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51% #1630: Filming At Suffragists' Gravesites; Feminist Video Gaming

Shira Chess
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Shira Chess

On this week’s 51%, a professor of entertainment studies hope to draw more women into video gaming. Hear about a film project to highlight suffragists on Election Day and learn why the name of the Democratic vice presidential candidate sparks conversation.

An effort is under way for local filmmakers to capture voters in New York visiting suffragists’ gravesites in their communities on Election Day. The project is from “Women and the Vote New York State.” I spoke with Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Linda Moroney about the project.

“You play like a girl” — It's meant to be an insult. Shira Chess is an associate professor of Entertainment and Media Studies at the University of Georgia and the author of “Ready Player Two: Women Gamers and Designed Identity.” (University Of Minnesota Press, 2017). Her new book “Play Like A Feminist” (MIT Press) urges us to play video games like feminists, and Chess describes that play as empowering and disruptive, exceeding the boundaries of gender while still advocating for gender equality. Chess spoke with 51%’s Elizabeth Hill about the role of video games in society, and why she thinks they’re important.

What’s in a name? KALW’s Sandip Roy brings us his take on mispronunciations, especially when it comes to the Democratic vice presidential candidate. 

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Tina Renick for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio

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