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This article made me face-hot-blood-pressure-spike-She-Hulk angry.

Do you know who Anita Sarkeesian is? How about Feminist Frequency? If you answered no to either, I humbly ask you to educate yourself. Anita wanted to analyze and deconstruct common tropes and stereotypes of female characters in games. Don't know of any? Oh c'mon... they exist as the "sexy sidekick" or "background decoration"... "man with boobs" or "the fighting f#k toy". Ring a bell now?

She launched a kickstarter, asking for $6,000 to do a series of videos on these topics, She reached that funding within 24 hours and over the following month, ended up raising nearly $160,000! And during that fundraising until now, Anita has been besieged (and that's a fucking understatement) by people who... and wrap your head around this one... didn't want her to make a handful of feminist videos.

VIDEOS!

Are you fucking kidding me?

As a female gamer, I've had a few brushes with misogyny. Like the guy who took my character sheet from me at a D&D session to tell me "what the best course of attack" was and the pissed-off online player who repeatedly insisted I was a "stupid, lucky bitch" because I schooled his ass in an online fighting game. But I have never, NEVER seen the level of hate that's been flung at Sarkeesian. Never. It's epic and not in the hyperbolic way. I mean, an online game where you click on her face so you can beat her up? It makes me ragey but ultimately it makes me sad that this faceless online mob wants to intimidate her into STFU because she wanted to make videos.

I pledged proudly to her kickstarter and I wish I could sent more.

I promoted it via GeekGirlCon.

I will continue to be a supporter of Feminist Frequency and Anita.

Her work is important and even if you don't agree with it, she has a right to speak her mind like I am now.

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weaselton Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
The funniest thing is, if they don't like what she has to say, they can simply not watch said video.
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I know!
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Nywoe Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
When I was a kid, I always named my video game characters my real name. It was kind of bizarre to have NPCs constantly tell me things like "You're a brave boy, Annie."

I saw Anita's Kickstarter pitch before all the threats, and I remember thinking "That's awesome! It's about time someone seriously examined these issues." I get so much respect in my job from my male co-workers, but when I game, I still feel like a second-class citizen much of the time.

That being said, I especially like that Anita pointed out that there are occasional exceptions (such as Portal). This let me know that she is not a crazy man-hating feminist, but rather a thoughtful, insightful, concerned and considerate feminist, willing to fully explore all aspects of an issue. I'm REALLY not understanding where the hate is coming from.
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have zero idea too. It's the oddest thing that folks would get pissed BEFORE she did her videos.
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Tizrak Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
I imagine that my opinion that Anita Sarkeesian should be able to express her opinion freely without being mistreated for it would be similarly controversial. :(
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed.
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Tizrak Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Death threats, sadly, are pretty common nowadays. I remember when Playboy magazine was in the area and a reporter was interviewing "people in the street". I was asked by the reporter whether I thought Playboy should be allowed to show naked women. My response, that I felt that women should be able to decide for themselves if they wanted to be in Playboy or not, got me five death threats on my phone. Huh?
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Five? Whoa.
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Tizrak Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
I think four of them were from the same person, if that makes any difference. :)
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Not particularly but glad none of them carried through :)
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Tizrak Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Oh yes - a death threat is merely annoying; a death threat where they try to carry through is in an entirely different category! :)

So, how is life treating you nowadays? It's been ages since we got to chat.
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I never replied to this. Shame on me! How are you doing?
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Tizrak Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Doing fairly well, all in all. One or two minor things on the minus side of the ledger - a sick aunt, a bit too busy - and a lot of things on the plus side of the ledger - a wonderful girlfriend, an upcoming vacation, getting close to paying off the mortgage, keeping up with the grading. I'll gladly take the overall balance. :)

And with you? I don't see you much around DA anymore, so obviously you've got other things going on. :)
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kaname-chan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I honestly haven't heard of her or the feminist frequency. I just took the time to read the wiki article in you're journal and I feel rather sickened by the fact that people sent her death threats and that of rape. This is the second time in the past 2 months where I have seen a disgusting reaction from people over something that doesn't even begin to warrant such extremities. The first one was when a LA Lakers player missed a shot that could have won a playoff game this year. He was receiving death threats towards himself and his family. These kinds of reactions make me lose more and more faith in humanity.

That she wants to stand up for a cause to change things is more then fine. I think if there is any game that she should focus on it's the new Tomb Raider game after reading a article about it and what one of the producers I think it was had to say about it. It would fit into what she is talking about. Sometimes I think people can be to carried away with feminism. But just because some people are to extreme doesn't mean the ideas in general should be dismissed. And in this situation, the reaction she is getting from others is sad. I don't know how others can think it's appropriate to threaten and harass someone just because they don't agree with something or like it :(
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's more than sad, it's misogynistic and scary.
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kaname-chan Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
True :(
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Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
I agree.
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GargoylesBlood Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:shamrock: "Ye truly got a point here." :shamrock:
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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