Death threats drive Anita Sarkeesian from her home

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]

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  1. I'm going to tell them the same thing I tell jihadists:

    If you have to threaten or kill people to prove you're right, it means you aren't.

  2. Reading the Snappy response to sexist harasser yesterday I was depressed by the line, "Brianna Wu is a game developer and a frequent writer about gender issues in tech. As such, she frequently receives harassing, unpleasant emails."

    Emphasis mine. What was depressing about that story is what makes this story even worse: it's expected. It would be nice to live in a world where this story is shocking because it's uncommon rather than being shocking because it happens too often.

  3. The offending posts included specific, credible information, including home addresses of both her and her family.

  4. It's awfully easy to discount threats as non-credible when they're pointed at someone else.

    Seriously, the tweets included threats of explicit violence, sexual violence, and arson, visited on her and her family, attached to their home addresses. That's more than enough to be a criminal act in any jurisdiction you can name.

    Honestly, reading the tweets sounded like they came from something out of American Psycho.

    But go on, tell us how hypothetically brave you'd be if it was your name, your home address, your family's names and home addresses, attached to those threats.

  5. You're laboring under the misapprehension that it's possible to be sexist against men.

    It's not.

    It's possible for men, individually, to face gender discrimination.

    But sexism is a system, deeply rooted, universally experienced, constant undertone in the lives of women. It is not a series of isolated incidents: it is an inescapable fact of life.

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