Sexism is not a game

You may remember a while ago that I awarded a “feminist of the week” award to the delightful Anita Sarkeesian for her incredible Feminist Frequency videos. If you haven’t seen her, you should check them out. She discusses representations of women in popular culture in a really accessible way.

Anyway, recently she’s been the target of an online hate campaign because, get this, she had the gall to try and raise money to make a video about the treatment of women in video games.

Below is a ten minute Ted talk she delivered, outlining the disgusting sexist, violent and hateful harrassment campaign directed personally at her.

I cannot believe the level of hatred aimed at her. Absolutely rage-making. I am in awe of how she can keep on fighting the good fight. For example, [trigger warnings apply] some of the “gamers” created a “game” with pictures of Sarkeesian that awarded points for how bloody her face got. Can you believe that!? It’s the sickest thing I’ve come across on the internet this week.

On the positive side, her fundraising has raised 25 times more than she ever hoped or wanted and she’s creating fantastic resources for further educating people about sexism and gender. Go Anita!!!

2 Responses to “Sexism is not a game”

  1. Peter Says:

    Probably worth pointing out that the TEDx people disabled comments on that youtube video because of, well, the same harassment campaign she’s describing. :-(

    I’m proud to have backed her campaign, am very pleased that she was able to expand her original scope so much, and look forward to seeing it all come to fruition.

    • doctorpen Says:

      Yeah, it’s so sad that they had to disable the comments. :/

      Good on you for backing her campaign. It sounds fantastic! I especially liked the bit about how she’s creating free educational resources for schools about these kinds of issues. Amazing.

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