Sunday, July 8, 2012

What's a Trope?

What is a trope?
A trope is a common pattern in a story or a recognizable attribute in a character that conveys information to the audience.
Anita Sarkeesian has started a video project examining the 5 most common female stereotypes in video games:
  • Damsel in Distress - Video #1
  • The Fighting F#@k Toy - Video #2
  • The Sexy Sidekick - Video #3
  • The Sexy Villainess - Video #4
  • Background Decoration - Video #5
Apparently, some trolls have taken offense that their "toys" will be subject to a video review and have mounted an online harassment campaign against Ms. Sarkeesian and her video project: Tropes Vs. Women.
Knock it off, guys.  Women make 77 cents for every dollar men make, republicans across the country are attempting to restrict women's access to contraceptives, family planning, cancer screenings and abortion, Rush Limbaugh is calling women who use contraceptives "sluts", republicans significantly weakened the violence against women act and the economy is tough for everyone, so lets not criticize women who lodge exceedingly valid complaints about societies portrayal of women in video games, movies and TV.  We can't fix a problem, if you can't see it.
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