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.

"Female Protagonists." Giant Bomb.

"Full IGN Interview with Anita Sarkeesian." June 06, 2013. Feminist Frequency.

"Games 4 Girlz?" by Stephanie Bendixsen. Feb. 16, 2011. ABC.

"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.

"GOTY 2013: Badass Girls Need Not Apply" by Brianna Wu. Jan. 07, 2014. Medium.

"Gurl Gamer." Know Your Meme.

"How Should a Gamer Girl Be?" by Katie Heaney. Feb. 25, 2013. Buzzfeed.

"Reactions to a woman's voice in an FPS game" by Wai Yen Tang. Feb. 08, 2013. Gamasutra.

"Study - 63% of women polled report being harassed while gaming online" by Stephanie Nunneley. VG247.

"Social Gaming Industry - Statistics & Trends." Go-Gulf.

"SXSW: Getting GIrls Into the Game: Designing and Marketing Games for Female Players" by Kevin Kelly. March 21, 2007. Joystiq.

"The gender inequality in core gaming is worse than you think" by Dennis Scimeca. Sept. 19, 2013. GamesBeat.

"The Videogame That Finally Made Me Feel Like a Human Being" by Laura Hudson. Feb. 27, 2014. Wired.

"Why a Video Game Blockbuster Will Finally Allow You To Be a GAy Man" by Stephen Totilo. Feb. 28, 2012. Kotako.

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.

"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.

Tropes vs. Women in Video Games:

Damsels in Distress, Part I

Damsels in Distress, Part II

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