Anita Sarkeesian Makes Time's 100 Most Influential People List
Time Magazine names the Feminist Frequency creator to its annual list of people who are "shaping the future."
Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian has been named to the "2015 Time 100," a list of the most influential people in the world, according to the iconic magazine. The list is broken down into "titans," "pioneers," "artists," "icons," and "leaders," all of whom are people who are "shaping the future."
The list was published today, and Sarkeesian is featured on it as a pioneer for her video series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. Her work on this series hasn't been without its detractors, as some in the online community have lashed out at Sarkeesian, sending all manner of horrific harassment and threats her way.
"A lesser person may throw up her hands and unplug her game console, but Anita is determined to ensure that video games are inclusive and representative of everyone who plays them" -- Wil Wheaton
But she continues to stand tall amid the abuse, writes Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton in his essay for Time.
"In the face of hysterical and childish abuse, Anita has refused to back down," he said. "She continues to speak around the world about the role of women in video games and popular media."
"A lesser person may throw up her hands and unplug her game console, but Anita is determined to ensure that video games are inclusive and representative of everyone who plays them," he added. "As her detractors grow increasingly unhinged, we have proof that her efforts are working."
Sarkeesian is the only video game personality to be featured in this year's Time 100. In previous years, however, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson (2013) and Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto (2007) have made the cut. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is on the list this year, but no one from the Xbox team specifically is featured.
Others featured in the 2015 Time 100 include people like rapper Kanye West (titan), Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox (pioneer), country singer Tim McGraw (artist), Russia president Vladimir Putin (leader), and Taylor Swift and Pope Francis (both listed as icons)
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