HPU to Feature Media Critic in Presentation on Women in Pop Culture Narratives

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 18, 2014 – High Point University will feature media critic Anita Sarkeesian, who will present “Tropes v. Women in Video Games,” part of her popular Web series “Feminist Frequency,” which explores representations of women in pop culture narratives. The event, co-hosted by Women’s and Gender Studies and the Department of Communication, will be held at 7 p.m. on April 3 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

In the event, Sarkeesian will discuss the creation of her popular video blog and her series that focuses on gender and video games. She will also speak about her successful Kickstarter campaign and how her work has sparked a dialogue on online sexual harassment and the nature of online communities.

“Women’s and Gender Studies is thrilled to be partnering with the School of Communication in bringing Anita Sarkeesian to High Point University,” says Jenn Brandt, director of Women’s and Gender Studies, who is helping coordinate the event. “Sarkeesian is at the forefront of contemporary, feminist media criticism, and she delivers her message in a clear, accessible way. Her creative engagement with media allows her to analyze very complex issues of gender representation and systems of privilege and oppression in ways that are interesting and accessible to a variety of audiences.”

Sarkeesian, who earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies at California State University Northridge and a master’s degree in social and political thought at York University, has focused her work on deconstructing the stereotypes and tropes associated with women in popular culture, as well as highlighting issues surrounding the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces. She lectures and presents and universities, conferences and game development studios internationally, and has been interviewed and featured in publications such as Forbes, Wired, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, and The New York Times. Her videos are available for free via Feminist Frequency YouTube channel and widely serve as educational tools in high school and university classrooms.

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