An 80s Feminist Icon

22:56 Mon 25 Feb 2008
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Despite the screenshot for this clip, it’s not about Ann Coulter.

(Really, watch it before reading on.)


Ms. Pac-Man was actually one of the first video games I was into, and I still remember getting, at age seven, a high score of 14990… where a free life was at 15000, each dot was worth 10 points, and I was caught by a ghost just barely before eating the dot, more or less as close as you could get without eating it. Anyway, I played it as a kid, and since I’m a feminist now (and have been for rather a long time), clearly the piece is correct in asserting Ms. Pac-Man’s iconic status, and in recognizing her influence.

(This reminds me of Marcus Brigstocke‘s line referring to whether or not video games influence children: “If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.”)

That shot of Ann Coulter is pretty damn good, too.

(I came by this clip via Feministe.)

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