Trivia: Feminist Frequency

  • Colbert Bump: Was given one in the wake of the extreme trolling of the announcement of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series by major sites, like Kotaku and 4chan (especially 4chan).
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: Anita has made a few research mistakes. Among them:
    • Lumping Y: The Last Man and the Daughters of Amazon therein as an example of "crazy man-hating Straw Feminists without any realistic feminists showing up" when not only do calmer, more grounded feminists appear, but Brian K. Vaughan explicitly created the characters as examples of one type of feminist school of thought and other characters as opposing ones.
    • She also listed Clementine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as a straight example of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, even though she is an outright subversion of this trope. To the point that she actually says to her romantic foil: "I'm not a concept. Too many guys think I'm a concept or I complete them or I'm going to make them alive, but I'm just a fucked up girl who is looking for my own peace of mind. Don't assign me yours."
    • She was accused of doing this in her Bayonetta review (which was edited afterwards, see here.), where she made several inaccuracies regarding both the plot and the characters. When criticized for it, she said that it was a misunderstood joke, leading her to edit it to remove the inaccurate statements.
    • In her description of Starfox Adventures, Dinosaur Planet, she states that the game was meant to be "her [Krystal's] own game", and that Fox McCloud replaced Krystal, when in fact he replaced a different character, Sabre. The closest to a mention she makes of Sabre is when she says in passing that Krystal was meant to be "one of two playable characters".
    • Her criticism of Kanye West's music video of "Monster" missed the point of the song, video, and the album as a whole, which was meant to be a critique about the depravities and vapidness of Western Society in general, hence the use of sexualized dead women. In the same video, she then criticizes Amanda Palmer's album "Who Killed Amanda Palmer" as being apart of this same "trend of fetishizing dead women" in media, which is especially baffling as the album title and artwork are meant to be a Shout-Out to Twin Peaks in the first place, and secondly she seemed to have never listened to any songs from the album itself, like "Oasis.".
    • Dollhouse:
      • She says "Dollhouse is basically a glorified brothel." For one, she fails to distinguish between Dollhouse, the show, and the Dollhouse company in the story. For another, she says it like a Wham Line, revealing something telling about the show that the show itself never realizes. In fact, the Dollhouse is described repeatedly in the series as an institution of prostitution and human-trafficking. The season one finale "Epitaph One" even uses the word "brothel."
      • After describing how the second season would move toward the themes of the season one finale, she rants about how horrifying she found the episode "Omega". While "Omega" was the last episode aired in the States, the Dollhouse season finale was "Epitaph One", an episode available for viewing on Hulu and iTunes. "Epitaph One" is a Deadly Distant Finale, and season two would explain how everything reaches that state. The events of "Omega" are irrelevant.
    • Sarkeesian cites Heike Kagero from Super Punch Out as a homophobic/transphobic caricature of effeminate men. In reality, he's nothing of the sort. Heike Kagero's appearance is based on oyama, male Kabuki actors who take on female roles. Japanese culture is so different from Western culture that it's very common for Western feminists to dramatically misinterpret aspects of Japanese media as either good or bad.
  • Love It or Hate It: Trolls aside, mentioning Anita Sarkeesian on the internet will usually provoke two reactions. Either she's an intelligent woman who wants to bring a different perspective to a traditionally male-dominated entertainment field or she doesn't do proper research on the games, takes some things out of context while cherry-picking and comes off as a Media Watchdog.
  • One of Us: She indicates she loves Sci-Fi and fantasy shows, and does a trope-based segment. She also says she loves many of the franchises she critiques, including the Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda franchises. While a throwaway comment she made during a 2010 lecture says she's "not a fan of video games," she later clarified that she previously didn't identify as a "gamer" because of Fan Dumb policing of who is allowed to call themselves a true fan of video games but was a fan of many video games for the Wii and PC. She currently denies the label of "gamer" as a statement against the idea that there are real fans when games are for everyone. Also, she appeared on The Colbert Report.