Anita Sarkeesian on what she couldn't say

From Ideas at The House

The global conversation about women’s lives has opened up, women’s voices are heard more than ever before, and social media has brought a huge range of public conversations to life. But when you can reach more people, there are more people to offend, and discussions are often curtailed by capital-O Outrage; a Twitter mob can descend on an unwitting provocateur in minutes. There are still some things that women want to say at home, at work and online that they know to keep to themselves if they don’t want to be trolled, or written off as whingers. Talking about the most intimate fears and insecurities, accusations of “playing the gender card”, “first-world problems”, jokes made ‘too soon’ – why are some topics still too hard to talk about, and what are women losing by keeping them to themselves.