Gender is increasingly a sensitive topic. LGBT is becoming more commonplace, turning into FABGLITTER and eventually maybe even the whole alphabet. One that keeps coming up though, as important as queer rights are, is the old case of classical feminism. Anita Sarkeesian is the feminist face of gamer girls, who dared to look into video games and they misogynist ways. I say dared, because if you look up Anita Sarkeesian on Google images, half of them are just pictures of her, the other half are photoshopped images of her being insulted or physically abused.
She wanted to fund her own research into video games (the results of which are here). Gamers the world over, though mostly the trolls from 4chan, decided that they wouldn’t stand for this. Why would this warrant such an outrage? It could be the fact that games are making people like this, it could be that she picked the wrong platform to announce her views, it could even be that sometimes people generalise and they don’t like being generalised.
Women who speak out on all sorts of topics, from politics to entertainment, face the threat of cyber mob harassment as recently experienced by Bioware writer Jennifer Hepler, British columnist Laurie Penny, gamer icon Felicia Day and Shakesville blogger Melissa McEwan, just to name a few. In the last couple of days alone, there have been alarming online threats made against videoblogger Laci Green and Toronto-based organizer Stephanie Guthrie (who was attacked for exposing the creator of the domestic violence “game” targeting me) –Anita Sarkeesian July 10, 2012
As much as Anita is trying to make things righ by studying the stereotypes, I don’t think making stereotypes of people is the right way to go. The masses proved her right but that’s not the point. If the aims are to make the world a better place and remove stereotypes then maybe the preacher shouldn’t be weaponising them to make her documentary. Regardless of all this controversy, there is some much needed ground to cover on both fronts.