Women as Background Decoration: Part 2, the latest video in the Tropes vs Women in Video Games series from Feminist Frequency and Anita Sarkeesian is online. The latest video continues to explore "sexualized female bodies often occupy a dual role as both sexual playthings and the perpetual victims of male violence," according to Sarkeesian's description on YouTube. Here's a little more on the latest episode from Feminist Frequency's YouTube channel:
"The Women as Background Decoration trope which is the subset of largely insignificant non-playable female characters whose sexuality or victimhood is exploited as a way to infuse edgy, gritty or racy flavoring into game worlds. These sexually objectified female bodies are designed to function as environmental texture while titillating presumed straight male players. Sometimes they're created to be glorified furniture but they are frequently programmed as minimally interactive sex objects to be used and abused."
A full transcript of this episode can be found here. You can watch the latest video here or check it out to your left. Games highlighted in the latest video include Bioshock, Dead Island, Dragon Age: Origins, Fable 2, Hitman, and many more.
As usual the reaction from both supporters of Sarkeesian's work and those who vehemently disagree with it is turning social media into a black hole of name calling, bullying, and hate on both sides. On the plus side, the latest video has garnered the public support of many developers including Double Fine's Tim Schafer and the man behind the Avengers movies, Joss Whedon.