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''[[http://www.feministfrequency.com Feminist Frequency]]'' is a web series created by Anita Sarkeesian and co-written by video remixer Jonathan [=McIntosh=] to analyze pop culture from a feminist perspective. The point of the series is to point out female character archetypes, mostly negative criticism towards what she regards as the UnfortunateImplications that ensue from various shows and movies. Part of her stated goal is to educate people on feminist theories using pop culture to communicate basic concepts. In addition to covering individual subjects and top best/worst lists, there is a six-part mini-series on "Tropes V.S. Women" started in 2011 and an in progress mini-series on "Tropes V.S. Women in VideoGames" which is planned to have 12 parts when completed. Both works just so happen to use this very site as inspiration.

A fundraiser for her videos turned out highly successful due to media attention on an associated harassment campaign. Feminist Frequency was later turned into an official not-for-profit organization. Though started and run by Anita Sarkeesian, Feminist Frequency as a project is technically a group effort. Another contributor is Jonathan [=McIntosh=], credited as a producer. The other members of the project choose to remain anonymous.

''Feminist Frequency'' has earned some rather... ''controversial'' reactions, so please please '''please''' observe the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement.
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!!Tropes {{discussed|Trope}} in the series:

* TheBechdelTest: She suggests an addendum to it that interactions between women should amount to more than a minute of screen time, to clear up debate over cases where there are only one or two sentences. She also points out a [[DeggansRule corollary for the portrayal of people of color in films]], where two or more of them talk to each other about something other than a white person.
* Each of the "Tropes V.S. Women" episodes focuses on a particular trope she considers to be negative:
** First: ManicPixieDreamGirl. Anita also brings up TheMuse, conflating the concept with [=MPDGs=]. In her view, the concept of muses is antithetical to the idea that women can also be artists.
** Second: WomenInRefrigerators
** Third: TheSmurfettePrinciple
** Fourth: The Evil Demon Seductress, a combination of female HornyDevils and TheVamp.
** Fifth: The MysticalPregnancy
** Sixth: {{Straw Feminist}}s
* The Tropes Vs Women in Video Games has started being released:
** The first three are about the DamselInDistress.
*** The first focuses on the definition (a woman rendered completely helpless so the hero can rescue her) and the history of the trope from some of its earliest incarnations up to the year 2000.
*** The second focuses on more modern games and the trope's combination with other tropes for a DarkerAndEdgier twist. Murdering the hero's wife and forcing him to rescue his daughter combines the DamselInDistress with StuffedIntoTheFridge. Some combine the two (called by Sarkeesian, "Damsel In The Fridge") by getting the hero to rescue the murdered wife's soul (usually from hell), and some have the twist of getting the hero to [[CrueltyIsTheOnlyOption murder her himself]] at the end of the game to rescue her from mutilation or just to get at the villain, sometimes with her begging to be freed (combining it with MercyKill, called by Sarkeesian "Euthanized Damsel"). She then places the games' violence against women in the context of reality, focusing on the fact that the final combination rationalizes violence against a woman for her own good and the fact that this is a rationalization often used in abusive relationships.
*** The third is about role reversal and the differences of the DistressedDude from the DamselInDistress. In it, she also discusses the continued use of the DamselInDistress, portrayal of ironic sexism in indie and mobile games, and the distinction between subversion of the trope as opposed to parodies of the trope.
** The fourth is about the "Ms Male Character" trope, a subtype of DistaffCounterpart, with digressions into the SmurfettePrinciple and TertiarySexualCharacteristics.
** The fifth and sixth are about the "Woman as Background Decoration" trope, referring to non-playable character {{Fanservice}} that caters to the MaleGaze and the related VideoGameCrueltyPotential. The second part of this also references the tendency for DropDeadGorgeous to focus on female characters (particularly in marketing materials), while men have a much wider variety of death scenes that don't center around their sexuality. It also refers to WouldHitAGirl in cases where a female character is introduced purely for an evil male character to beat up to prove how evil he is.
** The seventh and eighth videos focus on who Sarkeesian considers "Positive Female Characters" and why.
*** The seventh video focuses on The Scythian from [[VideoGame/SuperbrothersSwordAndSworceryEP Sword and Sworcery EP]], specifically examining the emotional impact of [[spoiler: the Scythian's HeroicSacrifice]].
*** The eighth video focuses on Jade from VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil, examining her relationship with other characters and the role of her socioeconomic status in gameplay.
* MostWritersAreMale: Discussed most of the time.
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!!Works specifically discussed in the series:
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'': Described as having StrawFeminist villains.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TrueGrit'': She likes Mattie as a smart young woman but argues against other feminists calling it feminist because Mattie promotes masculine violence instead of feminine cooperation.
* ''Film/SuckerPunch'': Viscously derides it as a "steaming pile of sexist crap" (and takes the time to call [[ZackSnyder its director]] an idiot).

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Argues that, while she hates it as much as most people, she feels that they do so for all the wrong reasons, and that the "right" reason to hate it is because Edward is a creepy, possessive stalker, as the character himself references him as in the companion book ''Midnight Sun''. While she doesn't go into the details of the feminist analysis, it echoes a tidal wave of feminist backlash to the ''Twilight'' series easily accessible with a web search and the video is not so much an effort to analyze ''Twilight'' as it is a reference to a larger discussion.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': She likes the first book for its portrayal of Katniss as the strong, reluctant warrior but finds the premise unrealistic. She considers the later books to pointlessly distort the story into a ''Twilight''-esque romantic Will they? Won't they? and simplify the Katniss character into sexist cliche. She likes the film adaptation but finds the RaceLift casting racist.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': Praised it for interpreting women (the main character specially) for being tech-savvy and the use of non-violent conflict resolution. Panned the third season for literally villainising feminists.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Although she hasn't discussed the show in an episode, she has mentioned it often as one of her favorite shows and characters. She has also published one dissertation in which she compares Buffy to [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Bella Swan]].
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': She considers it misogynistic because the [[VillainProtagonist Villain Protagonists]] are sympathetic at the same time they do horrible things to women.
* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'': She considers it wonderfully feminist for presenting a strong, independent single mom and for having a lot of character development.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': She finds it sexist for promoting female dependence to alpha male types represented by the murderous raping vampires.
* ''Series/MadMen'': She considers it sexist and doesn't buy that presenting retro sexism to make us laugh at the 1960s removes the element of sexism and thinks that it ultimately serves to make sexism be perceived as acceptable.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': She doesn't like having a crazy serial-killing man as a part of popular entertainment.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': As with above, she doesn't like it for having crazy serial-killing men as a part of popular entertainment. She describes it as sexist but doesn't go into why.
* ''Series/CSINewYork'': As with above, she doesn't like it for having crazy serial-killing men as a part of popular entertainment.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': She indicates she considers Zoe part of an anti-feminist trend recasting tough male roles to women, flashing Zoe's profile while discussing the trend with regard to why she thinks Mattie Ross in ''True Grit'' is not a feminist character.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* KanyeWest: She calls the music video for "Monster" misogynistic for fetishizing dead women.
* Music/JustinBieber: She sees his version of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" as about a StalkerWithACrush and thus creepy.


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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'': She describes its {{Fanservice}} pandering to the MaleGaze as misogynistic, and she especially doesn't like its marketing in Japan, where people in the subway were encouraged to take flyers covering up a wall-sized poster of the protagonist in order to undress her.
* ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'': She presents its original version ''Dinosaur Planet'' as a feminist game made sexist when turned into a DolledUpInstallment for the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'': Cited as a reference source.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': She likes Katara. With regard to the film ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', she finds the RaceLift casting racist.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': She approves of it but hasn't gone into detail why. Although she has expressed disappointment in the idea of Equestria being a monarchy, especially in light of [[spoiler: Twilight Sparkle ascending to the throne.]]

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!!Tropes {{invoked|Trope}} during the series:

* AccentuateTheNegative: Largely focuses on what she finds sexist in the media.
* ActionGirl: She tends to be highly critical of these kinds of characters, seeing them as ''not'' empowering, but, more often than not, capitulations to toxic masculinity and its exhortation of violence over communication.
* ActualPacifist: She has shown to have a strong dislike of violent media in all forms, and has praised games like ''VideoGame/GoneHome'' and ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' for not relying on it to tell their stories. She believes that traditional masculinity as defined itself with violence to the detriment of all other forms of expression, and speaks out against toxic masculinity in her videos and on Twitter. She has dissented from other feminist commentaries and criticized ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' for connecting its supposed empowerment of women with ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer.
* AndThatsTerrible: She argues that Hollywood "should feel really guilty right now" about using the Mystical Pregnancy trope.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality:
** Anita tends to dislike moral ambiguity within media; in her review of the ''Hunger Games'' series, she uses the presence of hecklers at the movie showing she attended to illustrate her belief that a piece of media which could be [[DeathOfTheAuthor resistantly read]], [[MisaimedFandom aberrantly decoded]], or mocked by a potential viewer has a BrokenAesop by default.
** Her points against ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' seem to indicate that she believes that characters who perform violence against women should be completely evil and unsympathetic. For instance, she finds the character Topher offensive for being funny and likable at the same time he apathetically victimizes women through his job at the Dollhouse. She criticizes (season 1) Boyd for continuing to work at the Dollhouse even though he seems to understand its problematic nature. In general, she criticizes the show for taking place from the perspective of sympathetic [[VillainProtagonist villains]].
** By the time she uploaded "Women as Background Decoration: Part 2," however, she seems to have changed her mind. She explicitly calls out video games which use violence against women to paint them as evil:
-->So when games casually use sexualized violence as a ham-fisted form of character development for the bad guys, it reinforces a popular misconception about [[KickTheDog gendered violence]] by framing it as something abnormal; as a cruelty committed by only the most [[CardCarryingVillain transparently evil strangers]]. In reality, however, violence against women, and sexual violence in particular, is a common every day occurrence, often perpetrated by [[MemeticHandGesture "normal men"]] known and trusted by those targeted.
** Somewhat subverted as Anita has shown to like the game TowerFall, a game that focuses on killing the other players without without yourself getting killed.
* ButNotTooEvil: Anita doesn't care much whether it's the good guys or the bad guys who are being sexist.
* EpilepticFlashingLights: "Women As Background Decoration Part 1" shows the ''Duke Nukem 3D'' strip club scene and the attract mode from ''Rave Racer'', both which uses a hefty amount of strobe lighting.
* IconicOutfit: Nearly all fan and parody art will show her wearing a pink plaid shirt, hoop earrings, and a ponytail.
* MenUseViolenceWomenUseCommunication: Discussed in her videos for True Grit and Veronica Mars.
* NotSoDifferent: Many of her supporters point out that the tropes she criticizes in video games are also complaints levied by gamers. It's not ''quite'' the same since the gamers may criticize things from the perspective of a ''specific'' franchise while Sarkeesian criticises it as part of a wider context.
* SarcasmMode: In the latter part of the Tropes Vs. Women videos.
* ViewersAreMorons:
** Sometimes justified in that her videos are intended to be accessible to children as well as adults and to be played in classrooms, as well as predominant criticism indicating an ignorance of basic discussed concepts. Plus, some of the tropes she discusses, such as WomenInRefrigerators, are arguably a bit too obtuse for the average viewer to know by name.
** In the first Tropes vs Women in Video Games video, about a minute is spent describing to the audience what a Damsel in Distress is, even though the trope is very well-known.
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