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Each new video that Anita Sarkeesian posts is a sign that the bullies are losing

Anita Sarkeesian, still standing
Anita Sarkeesian, still standing

On Monday, Anita Sarkeesian posted the latest installment of her Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games series on YouTube, a half-hour examination of the ways in which video game makers use sexualized violence against women as a cheap way to spice up their narratives and appeal to straight male gamers.

Her tone was measured, her analysis clear and logical and supported by dozens of clips from a wide assortment of games.

Late Tuesday night, this happened:

That’s right: Sarkeesian was forced to leave her home due to violent threats against her and her family … because she made a YouTube video analyzing violence against women in video games.

She then posted some of the threats she had gotten from a Twitter account set up specifically to harass and threaten her and her family. [TRIGGER WARNING for graphic rape and death threats.]

For a larger version of the screenshot, see here.

Sarkeesian has also been tweeting some of the other threats she gets on a daily basis from anonymous gamers who are incensed that a woman has anything critical to say about their precious video games.

https://twitter.com/femfreq/status/504437681527353344/photo/1

You’ll notice that several of these threatening comments mention videos by Thunderf00t, a “skeptic” videoblogger best known, at least in the corner of the internet I write about, for a series of videos in which he viciously attacks some of the women who’ve drawn the most internet hate from angry misogynists – from skeptics like Rebecca Watson and Melody Hensley to video game maker Zoe Quinn and video game critic Sarkeesian.

Thunderf00t’s attacks have won him kudos from assorted Men’s Rights activists, from the regulars on the Men’s Rights subreddit to A Voice for Men “operations manager” Dean Esmay, who has praised his videos and urged other MRAs to subscribe to them.

In other words, the harassment of feminist women on the internet is directly linked to antifeminist propagandists like Thunderf00t – and his MRA fans and enablers.

The constant, vicious, personal attacks on Sarkeesian you see not only in video game circles but from Men’s Rights Activists – on Reddit, on A Voice for Men, on YouTube, and so on – have helped to create a hostile environment in which critiques of sexism in games result in real-world death and rape threats against women. This has an undeniably chilling effect on the free speech of women. That in fact is the intent of the harassers.

Margaret Atwood once famously observed that

Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.

I think we need an internet corollary to Atwood’s observation:

Men posting on the internet are afraid that women will block them. Women are afraid that men will treat them like Anita Sarkeesian.

Thing is, Sarkeesian keeps moving forward, diligently researching and putting forth the videos she promised she would. All the huffing and puffing of her critics and attackers hasn’t shut her up. Each new video she puts out is a testament to her courage and her perseverance. Each new video is a blow against those who would shut women up. Each new video helps to inspire others who’ve gotten similar threats to continue speaking up and speaking out.

Supporting Sarkeesian helps to support every woman who wants to be able to speak out online without fear of violent threats. There’s no better proof of this than how angry the biggest misogynistic bullies get whenever feminists and other people of good conscience rally around her. The bullies are still angry about the money she raised via kickstarter, money that has enabled her to bring a new professionalism to her videos.

Hell, AVFM Bully-in-chief Paul Elam is still so angry about this that he’s already accusing her of “damseling for dollars,” collecting “gash-cash” because of these latest Twitter threats. Indeed, in a post that’s a lot more revealing than he intends it to be, he complains bitterly that she’s getting bigger donations than he is:

I am jealous. I have had half the major media in a couple of countries disingenuously and maliciously demonize me. Even after forcing some retractions I bet I got more threats than Sarkeesian.

My reward? Jack shit.

Maybe it was because I didn’t swoon hard enough or treat the threats like they were tickets to Disneyworld.

Oh, don’t be modest, Paul. You take in tens of thousands every year by pretending to be some sort of human rights generalissimo. You raked in $35,000 this summer by trumpeting “threats” that you were saying privately were phony.

While Elam “damsels” and fumes, Sarkeesian simply goes about doing the job she set out to do. Each video she puts out is yet another “fuck you” to her haters, and they know it.

U mad bros?

Here’s the video that caused all the stir. It’s well worth watching. CONTENT WARNING: Graphic violence against women.

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cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

BTW, mods, we thank you for your service. Nobody wants a tired scrolling finger from trying to zoom past a whole herd of teal deer, so we appreciate your generosity in sparing us from that.

weirwoodtreehugger
7 years ago

Funny, I don’t recall any of us asking for a debate with this clown. If I thought he’d give us some good quotes or terms to add to the WHTM lexicon, maybe. But I’m not seeing any indication that’s going to happen.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

Every time he says he’s not coming back I feel like he’s threatening to come to my house and make me delicious pizza, and then clean my bathroom for me.

kittehserf - MOD
7 years ago

cassandra, you’re most welcome. ::bows::

katz
7 years ago

You’re trying to threaten us with stuff we actually want – it’s like threatening to kill someone unless they eat a delicious cookie.

Because “cookie or death” isn’t that hard of a question.

Puddleglum
7 years ago

Whenever I find the trolls on the rest of the interwebs too much, I like to come here and see their little brains try to wrap themselves around how little we care about their opinions.

Cake please!

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
7 years ago

The best part is seeing it start to dawn on them that maybe this is how little women care about their opinions in general, and it’s just that in most spaces those women don’t tell them so.

Kim
Kim
7 years ago

I want to see the rest of that routine now… how did he get to a joke about cake or death?

kirbywarp
kirbywarp
7 years ago

One of the related videos has the rest of the bit. It’s something to do with the Church of England, and how they wouldn’t have made for a very good Inquisition.

Kim
Kim
7 years ago

I found it and have been watching it for the last 2 hours. I’ve never watched him before – he’s awesome. 🙂

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7 years ago

Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It actually used to be a enjoyment account it.
Glance complex to far brought agreeable from you! However, how can we keep in touch?

Stephen Rice
Stephen Rice
6 years ago

Now, you see, I personally do not agree with a lot of the stuff Anita says in the video in question. I think she makes a lot of good points (the Hitman thing is pretty fucked up), and raises some interesting questions, but her main point seems a bit… reactionary to me.

But at this point, I don’t think that even matters anymore. It stopped being about that when people started threatening to rape her.

I don’t see how any reasonable person can watch this show and interpret it as “WE NEED TO CENSOR ALL VIDEO GAMES AND LOCK ALL GAMERS IN FEDERAL PRISON!”

LinkxZeldaFan
LinkxZeldaFan
6 years ago

Sarkeesian is so cool. I admit I was iffy on her at first (there’s just so much slander on her >.<) but after doing my research I know that what she stands for is good and true.

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