Feminist Frequency is a video webseries that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. The video series was created by Anita Sarkeesian in 2009 and largely serves as an educational resource to encourage critical media literacy and provide resources for media makers to improve their works of fiction. All Feminist Frequency videos are available on YouTube to watch and share for free without any advertising. These educational videos are made possible by generous donations from viewers.
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 Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal 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 was the recipient of the 2014 Game Developers Choice Ambassador Award and was nominated for Microsoft’s 2014 Women in Games Ambassador Award.
Jonathan McIntosh serves as producer and co-writer on Feminist Frequency’s Tropes vs Women in Video Games web series. Jonathan is a pop culture hacker and transformative storyteller. He has been remixing mass media narratives for critical purposes since before the invention of YouTube. Everything he makes is freely available on the internet to view, share and remix. His viral remix videos “Buffy vs Edward” and “Donald Duck meets Glenn Beck” have been featured and discussed by major media publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, WIRED, and on National Public Radio. His online videos have been recommended by Roger Ebert and celebrated by Lawrence Lessig, while Glenn Beck has said of Jonathan’s work “It is some of the best, well made propaganda I’ve ever seen”.
Jonathan has given lectures and facilitated workshops around the world focusing on remix video, transformative storytelling, fair use and critical media literacy. Recently, he’s given presentations at Transmedia Hollywood, Interactive Arts and Media at Columbia College, Festival de Cine Global Dominicano in Santo Domingo, Ars Electronica Symposium IV in Linz Austria and Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona in Spain. Over the past several years he’s been a regular speaker and workshop leader at the Open Video Conference in New York City.
His remix and HTML5 video works are often included on course syllabi and screened in classrooms by educational and media literacy organizations. As an advisory board member at New Media Rights, Jonathan is an outspoken advocate of the fair use doctrine.
- No More Helpless Damsels: One Gamer’s War on Sexism – WIRED Magazine – August 16, 2013
- Fans Take Videogame Damsels Out of Distress – Wall Street Journal – July 3, 2013
- Taking on games that demean women – Boston Globe – June 22, 2013
- Lara Croft’s Next Adventure – Entertainment Weekly – March 1, 2013
- Dangerous Games: Tropes vs Women Bullying – Global 16×9 TV Segment – Nov, 2012 [VIDEO]
- Sexual Harassment in Online Videogames: How to Fix the Problem – Forbes – August 3, 2012
- In Virtual Play, Sex Harassment Is All Too Real – New York Times – August 1, 2012
- GeekGirlCon ’12 Preview: A Q&A with Anita Sarkeesian – GeekGirlCon – August 1, 2012
- Woman Vs. Internet: How Anita Sarkeesian beat trolls – GamesIndustry International – July 10, 2012
- From Samus to Lara: An Interview With Anita Sarkeesian – Gamespot – June 12, 2012
- How Anita Sarkeesian funded a project about video game sexism – PMSClan – June 10, 2012
- Tropes Vs Women in Video Games – Gaming As Women – June 18th, 2012
- Feminist Take on Games Draws Crude Ridicule, Massive Support – Wired – June 14th, 2012
- The slacker is back – and this time she’s female by Hermione Hoby, The Guardian – March 24, 2012
- Oscars, Soccer, and Bluegrass on KSPC Uproot: A Public Affairs Show – Feb 26, 2012 [Audio]
- The Oscars’ woman problem by Michael Barthel on Salon.com – Feb 25, 2012
- Parks and Recs’ Unfortunate Misstep by Steve Winchell – Feb 25, 2012
- On the Female Anti-Hero… by Ben Martin – Dec 6, 2011
- The Bechdel Test and Women in Movies, KUOW Radio, The Conversation – July 1, 2011 [Audio]
- Feminist Frequency, WAM! the media & Mujeres de Maiz, KPFK Radio, Feminist Magazine – March 16, 2011 [Audio]
- The Feministing Five: Anita Sarkeesian, Feministing – March 12, 2011
- My Interview with Feminist Frequency’s Anita Sarkeesian, Text Appeal – January 17, 2011
- GABcast: M.I.A./The Bechdel Test (Podcast or Transcript), Gender Across Borders – September 14, 2010 [Audio]