Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist who runs a web series called Feminist Frequency and pop culture critic, started a Kickstarter to get people to chip in on a video project she wants to do called Tropes vs. Women in Video Games.
The project is meant to critically analyze how women are portrayed in video games and the kinds of cliches and tropes they tend to fall into in this popular medium.
The plea on Kickstarter actually caused a backlash by people who were vocal about their negative opinions on the project.
A screenshot she took of negative Youtube comments that were left by users is posted on her blog with some of the following comments.
“I hate ovaries with a brain big enough to post videos.”
“She needs a good dicking, good luck finding it though.”
“Would be better if she filmed this in the kitchen.”
Along with numerous other similarly minded comments.
The story caught wind and was reported on many popular video game websites and spread like wildfire igniting a plethora of donations to the project. As of this story, with 25 hours to go the projects goal of $6,000 in donations has been surpassed by over 200 percent and is sitting at around $138,000.
Who knows what it’ll be in another 25 hours? Hopefully this will add to some needed debate on the portrayal of females in video game media.