Duane de Four is an educator and activist specializing in gender violence prevention, bystander intervention, diversity, and sexual health education. He’s also a hardcore gamer and media critic who has spoken at PAX East on gender representation in games and gender equality in the gaming industry. In this episode of Polygamer, de Four speaks with Ken Gagne about how male and female characters are treated differently in such games as Batman: Arkham City, the toxic masculinity that has manifested itself in GamerGate, and how rape is an issue for both men and women.
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- Brianna Wu’s legal defense fund for women
- Reward for the capture of Brianna Wu’s harassers
- Brianna Wu on Less Than or Equal
- Ken Gagne on Less Than or Equal
- Spirits of Spring on IndieSider
- The Pubcast interview with Molly Ostertag and Brennan Lee Mulligan of Strong Female Protagonist
- 2004 mockumentary CSA: Confederate States of America
- Duane de Four
- PAX East 2014 panel "Sex, Sexy & Sexism: Fixing Gender Inequality in Gaming"
- What is toxic masculinity?
- Lollipop Chainsaw’s sexualization of high school cheerleader Juliette Starling fails as parody
- Batman: Arkham City thugs assault, sexualize, and objectify Catwoman
- School shootings a result of toxic masculinity
- Duane meets a real-life GamerGater who believes Anita Sarkeesian faked her own death threats
- It’s On Us & HeForShe
- Zoe Quinn on Twitter: "If video games have taught me anything, it’s that if you encounter enemies then you’re going the right way."