On Anita Sarkeesian in 2014

August 6, 2014 // Published by Stephen Keating

By Samantha “Kitten” McComb I was recently asked what I thought of Anita Sarkeesian and the phenomenon surrounding her. I originally said that she was unremarkable, but I think I should take a step back and swallow my words on that. Her ability to stand up to people and her resilience is absolutely remarkable and […]

Kojima Women: Metal Gear Solid

July 14, 2014 // Published by Rei

“It’s rude to keep a lady waiting.” — Naomi Hunter No female character in Metal Gear Solid is treated with any semblance of gender parity, but Hideo Kojima and company come closest with Ukrainian weapons analyst Nastasha Romanenko. This is partly because Snake is never required to speak to her. Nastasha is the only named character other […]

Kojima Women: Metal Gear 2

March 20, 2014 // Published by Rei

Solid Snake infiltrates the fortress nation of Zanzibar Land to rescue Dr. Kio Marv, whose bioengineered microorganism, OILIX, holds the key to solving the world’s energy crisis. “She’s a woman.  Don’t be fooled by her enemy disguise…” — Dr. Drago Pettrovich Madnar When Solid Snake encounters the again-imprisoned Dr. Pettrovich Madnar, Madnar mentions to Snake […]

Kojima Women: Snatcher

March 19, 2014 // Published by Rei

Amnesiacs Gillian and Jamie Seed both wake-up from cryogenic sleep fifty years after a biological catastrophe wipes out half of the world’s population.  Gillian then joins JUNKER, a police force tasked with hunting down bioroids, dubbed Snatchers, which murder humans and assume their identities. “Well, you know they say women are uncomfortable around particularly handsome men….” […]