This Damsel in Distress video is the first episode in a web series from Feminist Frequency, which looks at "the way women are portrayed in mass media and the impact they have on our culture and society." This project is curated by Anita Sarkeesian, who is no stranger to misogynistic online harassment.
This video explores how the Damsel in Distress became one of the most widely used gendered clich?s in the history of gaming and why the trope has been core to the popularization and development of the medium itself.
As a trope the Damsel in Distress is a plot device in which a female character is placed in a perilous situation from which she cannot escape on her own and must then be rescued by a male character, usually providing a core incentive or motivation for the protagonist's quest.
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