When I think about feminism in the media I think of Anita Sarkeesian. You might know her from that Feminist Frequency series she created on YouTube. Anyway, Sarkeesian is a female gamer who likes to talk about feminism in the games media online in her video blog series and on her website. While this is a good idea I think she might be preaching her views to the wrong choir if you know what I am saying.
Gamers tend to me more brutal than any other group of people in the world. Gamers are racist, misogynist pigs and Anita has tried to pull them up on it through her web series. However, what she had to deal with is not acceptable on any level. In 2012, she started a kickstarter to look at gender tropes in video games. Nothing wrong with that, could be an interesting study right? I can give you 3 guesses what happened next. She was berated by the hive mind that is 4chan gamers. I say 4chan gamers because these are the people who would go this far. I don’t see your regular 12 year old Call of Duty player who just told me to “go F** myself” going this far as to harass the poor Anita. What happened was she was sent numerous emails with pictures of her being raped by Video game characters, her website was subjected to Denial-of-service attacks and there was even a game created online called Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian.
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
In the end the attacks seemed futile as Anita made over 150,000 dollars on her kickstarter campaign and she went on to create the video series as she intended to. So why did she receive all this abuse? Like I said gamers are racist, misogynist pigs. Anyone can put a target on their back for looking at something in games media that goes against this. Anita ignored the target on her back and ended up creating a somewhat decent series online.