Anita Sarkeesian is a media critic and the creator of Feminist Frequency, a video webseries that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with women in popular culture as well as highlighting issues surrounding the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces. Anita earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at California State University Northridge and her Master’s degree in Social and Political Thought at York University.
Anita lectures and presents at universities, conferences and game development studios internationally. She’s been a presenter and panelist at various fan, media and technology conferences and has also facilitated and taught multi-day filmmaking workshops. She has been interviewed and featured in publications such as Forbes, Wired, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail and The New York Times. Her videos are freely available via the Feminist Frequency YouTube channel and widely serve as educational tools in high school and university classrooms.
Anita’s first book History vs Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don’t Want You To Know, co-written with Ebony Adams is out now.
Space Invaders: The Fight for a More Inclusive Gaming Industry
From the earliest days of video arcades to the most current home console hits, women have been treated as invaders in the male-dominated games industry; a reality that’s reflected in games themselves, and in the surrounding culture. This talk examines the past and present of gaming to illuminate how some bold industry intruders have begun to change gaming culture for the better, and what we need to do to continue making video games the inclusive industry that it should be.
I Am So Tired: The Costs of Online Harassment
What is it like to be a public figure who is known more for the targeted acts of aggression and hate directed at you than for the creative or scholarly work you produce? Despite garnering critical acclaim and popular support for her groundbreaking feminist exploration of video games, media critic Anita Sarkeesian knows that her public perception remains tied to, and is often overshadowed by, her experiences during GamerGate. In this talk, Sarkeesian recounts the formative experiences that made her into the activist she is today before she unpacks the ways that the behavior of online harssers upholds and furthers a reactionary political agenda and silences the voices of women everywhere.