This is appalling. I’ve been loosely following Anita Sarkeesian’s progress as she works on her projects concerning sexism in the gaming industry, and this has to be the most shocking event I’ve seen. Have gamer boys completely lost their minds, let alone their balls? You’d think they’d welcome more players, more people to make the game challenging. I know these issues have been discussed frequently and often; I’m not a total noob. I’ve read what other women and men have said about this, including Ms. Sarkeesian, who has to be one of the bravest women out there. I just want these asshats to STFU and grow up.
I keep wondering what happens to these guys in the real world. Are they sitting in the next cubicle, or handing out dictation? Are they drawing up insurance claims or managing shifts at the plant? (I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt here when my default wants to scream “loser”, but the woman gamers I know come from all walks, so maybe men? Except these are the hysterical shrieks of neckbeards safe in a dorm room or mom’s basement, replacing bulbs on a shelf or sliding pizzas into ovens. This used to be their playground, and now the girls want to play, so let’s push them down and kick dirt into their faces.
Except their language is the language of mauling and rape and murder, and there are too many crazies out there. And some of them live in open carry gun states.
Be safe, women gamers. Ms. Sarkeesian, you were right to be cautious. Be safe. You’re doing something important, and if I could afford bodyguards for you, I’d get them.
This is awful. I just had the chance to see Anita speak at Geek Girl Con this past weekend and she is the absolute nicest person. No one deserves this and it’s beyond horrifying that it’s happening.