Video Game Makers Can’t Stop Sexualizing Dead And Brutalized Women

A compelling video history of a creepy trope.

Yesterday, Anita Sarkeesian released the latest in her video series “Tropes vs Women in Video Games”, an impressively comprehensive cultural history of misogyny and female objectification in the medium. While the series initially met with the predictable protests of the “Not all men” and “Not my video games” contingent of the internet, those voices have grown quieter under the weight of evidence marshaled by Sarkeesian in the half-hour videos.

This one is about the truly creepy and pervasive trope of using brutalized, maimed, or dead female bodies sexually in games:

Let’s repeat, one more time: Gaming. Doesn’t. Need. Creeps.

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Joe Bernstein is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Bernstein reports on and writes about the gaming industry and web culture.
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