Feminist Frequency

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Feminist Frequency
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Type Company, non-profit since 2014
Leader Anita Sarkeesian

Feminist Frequency is an ongoing webseries of video commentaries that claims to explore representations of women in pop culture media. The video series was created by Anita Sarkeesian in 2009, and episodes for the series are created alongside her producer and co-writer Jonathan McIntosh. In recent years, despite the community voicing numerous concerns, from questionable content to the outright plagiarism of Let's Play content found on YouTube, the Games Media such as Kotaku and Polygon promote the series while ignoring any criticisms made of the series. Feminist Frequency became involved in GamerGate when several of the threats she received was attributed to the revolt, which led to a New York Times article as well as an appearance on the Colbert Report. Feminist Frequency is both a registered business and charity.

Organization's Details

Team

Anita Sarkeesian

Jonathan McIntosh

Katherine Cross Secretary

Jennifer Jenson - Treasurer - Teaches at York University, was Anita's grad school supervisor[1] Was an organizer of the DiGRA 2005 Vancouver event, and has written 6 articles for them.[2][3][4] Also the Co-founder and President of the Canadian Games Studies Association.[5]

Links to Organizations

Silverstring Media

Both Anita Sarkeesian and Jonathan McIntosh consult for Silverstring Media.[6]

This prompted an undisclosed conflict-of-interest on the Feminist Frequency Steam Curator page, as they recommended Crypt of the NecroDancer, a game who had contracted out SilverString for narrative design, without disclosing the Silverstring Media connection.[7][8][9]

Financial Status

1023 Tax Exempt for charity

Feminist Frequency has come under fire by many for alleged misuse of the Tropes vs Women in Video Games Kickstarter funds following its successful funding. The Kickstarter raised over 16 times the amount of money it originally requested, but progress on the series itself has been slow, with only one quarter of the planned topics having been covered to date. Criticism FemFreq's lack of financial transparency only grew after it was revealed that the organization was only officially registered as a charity in the State of California in May 2014, 2 years after the Kickstarter began,[10] raising questions over how donations made prior to this date were used. In January 2015, FemFreq released a financial breakdown of the Kickstarter and subsequent earnings.[11] This financial breakdown reveals that they raised over $440,000 in 2014, with $230,000 having been raised in December alone.[12] However, FemFreq only spent $64,200 in expenditures in 2014, most likely because most of the 2014 donations were made at the end of the financial year. This sudden uptick in donation volume can likely be attributed to Sarkeesian's increased media presence following the start of the GamerGate consumer revolt.

Background Info

Pre- Gamergate

Tropes vs Women in Video Games

This has been moved to Tropes vs Women

Role in Gamergate

Narrative Pushing

In February of 2015, it was revealed that Anti-Defamation League tries to push Feminist Frequency anti-gaming course material into Common Core (a set of standards that is taught in schools in the United States).[13]

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Conflicts of Interest

Katherine Cross

The 2012 Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code form lists Katherine Cross as a Secretary working for Feminist Frequency.[14][15] Katherine Cross has also been to talks involving Anita Sarkeesian[16] and seen in a public photo involving Anita Sarkeesian and Stephen Colbert from the Colbert Report.[17] Between April 2014 and December 2014, Katherine Cross published a total of four notably biased articles which covered Anita Sarkeesian and/or Feminist Frequency. She has failed to disclose her relationship to Sarkeesian and Feminist Frequency in all four articles.[18][19][20][21]

Criticisms and Rebuttals

See: Tropes vs Women for more about those series.

Rebuttals

Trivia

Feminist Frequency Steam Curator - http://steamcommunity.com/groups/femfreq#curation

See Also

Anita Sarkeesian

Jonathan McIntosh

Tropes vs Women

Crash Override Network

References

External Links