In the latest episode of Rick & Morty alternative The Simpsons, guest star Alison Bechdel describes her famous Bechdel test for films: Do two female characters have at least one conversation that’s not about a man? Marge immediately brings up Homer, provoking Bechdel’s FAIL animation, shown here in handy exploitable…
Last week, footage of two women fighting in Overwatch went viral.“You’re one of the worst Mercys I’ve ever played with,” one told her team’s Mercy player. “Me? You’re the Mercy who’s rezzing one person and feel like they’re really good,” the second player, Bailee, shot back.
According to Overwatch lore, D.va is a pro gamer who serves and inspires her country. In real life, D.va’s role is starting to mirror her in-game persona, as she becomes a symbol of hope for women in South Korea.
Womanhood can be a contortion act. Prospering is often a matter of stretching, compressing and jaggedly code-switching like artists’ jointed wood mannequins—the kind girls buy in middle school when a Cosmopolitan quiz augurs the life of a painter. Perfect Woman, a Kinect game released last Wednesday, is about those…
While the explosive growth in popularity for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has mostly made the Fnatics and the Na’Vis of the world into esports stars, the women’s competitive scene has often been an overlooked cornerstone of the game. That’s finally starting to change as some of esports’ biggest sponsors and…
It’s strange to edit a feminist website when almost nothing offends you, because the feminist website is traditionally imagined to run on offense.
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.
Another week, another DC comics scandal highlighting their portrayal of Women - this time, particularly egregious T-Shirts asking women to declare themselves the future Mrs. Batman, or 'celebrate' Superman scoring with Wonder Woman. How many more times is it going to take DC screwing up to stop with this bullshit?
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.
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."
Artist Ashley Riot created this wonderful bit of original gaming art to donate to the Child's Play charity dinner auction.
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…
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…
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.
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.