by Feminist Frequency
I backed this kickstarter because I wanted to see enlightened discussion about computer games, and because I want the medium and industry to mature and provide more original and balanced content rather than heavily favouring the tropes it relies on currently.
I certainly haven't been disappointed, I never imagined this would turn out to be so thorough and so successful, or so challenging, I've personally struggled with some of the videos and feel I have learned much from them. I'm saddened by the backlash and harassment but at the same time pleased it is having such an obvious impact.
Ironically, the excessive hate has helped to make your videos even more popular and your research more thorough.
Terrific update (despite the escalating harassment).
This is awesome news! Anita, you've done a world of good and your strength in standing up to the onslaught is commendable. I hope you don't give up.
In the grand scheme of things, gender inequality in video games is but a tiny sliver of the myriad of issues most folks face daily.
However, for people involved, you are a bright light and have done--and continue to do--much to make the world a better place. I am honored that I got to be here right at the beginning and to see you rise to all of the challenges, to face off against the angry, sad trolls who stand in all our way.
I *am* a Social Justice Warrior. Thanks for allowing me to fight for this.
Good luck with everything! You guys are doing a awesome job!
I'm so amazed by the work you've done and excited for the ways that Feminist Frequency can expand in the future. One of my proudest moments this month was getting a tax receipt from you and thinking how glad I was to support someone so brave. Keep up the incredible work!
I continue to be amazed at what this project has started.
Thank you so much for continuing to have the strength, integrity and moral compass to carry the torch, without giving in to the harassment you endure every day on Twitter.
Glad you made it onto the Colbert Report before the show ended. The pic of you at the desk is amazing, and hopefully the discussion you had reached even more people.
Thanks for letting us peek behind the curtains a little, and kudos to the whole FF team.
Anita Sarkeesian, Internet hero.
I couldn't be happier at where Tropes vs. Women in Video Games has gone since its beginnings! Thanks again for making me proud to be a backer. I actually thought this post was going to end with an appeal for more funds a la Double Fine... and I was 100% ready to throw down again. Your work is important and your community supports you. Keep it going!
You are amazing and this update is both comprehensive and impressive! Thank you for all you do!
Thank you for all your hard work and for your bravery.
Thank you for the interesting summary! I'm glad to see you're still fighting and wish you the best!
Each video you drop is a cause for celebration, and the work you're doing is so important. I'm a high school digital media arts teacher, and your videos are an invaluable tool in my classroom when we do our game design units.
I am so, so happy to hear about Fem Freq's nonprofit status, and the attendant hope that it will be an institution that outlives the Kickstarter project and continues on to be a positive influence in pop cultural criticism for years (heck, decades) to come.
I just wanted to add my voice of support and appreciation, small though it may be. I'm sorry that you have to go through all this shit.
Thank you for your dedication, despite the emotional stress and upended life. I am so very glad this is now a not-for-profit, that so many others have signed on to help you and help shoulder the burden of standing up under the hate.
Anita, you are my hero!
Many people would have backed down when they saw the scope of the project increase so much, but you stepped up instead! Great work so far!
So proud to have backed a project, and happy that you've been able to weather this absurd cruelty.
Thank YOU, Anita! ♥
I remember the day this project was announced, as a longtime female gamer I was excited and thought finally, something like this is much needed! I also worried a bit about backlash from misogynist male nerds. We all know what happened.
But it's SOOO great to see the positive impact your work with this series is having!
Thanks for the update. I was going to put some backstory into this comment but it was becoming a novella. Short version: I pretty much ignore modern gaming. I contributed to this Kickstarter because I was disgusted by the harassment campaign and I wanted to say that those cretins do not speak for me. The anonymous cowards who oppose you have to resort to venom, threats, and lies because the other side - OUR side - has all the good stuff like facts, reason, and moral justice.
I'm so glad you're here, doing this work and bringing this stuff out where we can see it, and both saddened and outraged that so many of my fellow men have decided to be inhuman ragemonkey trolls about it. I wish you the best in the future, and hope the mouthbreathers stop harassing you and those like you.
"In May 2014, Feminist Frequency officially became a 501(c)3 nonprofit."
This literally brought (good) tears to my eyes. Well done, haters - everything you've done has made this cause stronger, continuing to prove you're the complete idiots everyone says you are.
Congratulations to Anita and her team. Forward!
Thank you for all your work, your early youtube videos was a major source for me to better understand issues with media and identify my own problematic behaviours.
Facing all you have, your ability to provide a calm collected critique is superhuman, im so grateful.
This is great work. Thank you. Best $25 I ever spent. :-)
Wow! It looks like you're doing great work! I suppose I'll always miss your work on tropes in film and television, but this is an area in our media obviously needs a spotlight. I'm so happy you're doing good and refusing to let the harassment bring you down. I'm sorry there's not enough praise to mute their harshness all the time.
If Feminist Frequency is now a non-profit (YAY!), would you consider making it eligible for donations through Amazon Smile?
Thank you for a comprehensive report and update! This is fantastic, and it's great to see that the project has expanded into something that much more powerful and valuable to the industry at large. We can all see how much shit you have to deal with, but we're with you all the way in this game-changing endeavour.
> Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
RWE would be proud.
Please let us know if there's any way we can help with all the crap this is putting you through.
You consistently make me proud to be a Feminist Frequency backer. Thank you for all your hard work!
"Master's thesis in a few months" indeed! I am constantly floored by the amount of research and careful writing that goes into each of your videos, not to mention the beautiful editing. I can only hope that if I do a thesis, I'll approach it with the same dedication!
Thank you for your dedication to this project!
I have loved and been inspired by every single video that has come out of Feminist Frequency.
Thank you so much for everything you do, for your sacrifice and for your enduring commitment. You're an inspiration for me and thousands of other people.
Thank you for your continued work on this project, and your admirable resilience against the awful backlash you've been subjected to. The videos have been great, and I always enjoy seeing new ones get posted. Thanks again!
Thank you so much, Anita, and your team!
Thank you of course, not only for your tireless work, but your commitment to keeping in contact with your supporters despite and during hard times. Your work is fantastic, thank you once more.
O wow. Another fabulous update. Thanks a million. All strength to you and your inspiring work.
Thank you so much, for all that you do, and from the bottom of my heart. Every time I see folks having kittens when your name is so much as mentioned, it hurts -- but it also says hey, people are listening. You didn't ask for any of this, but you are carrying on with such strength and such continuing compassion, it is amazing to see.
If it helps at all, you were already speaking to game devs, even in the early Feminist Frequency videos -- they made our office mailing list every time a new one came out, and the same has happened with the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. I think a big, big part of this is that most game devs, especially looking around our studio, are now in their mid-to-late 30s, and plenty now have kids of their own. I remember seeing the CEO of Naughty Dog do a post-mortem on The Last Of Us talking about how he'd never really thought about women in video games... until he had his daughter. Sometimes I guess that's what it takes, for people to understand, to have someone in their lives that they care about be subjected to this kind of awfulness... and to want better not just for them, but for everyone.
Some of us have been dealing with it since we were born, and let me tell you, your name comes up -- in POSITIVE ways! -- every time I do a talk about careers in the game industry with high-schoolers, targeted at women in STEM or just in general. We're listening, whether we have been in the industry for over 10 years or are still not legally able to drive. We're listening, and we're learning we can not only insist on better, but can make it happen ourselves.
I'm so sorry that each update puts you through hell. I really appreciate this video series!
You have been doing amazing work. This is by far the kickstarter I am most proud to have supported.
(And I totally understand that, with all this attention, you feel the need to meticulously analyze every word of your videos!)
It really seems like there's been a giant shift in awareness on the issue in the games industry. I'd go so far as to say that it's the artistic medium where feminism has been progressing the most recently, and MUCH of that is because of you.
It must SUCK to be the lightning rod for all the backlash. I can't even imagine being so brave as to continue to deal with all the harassment. Thank you so much.
Hey Linnsey, we have recently started a Steam curator page with some suggested games that have dynamic or well designed female characters, as well as emotionally impactful games with an emphasis on themes of cooperation, empathy or social justice. http://store.steampowered.com/curator/6954951-Feminist-Frequency/
One additional way you could help further change the industry is to publish game reviews or a few recommendations a month. Many gamers want to play games with interesting female characters and want to avoid games that are going to turn on us with annoying BS.
If have devs know there might be a quantifiable FF "bump" for fun portrayals of women it might make some of those conversations easier and might bring us better games. Also, I'm sick of being ambushed by sexist crap and don't want to miss any gems.
Thanks for the sincere and comprehensive update. I may not always agree with you and feel that you occasionally create your own closed arguments to certain topics in your efforts to make things 'bulletproof' (no such thing as a perfect argument) but I truly appreciate the need for the discussion. Your videos are coherent and intelligent platforms for launching that discussion, while shining a direct spotlight on the dire need to have it out in the open in the process.
I'm very happy with what you have produced so far and impressed to see you have dared to take it to the next level with the considerable funds and support you received. All respect to you and your team and I look forward in anticipation to the next video in the series. I know it will be well worth the wait.
Thank You for all of the work you and your team have done and continue to do.
Thank you for all your hard work! You help me make better games.
I'm very grateful for the work you do, and in awe of the bravery you display while doing it.
I stumbled across this kickstarter when I was covering new video game projects for a podcast. I checked into your previous work and was impressed - on the podcast I shared learning about "Women in the Refrigerator" and "The Bechdel Test" and though it would be great for someone to apply the same analysis to video games. I found your points not only made me aware of issues, but gave me specific recommendations that, as a hobbyist game designer, I could apply in my own games.
It comes as no surprise to me then that developers of the industry have embraced your work. I look forward to your work in this year and for many more.
I could not be more impressed with how the project has evolved and how you have managed to handle years of constant, vicious harassment that has at times escalated to the level of outright terrorism (in that it's targeted groups, in addition to you, Anita, as an individual - I don't mean to minimize the severity of what has been directed at you personally). While I would of course like a faster production schedule - because I think the videos have been great overall, and I look forward to them! - I, for one, have no complaints about the project. I appreciate your hard work and perseverence (the entire team, and especially Anita as the lightening rod); thank you and best wishes for safety, sanity, support, and ultimately success in transforming some part of our culture.