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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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