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Black-and-white photos of women flooded Instagram in mid-July with the hashtag #ChallengeAccepted. So far, more than 6 million women have posted pictures using the hashtag and that number continues to increase. 

The trend, originally from a 2016 challenge to raise cancer awareness, reappeared with a new purpose this past month — a reminder of the femicide rates in Turkey and the importance of the Istanbul Convention, which was signed in 2011 to take measures that would prevent violence against women, protect victims and prosecute the perpetrators.

Video games are often criticized for subjecting their female protagonists to exaggerated character traits of sexist proportions.  The Bayonetta games and their titular main character may just seem like another blasé babe at first. The first installment —released in 2009—follows…