The first episode hit the tubes today, and be warned, it goes after some of gaming’s sacred crows. But, as Sarkeesian says: “Remember that it’s both possible and even necessary to simultaneously enjoy media while being critical of its more problematic or pernicious aspects.”
This comes after two straight days of defending himself online from people who find these kind of shenanigans abhorrent. He repeatedly insisted he deplores sexism, despite a Steam profile that indicates otherwise.
Toronto activist Steph Guthrie was one of the first people to call out Spurr on Twitter, sparking a long and drawn out debate, out of which a lot of thoughtfulposts and discussions were born. Guthrie has documented the whole thing in a very thorough Storify, seen below:
The backlash includes the game, which was posted to www.newgrounds.com by a user calling himself Bendilin, 25, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
The game’s creator accuses Sarkeesian of “scamming,” money out of donors, and claims she, “Uses the excuse that she is a woman to get away with whatever she damn well please (sic).”
Ah yes! It’s a classic twist on the Nigerian Royalty scam, but instead of duping people out of money on false pretenses, Sarkeesian accepts voluntary donations through a reputable fundraising site and explains exactly what she’s going to do with the money. Genius!
Good men need to speak up when misogynists run rampant, says radio host and video blogger Jay Smooth on the heels the threats and harassment on Anita Sarkeesian’s Kickstarter pitch for an exploration of gender tropes in video games.
There’s lots of good stuff in here, but my favourite line has to be:
When you bully and harass a woman for speaking her mind all you do is show us is that you’re afraid of that woman’s voice and you don’t think you can beat her intellectually without using a cheat code.
Video via ThinkProgress’ Alyssa Rosenberg, who has been writing about male allies in video games and how they can take on the trolls.