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Damsel in Distress – The Clichè of Women in Games [Video]

This is the first part of a video series created by Anita Sarkeesian. The video explores how the Damsel in Distress became one of the most widely used gendered clichés in the history of gaming and why the trope has been core to the popularization and development of the medium itself.

Today many old-school damsel games are being resurrected for modern platforms, services or mobile devices as publishers are in a rush to cash in on gaming nostalgia and capitalize on any recognizable characters from years gone by.

Watch this video to become sensitized for the cliché´s that also may occur on your  or your clients smartphone.


To stay up to date with the series or to find more about representations of women in pop culture go to  Feminist Frequency.


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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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