This past week, Anita Sarkeesian released the latest installment discussing women as they are portrayed in video games. And, as the internet keeps reminding us, it sucks to be a woman. The reactions to her videos, in which Anita speaks with an NPRish level of intensity, ranged from verbal bile to a long string of death and rape threats.
The internet - okay, maybe I should cut the bull shit here, it’s not the internet; It’s men doing this. Men. Probably somewhere between 13 and 25 years old dumping hate on Anita for…what? What is making them so livid? She comments on the fact that women have been sexual objects in video games and video games ads since video games were created. She also wants and even offers suggestions on how to improve the status of video games.
People go ape shit because they feel she’s attacking video games. And it’s obvious they take any commentary that isn’t 100% positive as an attack. But again, she likes video games and wants to see them improve. She’s on your side! Shouldn’t you be celebrating that someone, anyone is taking video games seriously? Wouldn’t the greater insult be an apathy towards video games or implying that they don’t matter?
But what would happen if Anita isn’t stopped; if the misogynistic cyber-bullies don’t scare her enough to quit; what if people listen to what she has to say and actually do something about the current state of video games? Well, probably a bunch of good things. I bet women’s roles in video games who extend past the sluts, dead bodies, or damsels in distress. I bet more women would play video games. I bet all the horrible games every loves would still a yearly sequel, but there may be some triple-A alternatives.
Keep up the good work Anita. God knows it isn’t easy.