It is unbelievable to me that sexism is SO prevalent on the internet, that a Kickstarter project like “Tropes Vs Women,” a video series that will examine female characters in video games, gets such a vitriolic response on YouTube. A project that HASN’T EVEN BEEN CREATED YET. JUST FOR RAISING THE QUESTIONS AND POSITING THAT - MAYBE - SOME VIDEO GAMES MIGHT BE PROBLEMATIC IN THEIR DEPICTIONS OF WOMEN. It amazes me that merely bringing up the possibility of a problem is enough to inspire people to come out of the woodwork to say things like:
“Why do you put on make-up if everything is sexism? Why don’t you shave your head bald, stop wearing makeup, and stop wearing huge slut earrings? You are a fucking hypocrite slut.” - DrMuganda
“What’s the matter? Free speech hurts your feelings? Is it triggering your flashbacks? Pathetic.” - Papercrafter47
“LESBIANS: THE GAME is all this bitch wants.” - LoganCovers91
“tits or gtfo” - way too many fucking people
What’s funny is that I doubt any of these limp-dicked assholes would actually muster the nerve to say any of this stuff to someone’s face, or even using their real names. But hiding behind a screen name on YouTube? Suddenly they’re these big, strong men with these big strong opinions.
Anita Sarkeesian has always put her name and her face where her opinions are, and in this way, her ovaries are bigger than any of these guys’ balls. :) Seriously, if you have to hide behind a screen name to say this shit? Dicks or gtfo.
If you think that comments like this are unwarranted, horrible, or ridiculous (I think they’re all three), then support Feminist Frequency’s “Tropes Vs. Women” video project. The Kickstarter is still going on, and while she’s already made her goal, Sarkeesian deserves to be able to make more videos and make them even better. No one pays her for this, and yet her videos have been used in classrooms as a resource in teaching about feminism and media. If she’s not getting paid, she at least deserves to not have to go into her own pocket to make these valuable videos.
Click the link above, read the archived horrible comments she received if you can stomach them, then click on the Kickstarter link and back the project if you can. Or spread the word if you can’t. Either way, don’t let the Internet Trolls win.