Damsel’d = now a verb!

normal_peachkidnappedIt’s finally here! Thanks Charles Tan for passing on the link. Anita Sarkeesian ran a Kickstarter last year to fund her web series Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games, and now Episode 1 has been released.

This one, Damsel in Distress Part 1, looks at classic platformer and console games, and the use of female characters as the object to be rescued. It’s a great piece which why the vid is the perfect medium for this kind of critical work – the excerpts from the games serve to illustrate the points that Anita is making very effectively.

I especially enjoy the way that ‘damsel’ evolves as a term in the video, to the point of being a verb. A character does not become a damsel, she is ‘damselled’ (or maybe damsel’d?) by the games themselves.

Looking forward to more of these with great enthusiasm – my gaming experience is pretty patchy and I’m enjoying the history of gaming that I’m gleaning from this, along with the feminist analysis and media critique.

2 replies on “Damsel’d = now a verb!”

  1. Caroline says:

    Thanks for the link. It’s fascinating how embedded the whole save-the-girl thing is into our culture, so you don’t even notice it until you’re forced to stop and think about it.

    I expect you’ve already seen this, but relevant to this topic:
    http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/03/13/watch-dad-hacks-donkey-kong-so-daughter-can-save-mario/

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