2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Adult women make up the largest demographic of gamers, according to a new study released by the Entertainment Software Association. Women over the age of 18 make up 36 percent of gamers, edging out adult men who represent 35 percent of the gaming demographic.
Sadly, the video game industry has not caught up with these numbers: Sexism runs rampant. From the way female gamers and actresses are treated, to the actual representation of women in video games — if there are women in the game at all — certain video games perpetuate a culture of misogyny and sexism.
Anita Sarkeesian, of “Tropes vs. Women,” points out the disgusting way that women are treated in video games in her series “Women as Background Decoration.” In “Part Two,” below, Sarkeesian discusses women’s role in video games as “non-playable sex objects,” who are either “sexual playthings and the perpetual victims of male violence.” Warning the below video displays disturbing depictions of violence against women.
The series is the work of the non-profit organization Feminist Frequency, which produces a “video webseries that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives.”
The first part is below:
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Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.