After threats against her life, Anita Sarkeesian canceled an upcoming talk at Utah State University. Gamergate trolls are celebrating on Twitter while simultaneously dismissing the threats as nothing. Does this read like nothing to you?
“I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”
The email’s author threatened to murder feminist women indiscriminately in a mass shooting. And because carrying guns on campus outweigh the right of students and guests to be safe, Anita Sarkeesian canceled her talk.
BUT WE SHOULDN’T FEEL THREATENED, RIGHT?
BECAUSE IT’S JUST THE INTERNET, RIGHT?
The bullies won this time. And if you think this shit isn’t dangerous, I’m fresh out of fucks to give and I’m not restocking any time soon. It’s goddamn wrong to to dismiss this by claiming the author isn’t serious. Elliot Rodger’s rantings were dismissed until it was too late.
This. Is. Not. OK.
guns… literally more important than the lives of women in the state of loveable mormons
One of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen.
And if you read KSLs post on facebook about this, it’s full of people saying she did this as a “Publicity Stunt”. It’s really pissing me off that this woman is constantly threatened, and yet people keep assuming she’s just sock puppetting it up. It’s really sad we live in a world that will immediately try to discredit a woman who is threatened with horrendous violence, rather than attempting to protect her and others like her.
If this were just one woman, maybe that argument would work. I am a “Gamer Girl” and have been for most of my life. I have read stories from many women who work in the industry who face harassment and sexism. It’s toxic and largely unpunished in gamer culture.