Why Early Wonder Woman Was A Champion Of Feminism... And Bondage

Looking back, Wonder Woman's earliest adventures are a little...strange. The first Wonder Woman comics were filled with bondage, submission, and domination — and even spanking games with small children. How was this supposed to be feminist? A new book analyzes those early Wonder Woman comics. » 1/23/15 1:00pm 1/23/15 1:00pm

Why does DC Comics keep insulting its fans?

The real reason that women in fantasy art wear such skimpy armor

It's horribly impractical for ladies to wear bikini armor while leaving their midsections exposed...or is it? Artist Stjepan Sejic reveals the "truth" behind half-naked women warriors. » 2/14/14 12:30pm 2/14/14 12:30pm

Local TV: Sexy Game Characters 'Worse Than Watching Miley Cyrus Twerk'

This local news report has all of the ingredients: Sex, teenage girls, the exploitation of them, video games, and a respected university's research. Here to synthesize it all for us is Life Coach Jenn Lee: "This is even worse than watching Miley Cyrus twerk." » 10/21/13 11:30am 10/21/13 11:30am

This is The Most Incredible Line Up of Gaming's Leading Ladies I've…

Artist Ashley Riot created this wonderful bit of original gaming art to donate to the Child's Play charity dinner auction. » 11/29/11 6:20pm 11/29/11 6:20pm

The Equal Opportunity Perversion of Kotaku

Last week, some folks paid Kotaku the kindness of noticing how...let's call it "progressive"...we've begun to lean over the last few months since I came aboard as Editorial Director. (Dan Bruno, in particular; I had other discussions on Twitter.) Often there was a criticism behind the compliments: Why does an… » 11/14/11 3:40pm 11/14/11 3:40pm

Sexism, Character Design, and the Role of Women in Created Worlds

There are many things I expect to see in a panel called "East Meets West, Art Direction for a Worldwide Audience." I expected to hear Isamu Kamikokuryo, the art director for Final Fantasy XIII-2 discuss how Japanese artists focus on creating new worlds, Norse mythology and its influence on the game, and drawing… » 10/20/11 4:00pm 10/20/11 4:00pm

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

After nearly a year and half of being Kotaku's San Francisco Correspondent and default token girl*, it's time for me to say goodbye. GamePro is whisking me away to that fabled land of print journalism I've heard so much about. » 12/31/09 5:00pm 12/31/09 5:00pm

Girls Night With The Most Male Game Of 2009

It's Friday night and I'm gathering supplies for Girls Night over at my friends' house. Fashion magazines? Check. Nail polish? Check. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for the PlayStation 3? Check. As I chuck the box into my Tinker Bell shoulder bag, somewhere, a feminism fairy dies. » 12/14/09 2:00pm 12/14/09 2:00pm