Body Language & The Male Gaze - Tropes vs Women in Video Games

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This episode examines the ways in which character animation, which can be a wonderful tool for all sorts of creative expression, is often used in limiting and stereotypical ways to sexualize female characters. We then illustrate that this is just one of many ways that games are predominantly designed around the male gaze, and discuss why male characters who may be depicted wearing little clothing are not objectified in the way that female characters are.

This is the second episode in season two of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. For more on the format changes accompanying season two, please see our announcement here:

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The Tropes vs Women in Video Games project aims to examine the plot devices and patterns most often associated with female characters in gaming from a systemic, big picture perspective. This series will include critical analysis of many beloved games and characters, but remember that it is both possible (and even necessary) to simultaneously enjoy media while also being critical of it’s more problematic or pernicious aspects. This video series is created by Anita Sarkeesian and the project was funded by 6968 awesome backers on

Assassin's Creed Syndicate (2015)
Batman: Arkham City (2011)
Bayonetta 2 (2014)
Bullet Witch (2007)
Destiny (2014)
Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)
Mass Effect 2 (2010)
Metal Gear Solid V (2015)
Ninja Gaiden II (2008)
Remember Me (2013)
Resident Evil: Revelations (2012)
Saints Row: The Third (2011)
Street Fighter V (2016)
The Last of Us: Left Behind (2014)
Tomb Raider (2013)
Uncharted 2 (2009)

The multimedia clips included in this video constitute a 'fair use' of any copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of U.S. Copyright law which allows for criticism, comment and scholarship.

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Women as Background Decoration Part 2:
Women as Reward:
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