Anita Sarkeesian’s popular web show, Feminist Frequency does something obvious. It seeks to identify the female stereotypes in film. I have all these 27 dresses and no man! Seems fair.
Her next step was to start a Kickstarter to develop one that turned the same critical eye toward video games. Then the problems started.
She was attacked online, viciously.
The comments section of her Kickstarter video were overrun with the kind of horrific misogyny that as a survival skill, you do your best to block out. For example,
“Tits or GTFO
You’re a bolshevik feminist Jewess
LESBIANS: THE GAME is all this bitch wants
Why do you put on make-up, if everything is sexism? … You are a hypocrite fucking slut.
Would be better if she filmed this in the kitchen.
I’ll donate $50 if you make me a sandwich
You hate your father don’t you.
Her Wikipedia page was edited to a morass of pornographic images and links to porn. So much that the top Google search for her name showed the sentence, “Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist video blogger and cunt.”
Ah. Good thing we don’t need anything like her videos.
The good news? Anita Sarkeesian had originally asked for $6,000 on Kickstarter to produce her video game series. She got $158,922.
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