Too Much Hate for Anita Sarkeesian

July 12, 2012 -

Way back in June we detailed the trouble Anita Sarkeesian ran into after launching a Kickstarter for a video series called "Tropes vs. Women in Video Games." Despite the negative and frankly inappropriate feedback to the Kickstarter, the project generated $158,922 in funding. The original goal was $6,000.

Sarkeesian has been the target of some very disparaging comments and general internet hate mongering for simply wanting to explore the way women are portrayed in video games. Some of it has been harmless enough (sticks and stones and all that jazz), but some of it has been downright nasty. Digital Journal details one of the most horrible attacks so far - a game on popular gaming site Newgrounds.com called "Beat up Anita Sarkeesian" created by an unnamed 25 25-year-old man from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

The game allowed players to hit an image of Sarkeesian, giving her black eyes and other injuries. The game was eventually removed from Newgrounds.com, but the most disturbing part of it was the author's comments about Sarkeesian:

"Anita Sarkeesian has not only scammed thousands of people out of over $160,000, but also uses the excuse that she is a woman to get away with whatever she damn well pleases. Any form of constructive criticism, even from fellow women, is either ignored or labelled to be sexist against her.

She claims to want gender equality in video games, but in reality, she just wants to use the fact that she was born with a vagina to get free money and sympathy from everyone who crosses her path.
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Admittedly we missed this story last week, but it's important to highlight the ridiculous antics of some Neanderthals in the community that are so bent out of shape over a video series that they want to create a digital effigy of someone to abuse. The last time I checked, Canada and the United States were situated in a part of the world where women are equal to men and ideas can be explored without engaging in violence. The part of the gaming community that loathes Anita Sarkeesian needs to call off the Internet holy war it has declared on her for exploring ideas they seem to think are tantamount to blasphemy.

Source: Digital Journal


Comments

Re: Too Much Hate for Anita Sarkeesian

So, basically this idiot protested her by proving any negative opinions she held.

Re: Too Much Hate for Anita Sarkeesian

I've watched most of her videos, and I disagree with a good bit of her opinions.  But I still find this vile.  We're better than this, or at least we should be.

Re: Too Much Hate for Anita Sarkeesian

The last sentence here really does sum it up: the idiots of the internet have all but declared a jihad against this woman for daring to speak her mind. It's fucking pathetic.

Re: Too Much Hate for Anita Sarkeesian

I actually agree with her concept for the Kickstarter, frankly, as I'm not a huge fan of how the majority of games portray woman, which is to say that most games heavily sexualize the image because a it's cheap and easy form of marketing.

"Sex sells", as they say, and so it does.

The attacks made on her aren't really surprising, it's just more proof of how many degenerates the internet really has. Her entire idea was to research the tropes that video game females have on them. I don't see what's the problem with this?

Whether she "manipulated" people to get roughly $160,000 is irrelevant, in my opinion. But on that matter, I can't say I agree. People choose to donate money to a Kickstarter project, she never forced people into donating. If you didn't like the concept then simply ignore it, if you didn't like it but put money on it anyway then that's your own damn fault for not reading what it is you're donating money to.

Re: Too Much Hate for Anita Sarkeesian

not sure i agree with the whole sexualizing thing in an entirety...

given even male characters are nearly always portrayed in very straight up stereotypical action hero style that could be considered "sexualization" of the male body as well... bring this into the very hypocritical level of someone just wanting to complain on one side or the other.

but its often okay to see a guy's nearly fully exposed oiled up and muscular body, but toss a female fully clothed with a super model figure and now its a problem.. never entirely understood that.

don't get me wrong, not advocating either side.. just taking a step back and looking at a larger picture for a moment and thats what i'm seeing, another pot calling the kettle black deal.

most female chars aside from story fodder or side kicks, are usually stand by themselves and kick all guys in the nuts if they even attempt to get in the way.... not sure how thats a bad thing when the same can be said for male versions of the same i mean there is the odd blurb like Other M.... pitifully ruining a long standing awesome female badass of gaming.. but otherwise its really a lot less than is portrayed in other mediums (movies/tv/books, even music..)

aside from the lack of female chars, they're usually on par with, or better than, their male counterparts.. or did i miss something? i mean 20 years ago when saving the princess was the big deal i could understand maybe.. but these days? not so much since the princess is now doing the saving half the time..

Re: Too Much Hate for Anita Sarkeesian

"given even male characters are nearly always portrayed in very straight up stereotypical action hero style that could be considered "sexualization" of the male body as well..."

Except, it's not sexualization of the male form, but power.

Re: Too Much Hate for Anita Sarkeesian

My only problem with her is the Kickstarter itself - she used the work of other people to get $160,000.  I don't think she'll be splitting that money with the people who made the works of art she used.

I'm pretty sure that's piracy.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Too Much Hate for Anita Sarkeesian

What are you talking about? The US (where she is from) has a very clear cut case of fair use for purposes of commentary. That is what she is doing. She is creating commentary and documentaries revolving around other people's copyrighted material. She is not in the wrong for that.

Re: Too Much Hate for Anita Sarkeesian

fair use though implies no money being made from it.

if your making money off the use its no longer fair use so much if you didn't pay for the license to use that content.  Your now just taking from the makers of the content, and slandering them in the process in this case.

Re: Too Much Hate for Anita Sarkeesian

There is no law stating that you cannot make money off of fair use. So again, what she is doing is perfectly within the bounds of fair use.

 
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