb. http://www.giantbomb.com/female-protagonists/3015-2287/games/

"Full IGN Interview with Anita Sarkeesian." June 06, 2013. Feminist Frequency. http://www.feministfrequency.com/2013/06/full-ign-interview-with-anita-sarkeesian/

"Games 4 Girlz?" by Stephanie Bendixsen. Feb. 16, 2011. ABC. http://www.abc.net.au/technology/articles/2011/02/16/3140624.htm

"Girly Games, Games For Girls, and Girls Who Game: A Conversation with Femicom's Rachel Weil" by Becky Chambers. May 11, 2012.The Mary Sue. http://www.themarysue.com/girly-games-games-for-girls-and-girls-who-game-a-conversation-with-femicoms-rachel-weil/

"GOTY 2013: Badass Girls Need Not Apply" by Brianna Wu. Jan. 07, 2014. Medium. https://medium.com/the-magazine/1b56d8c8a1fb

"Gurl Gamer." Know Your Meme. http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/gurl-gamer

"How Should a Gamer Girl Be?" by Katie Heaney. Feb. 25, 2013. Buzzfeed. http://www.buzzfeed.com/katieheaney/how-should-a-gamer-girl-be

"Reactions to a woman's voice in an FPS game" by Wai Yen Tang. Feb. 08, 2013. Gamasutra. http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/WaiYenTang/20130208/186335/Reactions_to_a_womans_voice_in_an_FPS_game.php

"Study - 63% of women polled report being harassed while gaming online" by Stephanie Nunneley. VG247. http://www.vg247.com/2012/09/08/study-80-of-gamers-believe-sexism-is-rampant-in-the-gaming-community/

"Social Gaming Industry - Statistics & Trends." Go-Gulf. http://www.go-gulf.com/blog/social-gaming-industry/

"SXSW: Getting GIrls Into the Game: Designing and Marketing Games for Female Players" by Kevin Kelly. March 21, 2007. Joystiq. http://www.joystiq.com/2007/03/21/sxsw-getting-girls-into-the-game-designing-and-marketing-games

"The gender inequality in core gaming is worse than you think" by Dennis Scimeca. Sept. 19, 2013. GamesBeat. http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/19/gender-inequality/

"The Videogame That Finally Made Me Feel Like a Human Being" by Laura Hudson. Feb. 27, 2014. Wired. http://www.wired.com/2014/02/left-behind-women-video-games/

"Why a Video Game Blockbuster Will Finally Allow You To Be a GAy Man" by Stephen Totilo. Feb. 28, 2012. Kotako. http://kotaku.com/5888909/why-a-video-game-blockbuster-will-finally-allow-you-to-be-a-gay-man/all

Academic insights:

"The embodiment of sexualized virtual selves: The Proteus effect and experiences of self-objectification via avatars" by Jesse Fox, Jeremy N. Bailenson and Liz Tricase. 2013. Computers in Human Behavior. http://vhil.stanford.edu/pubs/2013/fox-chb-sexualized-virtual-selves.pdf

"Violence against women in video games: a prequel or sequal to rape myth acceptance?" by VS Beck, et al. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. October 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22550147

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