I feel a little apprehensive writing this.
I’m generally anti-confrontational. Barring the occasional volcanic outburst, I keep my life free of drama. It’s less stressful.
Expressing heartfelt and vehement support of Anita Sarkeesian on the internet seems to be asking for trouble. Yet that’s exactly what I’m about to do.
She’s my new hero.
Also, this is going to count as Journ Reading 3.
A trigger warning before proceeding. Although I have kept the most graphic and disgusting material out of the body of my article, some of my hyperlinks will take you right into the cesspool. I feel that maybe if I produce evidence of the violence and sheer volume of misogyny surrounding this issue, people will stop claiming it’s all a feminazi conspiracy. But I doubt it. Watch this comments section.
(Then again, this blog is rarely read, so…)
Others who stood behind her have been harassed and sent rape and death threats. To clarify, I am only referring to people who said “I think Sarkeesian is right”. The harassment Sarkeensian herself received, and continues to receive, is off the charts (MAJOR TRIGGER WARNINGS).
Someone told the organisers of the Game Developers Conference that they would detonate a bomb at the event if Anita’s scheduled talk went ahead. Some genius also made an online game that involves punching an image of Sarkeesian. Her face is mutilated until the screen turns red. The cybermob tried to hack her Twitter account, lewdly vandalised her Wikipedia page and sent her countless pictures depicting her getting raped by popular video game characters.
See, there are a lot of people who really want to silence Sarkeesian. She is scaring them.
How? Who is this terribly photoshopped demon?
An academic who produced YouTube videos that deconstruct video game stereotypes.
The videos are sober, rational and well-produced. At the beginning of every one she explicitly states that “it is entirely possible to be critical of some aspects of a piece of media, while still finding other parts valuable or enjoyable”.
All she really does is point out the similarities in ways in which video games represent women. As someone who has played a considerable number of games, I found it fascinating. But it’s not as if she was of a vitriolic tirade against the industry.
And yet… Internet explosion!
Dear misogynists. You are fairly stupid. You just drew a massive amount of attention to the thing you hated. And proved Sarkeesian’s points.
The funny thing is, if it wasn’t for you, I would never have heard of Sarkeesian. I would never have watched every single one of her videos. And I would never have written this article.
Thanks for this. I stumbled across it. Now I am an Anita fangirl. Also : “er”.
There is a subsection of the gaming community that is obviously terrified of the very possibility that gaming might change and cease to serve their interests and ideologies. God forbid women are actually treated as fully developed people in media. Don’t take away the bewbs!
So terrified in fact, that they will not even concede to the possibility that Sarkeesian makes some kind of sense. So even when the industry itself lauds her work and, yes, changes how they write women into games, the fanboys are still crying. And moaning. Together. On 4Chan.
How very hardcore, mature and clever you are, fanboys.
Here are a bunch of links related to the topic that some might find interesting.