Heavy Rain and Feminism

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As you may or may not know, I am a college student studying English literature, journalism and screen studies (film). Over the course of my college career thus far, I have learned a lot, finding interest in things I never thought I would care about at all. One such subject that has caught my attention over the past year is gender studies, including not only how patriarchal most societies are (including our own American society), but also how that same school of thought applies to men. (You can’t achieve equality without seeing it from both sides).

Something I wanted to tackle when I started writing for StickSkills was how the subject of gender studies could apply to analyzing video games, but I wasn’t quite sure how to do it. I read up on other journalists concerned with the same subject, like Leigh Alexander, Anita Sarkeesian and everyone involved in the 1reasonwhy and 1reasontobe movements. I learned a lot quickly, but I still didn’t feel comfortable reporting my thoughts and findings on the subject matter to the masses; until now.

What I came to realize is that if I was ever going to write and talk about what I thought mattered in the medium I love, I need to do just that. So, with the help of fellow StickSkills staff member Chris Hague and inspiration from a course in film and feminism, I present a critical dissection of Heavy Rain and how it might be viewed through a feminist lens (in video form).

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Michael is a lover of games, books, TV and movies and is studying English literature, journalism and film at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. He also personally enjoyed the ending of Lost.