Dishonesty: Feminist Frequency, Part 5

Dec 14, 2014 · 42 min read

Women as Background Decoration Part 1

This is yet another trope that does not exist outside of the Tropes vs. Women series. The trope would appear to be related to Chromosome Casting as defined by TVTropes. However, it is quite clear that the Chromosome trope is in no way about having unimportant characters in the background that are women.


Objectification theory in relation to women does not have as long of a past as feminism itself. Much of objectification theory is rooted in the work of Karen Horney who stated that males have the “socially sanctioned right” to sexualize all females. Horney and Alfred Adler both took the works of Sigmund Freud and revised them into a Neo-Freudian school. The main point of criticism for Horney was Freud’s “penis envy” and devised the scheme that men actually held “womb envy”.

Sex-Positive Feminism

McIntosh and Sarkeesian are unabashedly sex-negative. They view women as disempowered victims of male sexual power. Expressions of sexuality are thus expressions of male expectations of sexuality instead of female representations of sexuality. The logic here is that men are creating female characters for players. Characters are sexualized in the conceptualization of the masculine instead of the feminine. Sex, for the sex-negative feminist, is a hedonistic practice that glosses over power dynamics.

Male Gaze

NOTE: I have pulled this section from another of my writings.

Objectification Plagiarism

As we have shown, the male gaze is not unique to men. Women are attracted to specific body shapes on men that result in body dissatisfaction in heterosexual men when they do not meet these shapes. Gay men do the same and experience the same. The same is true for lesbians. The only possible argument here is that the patriarchy magically and successfully tells women, lesbians, and gay men what they should be sexually attracted to.

Identified Research

McIntosh and Sarkeesian took a break from stealing the works of others and claiming the works as their own to source a handful of articles.

Domestic Violence

McIntosh and Sarkeesian insinuate that domestic violence is linked to sexism, “Of course, we can’t really talk about sexual objectification without also addressing the issue of violence against women, since the two are intimately connected. Once a person is reduced to the status of objecthood, violence against that object becomes intrinsically permitted.”

Third Person Effect

McIntosh and Sarkeesian write, “Scholars sometimes refer to this type of denial as the “third person effect”, which is the tendency for people to believe that they are personally immune to media’s effects even if others may be influenced or manipulated.”

Women as Background Decoration Part 2

In this final installment of the Tropes vs. Women series, McIntosh wrap up their Women as Background Decoration series. Much of this video is simply a repeat of previous work. As such, readers are encouraged to keep previous points in mind here. This section will be much shorter due to the repeating of points by McIntosh and Sarkeesian.


McIntosh and Sarkeesian single out Hitman’s advertisements as a sign of sexism. Here is one that they decry


Throughout this series, we have looked at many of the shortcomings of the work of McIntosh and Sarkeesian. In the Women as Background Trope two-piece, McIntosh and Sarkeesian literally engage in intellectual theft. They use the work of another person, state they have “built on it” and build on it by wholesale swiping definitions of words.

Listen and believe.


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