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Research Blog #3: “Hypermasculinity & Dickwolves”

As part of my research I’ve recently read an article entitled “Hypermasculinity & Dickwolves”. The direct subject of the article is an examination of the Dickwolves affair involving the popular gaming web comic Penny Arcade. In 2010 there was a comic about MMORPGs that included a rape joke. There was backlash by people, primarily women, against the trivialization of rape present in the comic. A fiasco predictably followed. The article used this as emblematic of trends in the gaming community in which women, femininity and women’s issues are sidelined or abused. Given that I’m interested in exploring both the gaming community as well as games, this will provide a useful example of the operating of power dynamics amongst gamers, as they relates to gender.

Bibliographic Information:

Salter, Anastasia, and Bridget Blodgett. “Hypermasculinity & Dickwolves: The Contentious Role of Women in the New Gaming Public.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 56.3 (2012): 401-16. Web.



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