“Anita Sarkeesian launching new video series focused on masculinity in games”

Cultural critic Anita Sarkeesian is planning to follow her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games YouTube series with a new project in 2015 exploring representations of men and masculinity in games.

Sarkeesian revealed the new project in the annual report for her Feminist Frequency organisation, as well as her plans to launch another new series focusing on positive female characters in games, while continuing to point out negative examples with new episodes of her existing show.

The organisation is aiming to build on nearly 5.8m views of its YouTube channel in 2014 – a year in which Sarkeesian became a target for harassment from some elements of the online Gamergate campaign.

In October, she was forced to cancel a planned talk at the Utah State University, after an anonymous email threatened “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if the event was allowed to go ahead.

In her annual report, Sarkeesian says her experiences in 2014 has led to an expansion of Feminist Frequency’s focus to include “advocacy around ending online hate and abuse, analyzing and advancing awareness of how gendered harassment operates online”.

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