Video: Damsel in Distress!

Anita Sarkeesian’s first video in her series about the representation of women in video games.

This video explores how the Damsel in Distress became one of the most widely used gendered cliché in the history of gaming and why the trope has been core to the popularization and development of the medium itself. As a trope the Damsel in Distress is a plot device in which a female character is placed in a perilous situation from which she cannot escape on her own and must then be rescued by a male character, usually providing a core incentive or motivation for the protagonist’s quest.

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  1. Manda says:

    Thanks for sharing! I loved her Lego series!

  2. Veronica says:

    Yes, the LEGO-series is awesome. The path they’ve taken annoys me so much. I loved playing with LEGOs just the way they were in the 80s.

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