Anita Sarkeesian, whose excellent Tropes vs Women in Video Games series is an important contribution to the discussion of gender and games, has been driven from her home by enraged male gamers whose stalking, and explicit, credible threats of sexual violence against her and her family convinced her to go into hiding.
In so doing, these men have ably demonstrated the point Sarkeesian sought to make all along: that gaming is riddled with misogynistic violence, and that this violence reflects a real-world misogyny rampant within the gaming world.
Trolls drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house to prove misogyny doesn’t exist [Adi Robertson/The Verge]
I think I’m just tired of people telling me what I should think, what I should act like, what I should believe in, what ideology I should adopt, who I should worship. It’s the same thing, over and over again. What’s labelled as progress is simply masked as another cycle of insidious oppression resurfacing. You could literally sit there for hours and deconstruct why an artist’s video is satire and force me to applaud their critique and brilliance, and I could still disagree. They do what they do, I do what I do. Feminism is an umbrella term for an enormous ideological system in which individuals will continuously argue and debate over its “proper” form.
What feminists must understand is that we’ll disagree (and agree) over a plethora of topics. We’ll find that our understandings of feminism will change over time, and our identification with feminism, as well. It’s quite simple to be passive aggressive over others who differ in their ideological viewpoints. It’s a lot harder to sit down, discuss, and critique together.
What we, as people, need to recognize is that there are a lot of self-serving feminists out there who will try to exploit you and your will in the name of “feminism” and will be quick to demean you and your views. You need to learn to recognize this harmful behaviour and distance yourself from these types of people. They exist in all ideological movements. Just because you disagree with their point of view, doesn’t make yours or theirs necessarily wrong. Ideologies are a lot more complicated than right or wrong.