|Anita Sarkeesian Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||August 15, 1983|
Anita Sarkeesian is an award-winning Canadian-American media critic, YouTuber, blogger widely known for her blog page Feminist Frequency and her contribution towards the portrayal of women in video games. Her work has been published in prestigious publications like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Anita’s TV show Tropes vs Women in Video Games garnered a lot of attention and she faced online harassment for the same. Her main focus is to improve gender inclusivity in gaming culture and the media about women.
She has served as an advisor for Silverstring Media and as a judge for the Games for Change Awards. Her blog Feminist Frequency is actively involved in producing online content and blogs that focus mainly on the rights of women and how they have been subjected by the media. She has also been an active public speaker for conferences such as TEDxWomen, XOXO Festival, and many others. Anita has been referred to as “a burgeoning organized feminist critique” by Soraya Murray. She is a recipient of various awards and nominations such as an Honorary Award at the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers (NAVGTR) Awards for her “Damsel in Distress” videos in 2013 and she was also included in the “50 Most Fascinating People on the Internet” list by Cosmopolitan in 2015. She has also co-authored a book along with Ebony Adams titled History Vs Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don’t Want You to Know in the year 2018.
California, United States
Anita completed her graduation in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge in 2007 and then later went onto pursue her masters in Social and Political Thought from York University in 2010.
Media Critic, Blogger, Public Speaker
- Father – Varkis ‘Wally’ Sarkeesian
- Mother – Seta Kegham
- Siblings – Ida Sarkeesian (Sister)
Anita is managed by-
- Soapbox Inc. (Speaking Engagement)
- Inkwell Management (Literary Requirements)
5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
60 kg or 132 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
Anita has Armenian ancestry.
Angular face structure
Anita endorses her own brand Feminist Frequency through her Instagram page.
Best Known For
Her blog and YouTube channel Feminist Frequency and for her views on the portrayal of women in media, especially in video games
Anita’s first book titled History vs Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don’t Want You To Know was published on October 2, 2018. It was co-written by Ebony Adams.
First Web Show
In 2013, she made her first web show appearance on Tropes vs Women in Video Games as the host of the show.
First TV Show
She made her TV show debut as ‘Herself’ on CBS This Morning in 2014.
Anita Sarkeesian Favorite Things
- Books – Queen Sugar, O.J.: Made in America, All the birds in the sky, A seat at the Table, Politically Reactive
Source – Feminist Frequency
Anita Sarkeesian Facts
- She co-authored the essay Buff vs Bella Buffy vs. Bella: The Re-Emergence of the Archetypal Feminine in Vampire Stories in 2011.
- She has served as a judge for the Games for Change Awards and also been an advisor for Silverstring Media.
- Anita’s parents migrated to Canada from Iraq in the 1970s.
- She has won several awards for her prominent contributions to the field of feminism.
- She joined hands with Bitch magazine for her show Tropes vs. Women in 2011.
- She is also a public speaker and has spoken at various conferences such as TEDxWomen, XOXO Festival, and many more.
- Anita was included in the list of “The 50 Most Important People at the Intersection of Technology, Art, Science, and Culture” by The Verge in December 2014.
- She has faced a lot of online harassment after the release of her show Tropes vs. Women in Video Games.
- She was referred to as the “Pop Culture’s Most Valuable Critic” by Rolling Stone after the Utah State University death threats.
- Anita was among the “50 Most Fascinating People on the Internet” list by Cosmopolitan in May 2015.
- Anita got motivated to start her own video series on the female portrayal in video games after she received the invitation to speak with the developers at the video game company named, Bungie.
- Her series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games was initially scheduled to be released in 2012 but she delayed it because she received more funding than expected which helped her to level-up the project.
- Anita’s blogs have been used as study materials in universities for women’s study courses.
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