to host Women’s History Month speaker March 12
critic Anita Sarkeesian will give a presentation at Shippensburg University
March 12 as part of the university’s recognition of Women’s History Month.
program, free and open to the public, is at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room of
the Ceddia Union Building. The program is sponsored by the Women’s Center and women’s
and gender studies minor.
talk is “Deconstructing Strong Female Characters.” She is the creator of “Feminist Frequency,” a video webseries
that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives. Her work
focuses on deconstructing the stereotypes associated with women in popular
culture as well as highlighting issues surrounding the targeted harassment of
women in online and gaming spaces.
“She is the
leading voice in exploring the serious inequality and degrading treatment of
women in various forms of media,” said Stephanie Erdice, director of the university’s
Women’s Center. “We agree with her that we all deserve better representation in
the media and are excited to welcome her to campus to discuss these important
and presenter at conferences, universities and game development studios, Sarkeesian
has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from California State
University Northridge and a master’s degree in social and political thought from
York University. She has been interviewed and featured in
publications such as Forbes, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, Gamespot, The Boston
Globe and The New York Times.