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Anyway, time for me to sleep. Tomorrow (assuming I’m around, I may be sans internet): More smut, less of my amateur imitation of Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman.

Wow, that ended up far longer and more involved than I expected. Phrux man, I like and respect you, and I hope you don’t take my rebuttal too personally. I just think that Anita Sarkeesian is way less of a devil than the general scuttlebutt depicts her, and I thought I should address that.

phrux:

geistygeist:

Both sides. Both sides are shitty. There are the bad guys and then the bad girl.

I’m not entirely sure what she’s done that’s so bad? There seems to have been some kerfuffle over this Fine Young Capitalists thing, but that looks like it was based more on a misunderstanding than anything else.

She’s not a gamer and doesn’t actually know what’s she’s talking about, multiple counts of copyright infringement, she’s 3/12 videos she promised several years after her deadline, consistently misinformed, sexist... The overall impression that you get after paying attention is that she’s far more interested in profit and self-promotion than actual criticism.

A feminist criticism of video games is a good idea, but Anita Sarkeesian is absolutely the wrong person to do it. Most of the people defending her seem to be doing it from a feminists vs misogynists viewpoint while ignoring her personal and professional flaws.

Not a gamer: She’s played games. This makes her, ipso facto, a gamer. She presumably has an understanding of games and how they’re played. I don’t believe you have to be an expert at the act of playing games to critique their themes.

Copyright infringement: A quick search suggests there’s only been one complaint, and the fair use issues surrounding that are iffy. She replaced the artist’s picture with another one. Also, I corroborated it elsewhere, and it doesn’t affect the substance of your argument, but in general I wouldn’t believe the fedora-havers at A Voice For Men if they told me the sky was blue.

Deadlines: They get missed. Maybe she underestimated the time it took to complete them, maybe other issues got in the way (say, dealing with a barrage of negative publicity and hate). I’m not going to ascribe maliciousness there.

Misinformed: Let’s get the Bayonetta thing out of the way first, because that post mentions some other things that I’d like to explore. Yes, she should have done better research, yes, she was wrong. No, I don’t think she was necessarily wrong to take down the video. She could have done so because she didn’t want to tarnish her reputation. Or she could have done so because she didn’t want to continue spreading misinformation.

I gather that she’s been wrong about other aspects of games, but she also provides links to transcripts and videos of the games she’s discussing. She’s not exactly going out of her way to obscure the truth.

The bulk of that post is more concerned with the fact that she doesn’t allow comments on her videos. Can you imagine what such a comments section would look like? I don’t blame her. The other criticism there is that she’s preaching to the choir, that everyone already knows the basic feminist theory her videos portray. That may be true, but I would say (and others have said) that the goal of her videos is to advance these ideas to a demographic that, as we have seen, evidently does not get it.

Sexist: I can’t find any proper corroboration of the DICE talk. I’m not going to immediately discount it, but if true it’s pretty shitty. She’d be ascribing her experiences with Mirror’s Edge to all women gamers. However, she is also stating her opinion on the game. If EA demanded that DICE follow her recommendations that’s on them, not her.

I would agree that she does appear concerned with publicity, but you could say the same about anyone with a cause célèbre. Profit: Maybe. That’s a worry for her donors, not me. I believe she’s entitled to pay herself a salary, but she would be more credible if she was more open about where the finances of the project.

I also agree that it’s highly likely that there’s someone more qualified than Sarkeesian to present feminist theory in the context of videogames. I’m sure they could do it in a more interesting way, more professionally, with better research and more passion and enthusiasm for the medium as a whole. But imagine this hypothetical person, ready and willing to produce an interesting, professional blog, vlog, podcast, essay series, whatever. Imagine them looking at all the hate, vitriol, accusations and even death threats the most prominent feminist in videogaming is getting from the so called ‘gaming community’. Would you step up to the plate? I know I wouldn’t.

Until that changes, until the gaming community grows up, until they can learn to address her flaws with reasoned argument instead of shit-flinging and cries of ‘whore’, Anita Sarkeesian is the best we have.

All I remember is stuff about her asking for monthly donations for stuff she’s already been paid for and something about her claiming games like Hitman encouraging murdering female npcs, when they actually penalise it. But again, Tumblr info.

Neither of those seem particularly death threat-worthy.

Both sides. Both sides are shitty. There are the bad guys and then the bad girl.

I’m not entirely sure what she’s done that’s so bad? There seems to have been some kerfuffle over this Fine Young Capitalists thing, but that looks like it was based more on a misunderstanding than anything else.

Didn’t her proof of those threats turn out to be just screenshots of a fake facebook account? Honestly I’ve only followed what’s appeared on my dash.

It was twitter. The account was real but has been suspended. And I guess it’s ‘fake’ in that the poster is probably some oh-so-edgy moron with absolutely no intention to carry out the threats, but if I saw things like that written about me, I’d take them seriously. The usual suspects are saying she wrote them herself for attention, but given that she’s been receiving threats from a multitude of sources since before FemFreq even began, I’m disinclined to believe that.

*disclaimer: I haven’t watched much of Feminist Frequency or gotten really involved with Anita’s stuff, but I’ve read enough news about her to see which side is the shitty side here.

I really hope some arrests are made of the people threatening Anita Sarkeesian. Because, you know, justice, but also because It’ll be interesting to see the kind of badasses making the threats.

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asian:

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We stand at the four corners of the Earth. The Cross is complete. Our time is now.

asian:

doggies doing some dog ritual

We stand at the four corners of the Earth. The Cross is complete. Our time is now.